21st March 2017
For immediate release.
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus is pleased to announce that Vaughan Leyshon has been elected as its new Chairman. Following the Annual General Meeting in March, where all Chorus members are invited to elect the new Management Team, Vaughan was unanimously selected to head the body of Trustees and Officers that manage the Chorus. Paul Charlton, after four years as chairman and three more as Trustee, said: “I had an amazing time, but after seven years, I decided to take a break from the Management Team and I can’t think of a better suited new chairman for the Chorus. I want to wish Vaughan the best of luck with his new position and of course, I will be actively helping behind the scenes when required”.
Vaughan, who has been a member for four years, said “It’s an honour and a privilege to be elected Chairman of Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus. The Chorus is a vibrant and exciting organisation with a reputation for producing entertaining shows, which delight our large band of dedicated fans. Obviously, we are known for our singing and our shows, but we also offer opportunities for our members to socialise and we exist, in part, to support our members and the wider community. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the rest of trustees and, with our Musical Director Marc Yarrow, building on Paul’s great work in growing the Chorus and expanding our repertoire. Fans can expect regular high quality shows with some surprises and new material”.
The new Management Team is already hard at work producing the Chorus’ forthcoming new show which will premier at the Brighton Fringe Festival on 5th and 6th of May at St George’s Church in Kemptown. Entitled The Superhero Show, it will explore and celebrate those people that the Chorus’s members regards as their heroes, musical and not, and helped them become who they are now.
The Chorus will join efforts to save ‘outstanding’ flagship HIV charity The Sussex Beacon and the show will help raise funds under the slogan #SaveTheSussexBeacon
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ABOUT BRIGHTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus was established in 2005 and has over 100 members. It provides a space where people can celebrate music, enjoy the fellowship of other like-minded people and contribute to the local communities it’s a part of.
The Chorus has three guiding principles, our “Three S’s”:
- Singing – the celebration of life and music through male voice harmonies;
- Socialising – using this activity to develop social bonds that help people to feel connected with a sometimes lonely world; and
- Support – to be there for each other – both collectively and individually – when the chips are down, and to be there for the communities in which the chorus operates, too.
The Chorus is also a registered charity, no. 1171020, with 3 key charitable objectives:
- To promote public education by the study, practice and public performance of choral music; and to assist other charitable causes.
- For the public benefit to advance and promote the education of gay and gay-friendly men in Brighton and Hove in the subject of choral music, its study, practice and performance.
- The promotion of equality and diversity for the public benefit by the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, in particular but not exclusively by raising public awareness of discrimination towards and issues affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, and in such other ways as are exclusively charitable as the trustees may from time to time determine.
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