What gets your goat?
At the beginning of 2015 Bedford Arts Choir took on the mantle of the Complaints Choir of Bedford to sing your grouches, peeves and pet grievances in Spring 2015. The public were invited to share gripes they needed to get off their chests and the choir used them to form the lyrics of their songs.
Some of our favourite complaints were;
“Everything I want to do is always on a Tuesday”
“It’s choreeezo not chorittso…”
“Thinking you’ve found 10p and discovering it’s the end of a party popper”
The Choir performed live at Bedford Esquires and were featured on radio 5Live singing the public’s grievances in the last days before the UK General Election.
Complaints Choir is a community art project that invites people to sing about their complaints in a choir together with fellow complainers.The first Complaints Choir was organized in Birmingham (UK) in 2005, followed by the Complaints Choirs of Helsinki, Hamburg and St. Petersburg in 2006.
The project was initiated by artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen. A video installation consisting of the documentation of the public performances of the four choirs were shown at Kiasma (Helsinki, Finland), S.M.A.K. (Ghent, Belgium) and Museum Fridericianium Kassel (Germany) among other venues.
When the video clips of the choirs were distributed through online magazines and video sharing websites, the idea spread quickly to many other countries. To date there have been 140 Complaints Choirs worldwide.