Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus appoints new Chorus Director

8th May 2019
For immediate release.

Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus (BrightonGMC) is thrilled to announce Joe Paxton’s appointment as their new Chorus Director.

Previously Assistant Musical Director with BrightonGMC, Joe is no stranger to the Chorus. He teaches music both privately and at undergraduate level at the University of Sussex, where he is working towards the completion of his PhD. He was fortunate enough to study conducting under Guy Woolfenden OBE, formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and piano under the tutelage of Dr Julian Hellaby. Joe is currently Musical Director of the Arun Choral Society and Co-Musical Director of the Brighton Early Music Festival Community Choir. In 2014 he founded Opera Alumnus, a Brighton based opera company that brings together the best early career professionals in the industry.

Vaughan Leyshon, BrightonGMC’s Chairman, said:

The Trustees are absolutely delighted that Joe has accepted the appointment as Chorus Director of Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, just as we are enormously pleased that another stalwart of our talented professional musical team, Tim Nail, has agreed to become our Music Director.

Joe is a dynamic choral and opera conductor with a wealth of experience across a variety of musical genres. We are so fortunate to have such a gifted musician to take the Chorus forward. His appointment comes as BrightonGMC bids farewell to Marc Yarrow after nine fantastic and successful years, first as Musical Director, then Artistic Director.

Joe Paxton, BrightonGMC’s Chorus Director, said:

It is an immense honour for me to be asked to become BrightonGMC’s Chorus Director. They are such an extraordinary and welcoming group of singers, whose musical achievements, positive energy, friendliness and reputation for showmanship is widely known – not just within the local community but also nationally and internationally. I am so looking forward to working with them and the Chorus’s other creative professionals in my new capacity


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