EDI Choir

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) choir at the University of Bristol is open to all staff and students to express their feelings, especially around issues of equality, diversity and inclusivity.

The small and welcoming choir is open to all who want to get involved in the creative process and to sing.


The choir originally started as a way to give people a voice around complaints. Turning these issues into song may sound strange at first, but it’s a really powerful way of getting the message across and amplifying people’s voices.

We have now moved onto exploring other issues that are really important such as mental health. The choir was started in 2017 and has performed four times in the University.

The choir is directed by musician Emma Smallwood. Emma leads us through the whole process, turning the material into song, and encourages us to get involved in the creative process in creating the songs as well as learning and singing the songs.

The Bristol EDI choir draws inspiration from other complaints choirs around the world, bringing people together and to using members shared beliefs to work together and use our energy to make positive changes.

Join us

Get involved: No auditions, just a willingness to get stuck in!  

We normally meet every Monday, 1 pm to 2 pm in the Common Room at 8 Priory Road, Bristol.

As of April 2020, we meet online on Monday lunchtimes.

Email Julia at edi-choir@bristol.ac.uk to find out how you can join in. You can also follow us on Twitter.


Our latest song is about microaggressions, those everyday intentional or often unintentional behaviours that can undermine a culture of inclusion, and is based on the experiences of some of our staff. We hope you listen and learn about this everyday prejudice that happens in our University, and that you will do your part in stopping microaggressions from happening.

I joined the choir in Jan 2020, and I was really nervous at first because I had never sung in such a small group. I was also aware that the things we are singing about are really important to people so there is a feeling of responsibility. But the main thing is that everyone is so welcoming and its really good fun!

Ruth Welters

It's really great being part of the choir. I've made some lovely new friends and I've loved being involved in developing songs about issues and barriers that staff and students at the University have told us about including the lack of accessibility in the University and the need to support people with invisible disabilities.

Beth Tartleton
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