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26th National Street Choir Festival in Brighton 2008

by Tony Frisby 2 April 2008

I am a menber of Hullaballoo Community Quire, a volutary community organisation which has grown from nine to ninety singers in the last eight and has sung in many of Brighton’s theatres and churches as well as busking for charity both here in Brighton and London. We are hosting the 26th National Street Choir Festival in Brighton this year during which upwards of 40 choirs from around Britain – including one from Belfast and eight from Brighton and the South Coast – will perform on the streets of Brighton. The Mayor of Brighton has agreed to be Patron of the Festival which will include massed choirs of five hundred singers performing on the sea-side prominade and in Jubilee Gardens. Individual choirs will also busk throughout Brighton and preform at the Dome during the week-end. There will also be work-shops where people without any singing experience will be introduced to the delights of singing in a large group. All in all, it promises to be a wonderful week-end of song; a celebration of everyone’s right to sing. So determined are we to make a success of the festival that we have already committed a substantial amount of our own money to ensure it goes ahead but the short-fall is still huge. May I, through your message board appeal to anyone in the wider Brighton community who might be able to help us deliver a vibrant, uplifting festival to our lovely City. We desperately need funds – the Dome will cost £11.000 for example – and sponsors for t-shirts etc etc for the event which in Brighton will be known as ChoirFest Brighton 2008. If you can help please contact me on or visit the quire’s web site at or e-mail

Thank you Tony Frisby