Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus help raise nearly £550 for two local charities at their Brighton Fringe Festival Show

14th May 2014
For immediate release.

Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus is delighted to announce that its two extremely well-received Fringe Festival performances of Nautical But Nice at St George’s Church, Kemptown at the start of May helped to boost the coffers of two local charities to the tune of £547.34. Friday’s performance raised £185.77 for the Brighton branch of the Royal National Life Boat Institute (RNLI) – “the charity that saves lives at sea”. On Saturday, BGMC’s show enabled a small Worthing medical research and support group, Wolfram Syndrome UK, to raise £361.57 and promote greater awareness of the importance of its work.

Paul Charlton, Chairman of Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus’ management trustees, said:

It is absolutely brilliant when shows such as Nautical But Nice prove to be a box office sell-out, when they glean positive reviews, and, of course, when they leave our fans, old and new, uplifted and entertained. But, what matters just as much to all of us in the Chorus is the knowledge that our performances can, and do, assist other worthwhile charitable causes with their vital work. It is fitting that our Fringe show, Nautical But Nice could lend support to the life-saving work of the local branch of the RNLI; and it is an enormous privilege to have helped raise the profile of the pioneering work carried out by a less well-known Worthing based charity dealing with wolfram syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

In an appreciative message to Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, Tracey Lynch, Chief Executive of Wolfram Syndrome UK, said:

Thanks to the support of Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus we collected £361.57 at last night’s Nautical But Nice concert for Wolfram Syndrome UK (DIDMOAD). It was a fabulous show to be involved with.

Having expressed RNLI’s thanks for the audience’s generosity, their fundraiser, Margaret Minski, added:

…thank you for looking after us, you are all such a friendly crowd.

If you are considering joining Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, they are always interested in hearing from prospective new members.

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About Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus

Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus was established in 2005 and now has around 80 members.

It is a registered charity, no. 1137437, with 3 key charitable objectives:

  1. To promote public education by the study, practice and public performance of choral music; and to assist other charitable causes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 and Transgender (LGBT) community, and in such other ways as are exclusively charitable as the trustees may from time to time determine.

More Information

Latest news, press releases and images are available in the Press Office section of the Chorus website

Further information on RNLI Brighton Lifeboat Station, a registered charity no. 209603, and Wolfram Syndrome UK Support Group, a registered charity no. 1152445, can be found on their respective websites:

RNLI Brighton Lifeboat Station:

Wolfram Syndrome UK Support Group:

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