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 – Oysterband, Lucy Ward, The Moulettes, O’Hooley & Tidow, Po’ Girl, Firefly Burning, The Galleons, Robb Johnson and The Unthanks.
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 – Oysterband, Lucy Ward, The Moulettes, O’Hooley & Tidow, Po’ Girl, Firefly Burning, The Galleons, Robb Johnson and Grace Petrie.
I have been commissioned to compose an anthem for the National Trust in celebration of their 125th anniversary.
I will be teaching the anthem at a workshop at Petworth House and Gardens as part of Petworth Dark Skies. This day-long event will also include night sky inspired image making with Michael Bird, Interactive star stories led by the Book Nook with Sarah Massini and a torchlit procession throughout the parkland led by Same Sky that ends with stargazing and singing.
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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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.
I was invited to run a singing workshop for festival-goers at the International music festival Womad.