Our Musical Director Kirsty Martin, is producing our radio show – Vox Pop – on Brighton’s Radio Reverb. She is co-presenting with Brighton musical magician (and Hullabaloo member) Paul Diello and it features other Hullabaloo members, as well as international chorally related guests each month.
Vox Pop is the choral champion of the local (and global, via online) airwaves. As well as presenting an eclectic mix tape of chorally inspired music each month, Kirsty and Paul explore – through historic, mythic, scientific, anthropological and philosophical portals – the why, how, what, when and where of unaccompanied song.
Kirsty has welcomed several fascinating interviewees in to Vox Pop, drawing out stories of their history, creativity and current projects, including folk singer and President of the Natural Voice Network, Frankie Armstrong (December 2019 & January 2020); Singer, songwriter and choral director Gitika Partington (May 2020); Australian choral theatre group Crying in Public Places (September 2020); composer, music educator and workshop leader Ali Burns (December 2020); playwright and musician Boff Whalley (January 2021); Composer, singer and song-theatre creator Helen Chadwick (February 2021), and the joyful champions of social justice Resistance Revival Chorus (March 2020).
Listen to VoxPop!
Vox Pop is broadcast on Brighton’s Radio Reverb. All of our shows are stored on our Vox Pop MixCloud page or use the links to individual shows below.
Radio Reverb is Brighton’s not-for-profit community radio station. You can Listen live on 97.2FM, DAB+, on your smart speaker & on the Radio Reverb website.
RadioReverb gives a voice to underrepresented communities in Brighton & Hove and is a platform for over fifty grassroots volunteers to explore music and local topics you won’t hear on mainstream radio, with a focus on the local but with appeal worldwide.
We’ve created a Vox Pop Spotify playlist for most of the songs played featured on the shows (not all are available on Spotify!) Please see the bottom of the page for the Vox Pop Playlists – a list of what was played on each show.
Listen to Vox Pop!
Scroll down for links to every show.
Vox Pop March 2022
This month Kirsty has not-one-but-TWO guests in the Vox Pop studio; firstly Natural Voice choir leader Jo Foster drops in to chat choral inspiration and Celyn Hind introduces her Natural Voice Network lullaby project. We’ll hear music from both these guests, as well as Algerian Welsh fusion desert blues, political metaphor from Jo Freya and Barry Coope, a Ukrainian prayer, a zinging spot of Glee style aca-pop – …and much more! Kirsty blends song, spoken word and a spot of meandering banter together to create an eclectic hour of harmonic celebration for your delectation and delight!
Vox Pop February 2022
This month Kirsty is in conversation with musician and scholar Dave Camlin and theatre maker and researcher Flo Brady. The trio will be talking (among other things) academic a cappella and the science of singing together. Musical highlights this month include a stirring from Bob Marley, a pearl from Oysterband and of course some Georgian yodelling! Kirsty will also be remembering the magnificent musical legacies of Norma Waterson, Sianed Jones and Rowan Godel.
Vox Pop December 2021
The theme for December’s show is ‘Seasons of Love’- a year in the life of Vox Pop Choir Community Radio Show! Kirsty takes you on a ‘best of’ whistle stop tour of 2021, featuring a most venerable guest list: Boff Whalley, Helen Chadwick, the Resistance Revival Chorus, Mahdia Daulne, Vyvienne Long, Deborah Roberts and BREMF, Aneesa Chaudhry and Rainbow Chorus, Juliet Russell, Ellen Muriel, Fran Andre, Molara Awen and The Choir With No Name! So please join Kirsty and guests as she reviews this most unusual year of Rooming and Zooming and socially distanced singing – together and apart.
Vox Pop November 2021
This month Kirsty chats with Alex Proctor from the Choir With No Name – a fantastic national choir for those who have experienced homelessness. We’ll hear the Choir’s arrangement of This is me from The Greatest Showman and some highlights from their most recent live Christmas concert at Brighton Dome.
Vox Pop October 2021
Vox Pop September 2021
Vox Pop July 2021
July’s Vox Pop is our (early) Pride special, featuring an extended interview with the Musical Director of Brighton’s very own Rainbow Chorus, Annesa Chaudhry. Kirsty will be chatting to Aneesa about all matters choral, thriving and surviving the last year on Zoom and Aneesa will be telling us all about her new Presenting with Confidence course.
Vox Pop June 2021
June’s Vox Pop Choir community radio show features a cornucopia of harmonic joy, including Early Metal fusion, South African harmony, French vocal funk, sun-kissed, souly gospel and much more!
Kirsty’s special guest this month is the Artistic Director of Brighton Early Music Festival, Deborah Roberts. Kirsty and Deborah discuss ‘What IS Early Music’, pagan song cycles, the ecology of song and singing outdoors – and share a healthy moment of venting spleen regarding the Government’s treatment of community singers!
Vox Pop May 2021
May’s episode feature’s music by our special guest Irish cellist and composer, and Hullabaloo Quire collaborator Vyvienne Long, as well as Euro pop from Benny Sings, contemporary American shape note from John Mark Harrison, Canadian doo-wop and protest song fusion from Dominique Fils-Aimé, classic gospel from The Joubert Singers, and Columbian harmony from Marta Gomez – just another harmony-fest from Vox Pop HQ!!
Vox Pop April 2021
April’s show is a Zap Mama special and features an interview with Zap Mama’s Mahdia (Anita) Daulne. Kirsty and Mahdia are also joined by Zap Mama aficionado and community musician Carol Shephard.
Vox Pop March 2021
March’s edition of Vox Pop features an extended interview with Anna Rose Menken and Brooke Williams from the Resistance Revival Chorus in the United States. This choir was formed, initially, as part of the first Women’s March in Washington in 2017, they rehearsed at Harry Belafonte’s studios, has performed with a whole host of incredible artists, and continues to achieve groundbreaking choral activism.
This is a really inspirational interview, in which Anna Rose, Brooke and Kirsty talk about all of the above, as well as the Street Choirs movement here in the UK, the structural differences and similarities of choirs on each side of the pond and the Natural Voice Network.
Kirsty plays a selection of the Resistance Revival Chorus’ music, much from their new album, This Joy. She is also joined by folk singer Lucy Ward, fellow choir leader Sophia Efthimou and shares a surreal moment with Michael Kemp about the music of compost!
Vox Pop February 2021
February’s Vox Pop features an interview with song and theatre maker Helen Chadwick. Helen and Kirsty are long time collaborators and chums, and they chat about all matters choral, including Helen’s early work, the origins of Sing for Water and Helen and Kirsty’s Spring workshop next month.
Vox Pop January 2021
The first Vox Pop show of 2021 kicks off with a fabulous interview with Boff Whalley – song writer for Commoners Choir and founding member of Chumbawamba. Kirsty and Boff chat about their choral projects that got them through 2020, singing about taxidermy, the Santa Claus Army, conducting together in different time zones at the Street Choirs Festival in Brighton in 2018, and clapping – and singing – for the carers.
Unsurprisingly, this month’s show features lots of choral treats from Commoners Choir, as well as a spot of Chumbawamba – and also features music Tribeqa, Electralane, David Bowie, Karine Polwart and Oi Musica, and the interview is generously supported by Bobby McFerrin, Brian Eno, Steve Reich, Crass and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!
Vox Pop December 2020
December’s Vox Pop Choir Community Radioshow features an extended conversation with song maker and choral director Ali Burns. Kirsty and Ali are long time buddies and colleagues, and this vibrant discussion explores all things choral – from the craft of song writing to fantasy festivals, community projects and keeping choirs alive on zoom.
Vox Pop November 2020
In November’s edition of Vox Pop Kirsty chat with long time friend and collaborator Carol Shephard. Carol is based in Swansea. She runs C’est la Vie choir, Swansea’s Singing for Lung Health group, and offers yoga and mediation workshops for all ages.
Vox Pop October 2020
O’Hooley and Tidow, The Beach Boys & our very own Kirsty Martin are just some of the artists featured in this month’s cornucopia of harmonic delicacies.
Vox Pop September 2020
This month’s show takes a different turn as we have a special feature running through the thread of the whole show!
Vox Pop presenter and Hullabaloo Musical Director Kirsty Martin welcomes our guests – Jane Bayly, Maude Davey, Anni Davey and Karen Hadfield from the Australian vocal theatre quartet Crying in Public Places.
Kirsty spends a leisurely hour chatting via Zoom with these wonderful and witty artists and hearing some of their music, and you’ll also hear what Hullabaloo Community Quire is up to this autumn from Kirsty and her co-presenter Paul Diello.
All music this month is by Crying in Public Places and can be found on Spotify.
Vox Pop August 2020
August’s edition features tracks from The London Bulgarian Choir, Wovoka Gentle, Le Choeur Voyageur and more.
There is also an interview with Stephen Clift – Director of the Sidney de Haan institute for research in arts and health.
Vox Pop July 2020
July’s edition explores some of the stunning vocal music used in the recent Hulu series Devs, shown on BBC2 – including music by The Beacon Sound Choir, Low, The Hilliard Ensemble, Finnish musician Suvi Eeva Aikas and Crosby Stills and Nash.
In the spoken word feature this month choir members reflect upon a term of singing via Zoom and what the future may bring for our singers.
Vox Pop June 2020
This month’s show features tracks from Finnish vocal group Tuuletar, Sweet Honey in the Rock and a brand new track from our very own Paul Diello! Rage Against the Machine’s Killing In the Name Of is the subject of the choral crossfade & choir leader Kate Valentine joins us to talk about her latest project Meet the Composer.
Vox Pop May 2020
Another gorgeous choral cornucopia of sound as we settle into lockdown! This month’s show features music from Zap Mama, Prelude. Camille and Holly Near and includes two epic interviews with Natural Voice Choir Leaders Fran Andre and Gitika Partington. Don’t miss it!
Vox Pop April 2020
Kirsty and Paul bring you mesmeric choral music from Phillip Glass, Choral Cross Fade feature focuses on a Carter Family classic, and Paul presents a special feature on Bjork. Plus a beautiful piece by Hulla member Col Scott on American alt folk band The Roches. This month’s choral classic is a Pete Seeger anthem.
Vox Pop March 2020
Harmony rich music with a choral bend – from Imogen Heap to Carl Orff! This month’s show welcomes a new feature – Choral Cross Fade – which explores a particular song’s journey through different interpretations and arrangements over the years. As well as this we have an interview with local performer and facilitator Adrienne Thomas, and Paul Diello and Kirsty Martin chatting all things choral!
Vox Pop February 2020
Kirsty and Paul start this month’s show by lighting the fuse under a Kate Bush epic! Other harmonic treats on offer include music from Deep Throat Choir, Eric Whittaker and their guest this month, Suzie Shrubb.
Vox Pop January 2020
In Vox Pop’s first show of 2020, Kirsty and Paul kick off with a bombastic Georgian toast, and feature music from Commoners Choir, Pink Martini, Ali Burns and Sister Rosetta Tharpe – pretty eclectic stuff! This show also features Part 2 of Kirsty’s interview with the legendary Frankie Armstrong.
Vox Pop December 2019
December’s Vox Pop sees Kirsty teaming up with her new co-presenter Paul Diello and this episode is bumper packed with global grooves – including Afropean polyphony with Zap Mama, funky folk from the Imagined Village and an a cappella classic from Bobby McFerrin – as well as Part 1 of an interview with folk legend and President of the Natural Voice Network, Frankie Armstrong.
Vox Pop November 2019
Welcome to the first ever episode of Vox Pop – Hullabaloo Quire’s monthly radio show celebrating all things choral! This month’s show features interviews with Kate Valentine about Singing Mamas Choir & Dr Kate Anderson on the health benefits of singing. Plus a cappella music from Alt-J, Les Mystere Voix Bulgares and. Brought to you by Hullabaloo Quire.
Vox Pop Playlists
NOVEMBER 2019 VOX POP PLAYLIST
KALUGERINE – Le Mystere de les Voix Bulgares
WORDS – The Real Group
NATURAL WOMAN – Choir! Choir! Choir!
RIPE AND RUIN – Alt J
OUTER SPACE – The Vocal Orchestra and Schlomo
A TINTINNABULATION OF COSMIC SCINTILLATION – Suzie Shrubb
SOMETHING INSIDE SO STRONG – Labi Siffre
DECEMBER 2019 VOX POP PLAYLIST
PLEKETE – Zap Mama
THE CHAIN – Naked Voices
ALL IS CALM AND COLD – Alison Burns
COLD HAILEY RAINY NIGHT – The Imagined Village
ENCOURAGEMENT – Frankie Armstrong
KALKADUNGU YURDU – Australian Voices
RIVER – O’Hooley and Tidow
TSINTSHKARO – Basiani Ensemble
DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY – Bobby McFerrin
JANUARY 2020 VOX POP PLAYLIST
MRAVALJAMIER – Spooky Men
THREE BOATS – Commoners Choir
AULD LAND SYNE – Pink Martini
DOS GARDENIAS Y VEIENTE AÑOS – Vocal Sampling
ANOTHER GREEN WORLD – Brian Eno
CATTLE CALL – Frankie Armstrong
DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
FEBRUARY 2020 VOX POP PLAYLIST
ROCKET’S TAIL – Kate Bush
SPACE ODDITY – Choir! Choir! Choir!
DAYDREAMING – Deep Throat Choir
SLEEP – Eric Whitacre
LAST YEAR I FELL IN LOVE – Suzie Shrubb
O SUPERMAN – Laurie Anderson
SISTER ROSETTA – Val Regan
HIGHER AND HIGHER – Jackie Wilson
MARCH 2020 VOX POP PLAYLIST
THE CLASSIC – Joan as Police Woman
HARD TIMES OF ENGLAND – The Copper Family
HARD TIMES OF ENGLAND – The Young Coppers
HARD TIMES OF ENGLAND – The Imagined Village
SHAPE OF YOU – Walk off the Earth
HIDE AND SEEK – Imogen Heaps
O FORTUNA – Karl Orff
A BLESSING – Judith Silver
NANA WAS A SUFFRAGETTE – Helen and the Love Notes
APRIL 2020 VOX POP PLAYLIST
VESSELS – Philip Glass
WHEN I’M GONE – The Carter Family
CUPS – Lulu and the Lampshades
CUPS – Anna Kendricks
CUPS – Power Workout mix
E’DEM CHANTE – Grupo Vocal Desandan
ANCESTORS – Björk
TRIUMPH OF A HEART – Björk
PLEASURE IS ALL MINE – Björk
RAMALAMADINGDONG – The Mighty Echoes
THE HAMMOND SONG – The Roches
STEP BY STEP – Sweet Honey in the Rock
MAY 2020 VOX POP PLAYLIST
GUZOPHELA – Zap Mama
AFTER THE GOLDRUSH – Prelude
HIGHER AND HIGHER – We played the choir arrangement but thee original was made famous by Jackie Wilson
CAMILLE – Allez Allez Allez!
BOBBY MCFERRIN and CHICK COREA – Song for Amadeus
VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR – We played Gitika Partington’s cover, and the original was by The Buggles
SINGING FOR OUR LIVES – Holly Near original
JANUARY 2021 VOX POP PLAYLIST
Never Stop – Tribeqa
Some made from Placard Slogans – Commoners Choir
The Valleys – Electrelane
When they go Low, we go high – Commoners Choir
Voices that’s all – Chumbawamba
G’s song – Crass
Carol of the Bells – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Enough is Enough – Karine Polwart, Oi Musica and the Soundhouse choir
Poverty Knock – Chumbawamba
Circle Song 4 – Bobby McFerrin
Another Green World – Brian Eno
Clapping Music- Steve Reich
The Power of Words – Kirsty Martin
Blackstar – David Bowie