Hullabaloo Quire to present ‘A Glass of Laughter’ with Vyvienne Long and LGBTQ+ singer-songwriter Paul Diello

Graham Robson April 7, 2022

Hullabaloo Quire, Brighton’s natural voice community choir, is to present A Glass of Laughter – a collaborative concert with Irish cellist and composer Vyvienne Long and LGBTQ+ singer-songwriter Paul Diello on Saturday, May 14 at St George’s Church in Kemptown.

A Glass of Laughter is hosted by Hullabaloo Quire and features original new choral music by their MD, choral composer Kirsty Martin, as well as a set co-arranged and conceived by Vyvienne and Kirsty. The show, which is part of Brighton Fringe, will feature solo sets from Vyvienne Long, Hullabaloo and local singer-songwriter Paul Diello.

The evening will culminate with Vyvienne and Hullabaloo together – featuring songs from her latest album – enhanced by the harmonic Hullabaloo treatment!

Paul Diello

Kirsty Martin, Hullabaloo’s Musical Director, explains: “I first heard Vyvienne’s lockdown anthem A Glass of Laughter on Radio 6. Its humour, wistfulness, hope and pathos spoke to me instantly, so I contacted Vyvienne to ask if I could arrange it. She said yes!

“What followed is an evolving collaboration – and half a choral album, four videos and a virtual cabaret later, we are so looking forward to finally performing in real life with Vyvienne as part of the Fringe Festival.

Vyvienne Long

“Vyvienne’s hopeful and thoughtful songs really helped get the choir through lockdown and our online cabaret transformed a difficult time into a creative one. It means a great deal that she is coming to sing live with the choir. We’re all really excited for people to hear what we’ve been working on.”

Tickets, £12/£8, are available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets. Some tickets will be available on the door. Doors 7pm; show 7.30pm.