Lament, Poetic Prayer, Petition, and Protest: Community Choirs and Environmental Activism in Australia

Julie Rickwood


Many community choirs sing simply for the love of music or for fun. Others sing as an expression of identity or are driven by philosophical and political constructs. Some choirs follow the tradition of utilizing singing and song as protest. Within this latter cohort, choirs have emerged that are committed to sustaining environmental activism. This article will broadly consider the context for the alliance of community music and political activism and its expression in Australia. A comparative analysis of two community choirs that engage in environmental activism will then be provided, followed by some concluding remarks on that confluence.

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