The original gay men's chorus in Brighton and Hove
The best time to join is near the start of one of our ‘seasons’ when we are all learning new songs or refreshing our memories about existing ones. There are three seasons, and each one builds to one of our three main performances of the year: Spring(culminating with a show in May during the Brighton Festival), Summer(with a show which usually kicks off the Brighton Pride week) and Winter(finishing with our Christmas show in December).
You may have sung in a choir or group in the past, or you may be unsure if you ‘have a voice’. We think this is often a confidence problem rather than a vocal problem. Singing comes more naturally when you are surrounded by other voices and getting some encouragement, and that’s what we try to provide. The best way to start singing is to tune out all the internalised messages that say you can’t! In any case you are welcome to come along and see how things work out.
If you have sung before, and if you can read music, then that will probably help you make faster progress, but neither of these things are essential. In fact, roughly half of us have never been choirboys and can’t read music. We don’t use song sheets in performances, so we all have to learn things by heart. We make use of on-line resources as a learning aid to use in our own time, so nobody gets left behind, and you will never be pressured to perform until you are ready.
We sing mainly in four-part harmony:
Our Artistic Director will voice test you before you become a member, but don’t worry – it’s not a formal audition, it’s just to make sure that you’re in the right Section for your vocal range.
We rehearse from 7.30-10.00 pm every Tuesday evening at the Unitarian Church in New Road. On one Saturday or Sunday each month we have a longer workshop. There are some additional rehearsals before our main performances, and the four voice parts each meet for “Sectional” rehearsals a couple of times per season. Members are expected to come to most rehearsals. There’s always a tea or lunch break and the option of going to the pub afterwards.
If you decide to sign up as a member, you will need to pay a monthly subscription fee, which is £24 waged, or £12 on a concessionary rate. At the moment, that covers the cost of all music, materials, tuition, tea and (rationed!) biscuits. All income that the Chorus raises through subscriptions is used to keep the enterprise going. We don’t charge to perform in our end of season shows, and there is never any pressure for you to perform at all.
We are always interested in meeting anyone who wants to find out more about us, whether you end up joining or not. So, if you want to sit in on a rehearsal and check us out, it would be great to hear from you.
Please email us using the link below so that we know to expect you, and answer any questions you might have before coming along.