Now in its 11th year, 2017 once again sees Brighton & Hove’s LGBT choirs and musicians joining forces to put on their annual World Aids Day fundraising concert. The venue, St. Mary’s Church, is a 2 minute walk from the Aids Memorial and the concert is timed to start after the vigil and reading of the names.
Performing this year will be: Actually Gay Men’s Chorus, Brighton Belles, Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, Rainbow Chorus, Rebelles, Resound Male Voices, The Sweet Chilli Singers and Qukulele.
Funds raised from the concert will be donated to Lunch Positive, who will be serving mince pies and mulled wine on the night.
Set up in 2005 as the ‘Brighton & Hove (actually) Gay Men’s Chorus with the specific aim of providing a place where gay men could socialise, have fun, develop their vocal skills in a unique environment, and perform to the public while raising money for charity. Members benefit from the wide ranging musical experience from TV and theatre-land and have the expertise at hand to develop their own talents with professional tuition.
Formed in 2013, the Chorus’ mission is to create a fun, social group, earning substantial amounts of money for charity, whilst making a great sound. We welcome anyone who enjoys singing, socialising and who recognises themselves as female. There is no audition and no requirement to read music, as songs are taught by ear.
First established in 2005, the Chorus now has over 90 members and stages at least three main shows a year, usually during the Fringe Festival, Brighton Pride and at Christmas. The Chorus is proud to once again be producing this year’s World Aids Day Concert.
Based in Brighton & Hove, The Rainbow Chorus is the South’s only non-audition LGBT choir, celebrating diversity through music. Inspired by our talented MD, Aneesa Chaudhry, we have a great time singing and performing a wide range of musical genres to a high standard. We welcome new members.
A group of 9; Julia, Natalie, Michelle, Marina, Andrea, Meredith, Sibyl, Sally and Cat. 9 voices. 9 lives. 9 women with nothing in common but a shared joy in singing. Led by Musical Director, Stefan Holmstrom.
Resound Male Voices is a male voice ensemble that performs a diverse repertoire from 16th century rounds to West End musical numbers and aspires to present audiences with quirky, witty and humorous performances. Often teaming up with opera singers and jazz musicians at our many gigs and shows, Resound Male Voices is a vibrant choir that works to develop ourselves vocally – both as individual members and as a singing group.
The Sweet Chilli Singers are a queer women’s choir, only a year old and growing in confidence and membership. We sing everything acappella, with a mixture of our own compositions and arrangements, plus those from the natural voice network. We love our singing and you can frequently find us giggling whilst drinking our favourite… sweet chilli tea!
Brighton-based Qukulele love performing any song that makes people happy, especially if they can mash it up into another! Layered harmonies, ukulele pluckin’ and strummin’ are delivered from a sea of Hawaiian shirts! “Qukulele, the ukulele band who bring a smile to everyone’s face.”
All performers are giving their time free of charge, and all profit from the sale of tickets, as well as a bucket collection on the night, will be donated to Lunch Positive, a welcoming, friendly and informal lunch club every Friday afternoon.
Based in central Brighton, they are open to anyone living with or affected by HIV in Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex. The lunch club is a safe and supportive space for people living with or affected by HIV to get together and share an enjoyable healthy meal. People can join the lunch club through referral or self referral, and ways to do this are explained on their website.