Helen – Hullbeanie of the Month – January 2020

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What are your earliest singing memories?

My earliest singing memories are of my childhood family singing around the piano at home , my father was a talented pianist and we used to sing many Flanders and Swann comic songs including the Hippopotamus Song and The Gas Man Cometh !

The Hippopotamus Song by Flanders & Swann (live) Recorded at the Fortune Theatre, London, 2 May 1959 (YouTube)


How many gigs have you taken part in now, and what are your favourite performance memories?

I have now sung in at least six Hulla concerts and my favourite performances have to be singing with the wonderful Grace Petrie last year and also the massed  singing at the i360 during the 2018 Street Choir’s Festival in Brighton. Being Welsh I also loved roaring out Land of My Fathers and Calon Lan late at night in the bar at with Welsh choirs  at Manchester School of Music during the 2019 Street Choir’s Festival. 

Polyphonic Protest | 31 March 2019 | With Grace Petrie
Polyphonic Protest | 31 March 2019 | With Grace Petrie

In December, via Radio Reverb, you won tickets to go and see The Choir With No Name perform. How was the gig?

I was lucky enough to receive tickets from Radio Reverb to the Choir with no Name Christmas Singalong at The Dome , this was such s heartwarming event seeing so many of the Brighton and London homeless community joining together to sing Christmas songs and sharing their experiences of singing in the choir and how it had made such a difference to so many of their lives. I highly recommend this next year as it is now something of an annual event in Brighton.


What would you say to someone who was interested in coming to one of Hullabaloo’s open sessions in January but felt that their singing wasn’t ‘good enough’?

If you are new to singing or like me had the humiliating experience of being  stopped from singing whilst at school after being told I couldn’t sing , then I say to you give Hulla a go.Here  everyone is welcomed no matter what your experience and Kirsty will soon make you realise that singing is a birthright , fun and such a joyful experience .

Ok I will never be a soloist but I have been allowed to find my voice and now greatly look forward to Monday evening meeting and singing with fellow hullabeanies .

Never let anyone make you feel you can’t sing , just be brave , come along and discover the joys of singing.

At 62 I finally found my voice. 

Never let anyone make you feel you can’t sing , just be brave , come along and discover the joys of singing. #HullbeanieOfTheMonth