Three Hanover artists, Emma Higham, Freya Wynn-Jones and Helen Nelder, have banded together to create The Advent Sessions: live music created by the community, for the community, all from the security and warmth of your home. Bringing neighbours together to safely listen to live music and support, The Choir With No Name, in the process.

The Advent Sessions will take place every night in Hanover from 13th – 24th December between 5-6pm and last for approximately 20 minutes. Each night, one musician will feature, performing an intimate and uplifting session for their street and neighbours. Throw open a door or window and enjoy. Musicians include Trumpet Boy, who entertained neighbours during the first lockdown, a classical violist, a son/father/grandfather jazz band, a classical singer, an a capella group and lots more.
illustratred by the talented Julie Mac
"2020 has been a year unlike any we could predict, Covid-19 and the resulting lockdown have seen the need for people to connect in as many ways as possible. There have been so many beautiful stories up and down the country which show how people's resourcefulness and creativity has helped relieve moments of isolation and stress. We are excited to see what is possible in the run-up to Christmas when so many of our usual ways to come together are on hold."
- Emma Higham (Theatre Maker and Organiser)
Donations for all the Advent Sessions are being collected for The Choir With No Name with a small proportion going to participating musicians - many of whom have seen their income evaporate since the pandemic. CWNN Brighton is run in partnership with Brighton Housing Trust, who provide essential housing, advisory and wellbeing services for people affected by homelessness in Brighton & Hove, as well as other areas in Sussex.

Donations can also be made by scanning this QR code or via Just Giving. We will also have buckets out for collection.

We are organising this event following government guidance. To keep this event safe and fun for all involved please follow the below guidelines:
  • Next year, we would love to see all of you but this year, these gigs need to stay small and intimate for closest neighbours. Where possible we encourage you to throw open a window or door to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
  • If you have had any symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss/change of taste or smell) please stay safe and please stay away.
  • If you are outside, we ask those of you that are able to, to wear masks.
  • In the case of extreme cold or rain we will reschedule.
  • Please remember to socially distance at all times and stay within your household bubbles.
  • Don't forget: hands, face, space.
  • According to government advice around carol services, guidelines if you are outside you are allowed to sing along. Please maintain safe distancing at all times as singing does create more aerosols.
"We all know how painful it has been to see the paralysis of live music over the last months for music makers and for fans of live music. We hope this can reconnect us, even in the smallest of ways. What could be more uplifting than listening to live music from the safety of your doorstep?" - Freya Wynn-Jones (Choir Director and Event Organiser)
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