A performance of Fauré's Requiem for World AIDS Day

Another sell-out performance, this time for our Concert for World AIDS Day. This was a beautiful evening with some fine solo performances by choir members, culminating in an ensemble and full organ accompanied performance of Fauré's Requiem.

There's an article from our local paper about the performance
here.

You can see pictures from the concert
here.

You can see page 1 of the concert programme
here and page 2 here.


Donations were made to local HIV/AIDS charities from the proceedings.

Guests of the City of Brighton Gay Men's Chorus

We sang as guests of the City of Brighton Gay Men's Chorus - some photos can be found here.

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Europride Sings at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

We sang in June at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank as part of Europride Sings. Other choirs were the London Gay Men's Chorus, the City of Brighton Gay Men's Chorus, Diversity, The Pink Singers from the UK and the small, but perfectly formed Mannenkoorts from the Hague. A great concert and the all choirs finale of All Girl Band was quite a choreographic experience!


On our way
Leaving on the train


So bossy!
SING


Lunch break
Ready for lunch


What a bunch of smiling faces!
David, Simon, Vijay & Matt at lunch


Rehearsal time
Rehearsal

Concert with Hazel O'Connor during the Brighton Festival

Hazel O'Connor's first album, Breaking Glass, inspired a movie of the same name which she co-wrote and in which she played the lead. The soundtrack with its three hit songs, including Will You?, made her famous in the 80s; the movie brought her to Cannes and she also won the Best Film Actress of the Year award from the Variety Club of Great Britain.

The concert took place at The Old Market in Hove, where we performed a solo spot followed by Hazel and Cormac alone and then an interval. After that we all came on stage and backed her for some of her most well-loved songs.

Hazel was a real treat to work with and we all loved performing with her during the Brighton Fringe Festival at The Old Market in Hove. We had backing from Cormac de Barra on Harp (and vocals), Joss Peach on keyboard, Adam Boshell on percussion and Josie Owens on saxaphone. Her stepdaughter accompanied her on vocals for 'Driftwood'. Hazel had said that she'd always wanted to sing with a choir and we were more than happy to co-operate. So, the women in the choir backed her on Loveable and all of us joined together for another 6 of her songs: Blackman, Eighth Day, D-Days, Driftwood, Strong, and of course, Will You?

The concert was a sell-out - we had two encores, two standing ovations and people dancing in the aisles. Truly an enjoyably memorable evening for everyone involved as you can clearly see here.

Here are some photos from the rehearsal:

The Usual Suspects



Sharon


Adam

Hazel O'Connor on BBC Southern Counties Radio

We performed three songs live in their studio near Brighton station: Strong, Driftwood and Eighth Day. The BBC recorded all of them and interviewed Hazel as well.

Hazel
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N.B. The following assume that the BBC links are still live.

So, you can listen to Eighth Day
here and then look under "See also"

To watch us performing Driftwood (sadly the sound is not nearly as good):

Click here.
Click the 'Loud and Live' tab and there we are at the bottom.


Afterwards the show presenter Heather Driscoll said “Well what can I say to that……. I’m sitting here with goosebumps, which I’m sure you are too.”

International Day Against Homophobia

We performed in Batholomews Square, outside Brighton Town Hall, for the International Day Against Homophobia. There were also speeches from city councillors.

Al Duomo social

It's not all singing you know, sometimes we go out and have a convivial time at a local eaterie which in this case was Al Duomo.


Edana & Tanya


Down the table


Basil's just been told he will be paying ...
Vijay, Liam & Basil

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me" - a memorial tribute to Phil Starr

Phil Starr, one of Brighton's most loved Drag Queens died on October the 18th 2005 and a concert was planned as a tribute at the Brighton Dome. We performed at the sold-out performance where we sang Phil's favourite song, When You Tell Me That You Love Me, as the finale jointly with the City of Brighton Gay Men's Chorus. A standing ovation greeted us at the end, though I suspect all the other prior acts may have had something to do with that as well...


Tribute to Phil Starr


Gscene magazine said: "Finally, the crowd was brought to its feet by the City of Brighton Gay Men's Chorus and the Rainbow Chorus, who delivered a magnificent finale to the show with their rendition of the show's title song When You Tell Me That You Love Me."

Pictures of the finale can be found on the REALBrighton web site here.