For the 12th 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.
2018’s line-up is still being finalised, but performing last year were: Actually Gay Men’s Chorus, Brighton Belles, Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, Rainbow Chorus, Rebelles, Resound Male Voices, The Sweet Chilli Singers and Qukulele.
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.
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.
Rebelles is a group of nine women: Julia, Anna, Michele, Marina, Zoe, Andrea, Sibyl, Sally and Cat, with nothing in common but a shared love of singing. Their repertoire includes songs from many genres and languages, and they are as happy singing close harmony jazz as they are singing a Latin hymn. They are led by Swedish MD 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 small queer women’s choir who have been together for just two years and sing a wide variety of music to cover every palette from Tallis to Taize, natural voice to pop and even some of their own compositions. They rehearse every Wednesday evening near Hove lagoon, and new singers are welcome!
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 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.