Sing for Europe launches in Lancaster

A choir came together in song following the EU Referendum.
A choir came together in song following the EU Referendum.

Calls are being made for everyone to come together in song following the EU referendum.

Conductor Jude Glendinning and a group of people met with a few hours’ notice in Lancaster to sing the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Now Jude Glendinning is calling for people to reconcile, despite their vote, and sing.

Jude said: “We have come together because many of us feel heartbroken and grief stricken

about the result of the referendum.

“We are singing tonight in a spirit of reconciliation, not in a spirit of hatred, loathing or resentment but in a spirit of love, peace and joy.

“We would love it if that joy, this anthem, this European anthem, which will never stop being our anthem, however we voted, we would love it if this anthem spread all over the country, uniting people in a very, very difficult and challenging time, to work together to make a better society and better planet.

“That is the spirit in which we are singing tonight. We hope you too will join in and sing the Ode to Joy in your offices, on the trains, in market places, factories and homes, sing it alone, but sing it.”

On Monday night the choir contained a majority of people who had voted “Remain” in the EU Referendum, but there were also some members who had voted “Leave”.

Ppeople had travelled from as far away as Lakeland and Preston to take part.

The “Ode to Joy” speaks of universal brother- and sisterhood, and was sung by the group in a spirit of reconciliation between people of differing, and often strongly-held, views.

The performance can be viewed on Facebook, “Sing for Europe”, twitter @SingforEurope and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/b2xWmBFz3RM.