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Raise those voices loud and proud for a Big Big Sing

By Amanda Ferguson

If you sing in the shower, as part of a choir or at the pub karaoke, your talents are required.

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's wants you to tune up on October 25 to take part in the Big Big Sing at the Whitla Hall in the south of the city.

So if you would like to join a three-part harmony featuring as many as 1,000 people now is your chance. Led by experienced choirmasters, the cross-community event is open to all – individuals, families, groups of friends and choirs – regardless of experience.

Over an afternoon you will get to grips with the sounds and rhythms of Africa, India and the Caribbean all under the careful guidance of Stephen Deazley and Eugene Skeef.

Also available will be workshops exploring various singing techniques such as Indian singing and signed singing.

Festival director Richard Wakely said: "This is an event for all singers and non-singers from every tradition and background, culture and ethnicity to come and join in. This is a unique chance for all the many faces of Belfast to come together in harmony – literally."

Big Big Sing is a UK-wide initiative aiming to inspire thousands of people to get singing, enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits it brings, and have fun.

It costs £5 (£3 concession for groups of 12+). To sign up visit

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