Strength in Harmony

The Rainbow Chorus is Brighton & Hove’s only non-audition LGBTQ+ choir, and the only one in the South outside of London.

Songs Without Borders

The sumNFP_RAINSWB16_002WMmer 2016 concert from the Rainbow Chorus, Brighton’s only non-audition LGBT choir, took place on Saturday 25 June at its home St. George’s Church in Kemp Town. Under the musical direction of Aneesa Chaudhry and accompanied by Mojca Monte, some 53 members of the 75-strong choir performed a repertoire of 15 songs from around the world.

Entitled Songs Without Borders, a name chosen many months earlier, nobody could have guessed how timely a theme it would be.  The performance took place shortly after the Orlando massacre and the day following the outcome of the EU referendum. As Finola Brophy, Chair of the Rainbow Chorus, said in her opening speech: “We’re living in strange and disturbing times with change, uncertainty and fear dominating, not just in the UK but worldwide too. It’s never felt a more important time to send a message of solidarity, inclusiveness and hope from the Rainbow Chorus to the rest of the world.”

The Rainbow Chorus lifted all our hearts and reminded us how universal love is.


And ‘inclusiveness’ is not a word the Rainbow Chorus takes lightly. In addition to performing songs in Ndebele, Maori, Italian and Hebrew and inviting the talented Marco Nardi to sign the concert in BSL, the choir raised funds for Brighton Voices in Exile, a registered charity reaching out to refugees, asylum seekers and those with no recourse to public funds within Sussex. Through raffle tickets and collection buckets, the audience donated £638. Arthur Law, of the BVIE Cookery Team says: “The Rainbow Chorus lifted all our hearts and reminded us how universal love is and how powerful the bonds of soul and heart that recognise no borders. Voices in Exile is really pleased to have joined with the Chorus in raising the profile of LGBT people fleeing war and persecution and seeking refuge in the UK. We want to continue to improve our service to LGBT refugees. The generosity of the audience at Songs Without Borders was awesome. Thanks for the songs and the love, we look forward to working with you again”.