Press Release

31st August, 2016
For immediate release.

Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus Is Welcoming New Members

Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus (BrightonGMC) is holding a New Members’ Evening at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 6th September 2016 at the Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton.

Membership is open to anyone who self-identifies as a gay or gay-friendly man. For more information, please contact Vaughan on membership@brightongmc.org

The Chorus has three seasons every year, each culminating in sell-out performances. New members who join this season will have the chance to perform in our Christmas Show, Pull A Cracker, in Brighton’s prestigious, 1,800 seats, Dome Concert Hall on Saturday 10th December.

The New Members’ Evening is the first evening back after our summer break. It will comprise a short rehearsal, as a ‘taster’ of how we work, followed by an opportunity to socialise with members over tea and cakes. For some people, joining a well-established group like BrightonGMC might seem a daunting prospect, but everyone can be assured of a warm welcome from the four-time winners of Brighton’s Golden Handbag for Favourite Social Network Group. New members will also be looked after by a buddy-system throughout their first season, and they will become part of the BrightonGMC family in no time.

The Chorus also has exciting plans for 2017. In April it will join other male choirs from around the world, including France, Russia, Sweden, USA and Australia, to compete in the world’s largest male choir festival, the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival. Then in August it will travel to Manchester to attend the bi-annual Hand in Hand Festival, an LGBTQ choir festival that BrightonGMC co-hosted in 2015, and which attracts over 20 choirs from all over the UK.

New members who can’t come along to the New Members’ Evening on the 6th can still join throughout September. At its heart BrightonGMC is a community chorus – new members are always welcome, and there is no obligation to join, and no audition!

Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus is a space where people can celebrate music, celebrate their sexuality, enjoy the fellowship of other like-minded people and contribute to the local communities of which it is a part.

The Chorus is a registered charity with three guiding principles, our “Three Ss”:

  • Singing – the celebration of life and music through male voice harmony;
  • Socialising – using singing to develop social bonds that help people to feel connected in 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.

Vaughan Leyshon, Membership Coordinator for the Chorus, said:

“The Chorus has grown steadily over the last eleven years becoming the largest gay men’s chorus in the UK after London, and is currently going from strength to strength – performing at a high standard, pushing its creative boundaries and playing an important role in the local community supporting other charities and worthy causes. We’re really happy to welcome new members as we embark on the next chapter in our story.” 

IN BRIEF:

EVENT: New Members’ Evening
VENUE: Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF
DATE: Tuesday 6th September 2016 
TIME: 7.30pm start (Doors 7pm)
CONTACT: Vaughan Leyshon – membership@brightongmc.org

 


NOTES FOR EDITORS

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. 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, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, and in such other ways as are exclusively charitable as the trustees may from time to time determine.

MORE INFORMATION

PR & Marketing Contacts
Silvio Grasso
m: 07904 210 192
e: pr@brightongmc.org

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


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Short Link: https://bgmc.me/?p=2115

Registered Charity Number: 1171020