Songbirds call singers to Crawley Festival


Singers are being invited to fill the Hawth stage to bursting point and make this summer’s Crawley Festival one to remember.

The Songbirds choir will be performing at the theatre as part of the week-long festival and hopes to cram as many people as possible onto the stage for a performance of Ahoy! Sing For The Mary Rose.

The piece was written by acclaimed composer Alexander L’Estrange, who will join the choir on stage on the night, accompanied by his band, You Can Call Me Al.

Musical director Joanna Eames said there was no need for those interested in taking part to be talented singers and added: “It’s more about getting people singing and giving it a go.”

Several choirs have already volunteered to send some of their members along to join the fun. They include: the Silver Birch Choir, the Weald Choir, the Pleasure Singers, Local Voices and Cantatrice Ladies Choir.

As well as the grown-ups, children from Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, in Langley Green, and Pound Hill Junior School will join the singing.

As if often the case with choirs, Joanna said the Songbirds were in desperate need of men to sing the bass and tenor parts.

She said: “The main thing we’re missing is men – particularly bass singers. I think they’re busy or they think it’s embarrassing.

“We really want anyone who wants to have a go – there’s strength in numbers!”

Now in its 29th year, the festival will run from Saturday June 20-27.

It will showcase the talents of local entertainers in a week of events starting with the launch in Queens Square and ending with Mainstage, in the Memorial Gardens.

Festival chairman Bob Burgess said: “It’s going quite well. The opening event in Queens Square is coming together and we’ve also got the lunchtime concerts in St John’s. Three or four of those slots are filled.”

High Street Live will fill the town centre with music on June 21 and the ever-popular Senior Citizens’ Concert will be held on June 22. Anyone who would like to take part in the festival can contact Bob via .

Ahoy! Sing For The Mary Rose will be performed at 7pm on Wednesday June 24. For tickets – or to volunteer to take part – call 01403 595002 or email .