The Big Seaside Sing will be led by The South Downs Folk Singers (S.D.F.S).
This group began life following a Heritage Lottery Funded project, in partnership with the South Downs Society, about the heritage and songs of the South Downs. This finished in 2013 and the SDFS was formed to enable the choir to continue singing together, continuing to add songs, harmonies and singers across Sussex.
S.D.F.S. are not a formal choir but a joyful group who sing traditional Sussex songs unaccompanied, as they may very well have been sung in the past, in homes and pubs.
In keeping with their own origins, the events the group support are usually for charitable, educational or community based causes, and as far as possible they try and theme their choice of songs to reflect the event.
Their regular monthly meetings at Chichester, Worthing and Lewes, were supplemented by HLF funded 'Secret Shore' Marine Songs/Folklore Workshops in 2017, leading to the forming of a sister group called the Secret Shore Singers. Both groups continue to learn further new songs to add to the extensive repertoires and to enhance future seasons.