15th April 2018
For immediate release.
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus’s sell-out 2017 Christmas show, Dreaming of Christmas, raised £1,006.42 for the Macmillan Horizon Centre. The Centre has been designed with input from people affected by cancer to make it the best place to offer the support and services that people in Sussex need.
With each production, BrightonGMC chooses a charity to support, basing its decision on its members’ nominations. This time the Chorus had a special reason for deciding to support the work of the local Macmillan charity – as a thank you for helping a wonderful friend, and long-standing supporter, Cath Prenton, win her battle with cancer.
Vaughan Leyshon, BrightonGMC’s chairman, said:
The Chorus is fortunate to be supported by many volunteers, affectionately known as Chorus Angels, and Cath has been a formidable and tireless supporter for many years. It is therefore an enormous pleasure to support Macmillan and its invaluable work in the local community.
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus will open the Brighton Fringe Festival 2018 with their new show Gayz into Space on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May at St George Church in Kemptown, Brighton. This production will help raise funds and awareness for charities that support older gay people in the Brighton & Hove area.
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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.