HullabaZoom & ZoomTheRoof!

In these weird times of social isolation I am deeply aware of the need to keep connections thriving.

I am running my two weekly choirs, Hullabaloo Community Quire and Raise the Roof through the Zoom platform.

These sessions will be open to all, and an opportunity to see faces and to sing.

Anyone who has already participated in a choir session through Zoom will know their limitations. However I will try to be as creative as possible with the format and everyone will have a chance to sing like no one is listening (because no one will be!).

Please join the mailing lists for Hullabaloo and Raise the Roof to get more info about the sessions.

And, should you want to support the creative work I do during these times, perhaps you might buy me a coffee?



The National Trust 125th Anniversary Anthem & Springsong Project

I am delighted to have been commissioned by the National Trust to compose the 2020 anthem for Springsong, an event celebrating the charity’s 125th anniversary.

The piece will be performed by twenty-two pop-up choirs, as a Singing Beacon, on May 16th 2020. The first choir will start at Alfriston Clergy House, which is the first property to have come under the National Trust’s care in 1896. From there, the Singing Beacon will pass from property to property, with each choir handing over the choral baton to the next choir! The anthem is called ‘For Everyone For ever’ and features lyrics contributed by the Trust’s staff and supporters. It finishes at Waddesdon Manor.

I will be conducting a Springsong choir at Nymans in West Sussex. If you would like to participate at Nymans please click here.

Which National Trust properties are taking part? The list below brings together the full list of participating properties. Click on the images to visit each property’s Spring Song Event Page.

Spring Song is a free event, however, booking with the event venue is essential.

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Grace Petrie and Hullabaloo Quire

In 2019 my choir, Hullabaloo Quire, collaborated with the fabulous folk singer and activist Grace Petrie! Together we put on the SOLD OUT concert Polyphonic Protest at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton.

I arranged four of Grace’s songs as part of the Grace/HullaCollab which Hullabaloo performed on stage with Grace: Ivy, Black Tie, Fire in your Heart and Tom Paine’s Bones.

For the gig, the choir dressed to impressed, in Fantasy Prom theme, inspired by Grace’s song, Black Tie.

From left to right me, Grace Petrie and our MC for the night Sue Tyhurst

Grace Petrie and Hullabaloo Quire on stage at The Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton

Over the years some fabulous artists have accepted an invitation to work with Hullabaloo, including – OysterbandLucy WardThe MoulettesO’Hooley & TidowPo’ GirlFirefly BurningThe Galleons, Robb Johnson and The Unthanks.

The Unthanks and Hullabaloo Quire

In 2019 Hullabaloo Quire was invited to perform with folk legends The Unthanks at Brighton Dome. I formed Hullabaloo Quire over twenty years ago and musical collaboration has always been a vital part of what this community choir does, so we jumped at the chance!

Hullabaloo Quire live on the Brighton Dome stage with The Unthanks

Over the years some fabulous artists have accepted an invitation to work with Hullabaloo, including – OysterbandLucy WardThe MoulettesO’Hooley & TidowPo’ GirlFirefly BurningThe Galleons, Robb Johnson and Grace Petrie.

Power of Words – Summoning up the Absentees

For Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 the Artistic Director on behalf of Cambridge City Council, Helen Weinstein, of Historyworks commissioned me to set to music words by Michael Rosen for this year’s theme, ‘The Power of Words’, collaborating with the choirs led by Rowena Whitehead, ReSound, and the primary choir at Milton Road, led by Anna-Louise Lawrence, additionally inviting singers from Cambridge faith groups and community choirs to join us for the civic commemorative event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, held at Cambridge Guildhall on Sunday 27th January, with speeches from survivors and poetry and drama pieces responding to genocide survivor testimony, performed by students from Cambridge primary and secondary schools.

Lyrics by Michael Rosen (commissioned by Historyworks)

Musical Arrangement by Kirsty Martin.

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O’Hooley & Tidow and Hullabaloo Quire

In 2016 my choir Hullabaloo Quire and I had the pleasure of collaborating with folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow. We performed together at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton. A sell-out show that featured collaborative performances of some of O’Hooley & Tidow’s best-loved songs including The Hum, Gentleman Jack, Beryl and Like Horses.