Source: Andrew Kay, The Latest.co.uk
To celebrate 18 years of singing, Brighton’s only LGBT choir (other solely gay choirs are available) gave a performance that encompassed many of their past achievements – and they did it with style! In the last twelve months the choir has almost doubled in size but this did not daunt the newer members who embraced the challenge and helped make this one of their finest hours. Under the professional directorship of the very ambitious Aneesa Chaudhry this wholly amateur choir has reached new heights of musicality – and time after time their concerts prove this. This time it was clear that they have mastered the art of singing in an almost whisper whilst staying precisely pitched and timed, they can belt it out like the best of them when required which they certainly do, but Chaudhry knows how to reign them in and keep them in line.
There are real highs in their varied programme too, an eight part arrangement of Shenandoah sends shivers down the spine, Rhythm of Life thunders ahead like a speeding train but never a run-away train and, apart from Barber’s Adagio which I did not think worked, their classical pieces have real power and quality. The two sets are balanced, with favourites from the world of pop, musical theatre and choral church music.
What comes across as much as anything though is their sense of community, this choir smile as they sing – but not that fake performance grin adopted by so many. This is joy, joy from the music but also joy from belonging to something that drives them forward, forces them to seek new heights – and of course reach those heights. In response they received not one but two standing ovations! If I had one complaint it would be that accomplished pianist, Monte had to cope with a badly out of tune piano, a situation that needs to be addressed. A small quibble though for an evening of pleasure.
St George’s Church Kemp Town