14th October 2020
For immediate release.
Award-winning Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, one of the largest of Brighton and Hove’s 31 local choirs, choruses and choral societies, and the largest gay male voice choir outside London, is delighted to announce that Nick Ford has been elected as its new Chair, with Paul Charlton elected as Vice-Chair.
Nick Ford spoke about his new role,
Being elected as Chair of Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus is a real honour. Being Brighton born and bred, I feel it’s a real privilege to be able to be involved in our local community in such a positive way. Lockdown has been a challenge for our organisation with limitations on rehearsing and performing in real life. It’s not all about performing and socialising, although we all miss it! We pride ourselves on supporting our membership and the wider community. This is even more important given the current health crisis. We have welcomed new members joining during lockdown which is really encouraging and are looking into returning to ‘in person’ rehearsals in a COVID secure way. Our main focus will be preparing for something alternative for Christmas to share with our supporters and friends.
The chorus would like to thank the outgoing Chairman, Vaughan Leyshon, and Vice-Chair, Peter Allinson, for all their hard work over the past 3 years, having steered the chorus through some significant changes over their tenure, most notably the change of chorus director.
The Chorus, a registered charity, raises money for local and national charities and good causes. The Chorus also proudly donated to Brighton Unitarian Church, its usual rehearsal space, to help toward its recent restoration.
Companies who wish to support and work with the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, should get in touch for details of their exciting sponsorship options.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
ABOUT BRIGHTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus was established in January 2005 and has about 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, their “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 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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