For the 13th successive year, Brighton & Hove’s LGBT choirs and musicians are joining forces to put on their annual World Aids Day fundraising concert. The venue, St. Mary’s Church in Kemptown, 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 are: Actually Gay Men’s Chorus, Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, Rainbow Chorus, Resound Male Voices, The Sweet Chilli Singers and Qukulele.
This year’s concert will be compered by Juno Dawson, a bestselling novelist, screenwriter, journalist and School Role Model for Stonewall.
All profits from ticket sales, as well as a bucket collection on the door, will be donated to Lunch Positive.
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.
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.
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 community choir. A non-audition ensemble which developed informally out of friends coming together. They sing an array of music with a mixture of their own compositions and arrangements, classical pieces plus those from the natural voice network.
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.”
Juno Dawson is a bestselling novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and a columnist for Attitude Magazine. Juno writes full time and lives in Brighton. She is a part of the queer cabaret collective known as CLUB SILENCIO. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL.
All performers give 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.