Strength in Harmony

The Rainbow Chorus is Brighton and Hove's largest community LGBTQ+ SATB choir.

 

About us

Welcome to the Rainbow Chorus! We are the largest community LGBTQ+ SATB choir in the south-east outside of London. Based in Brighton & Hove we have been celebrating diversity through music since 1997. We welcome people from all sections of our community.

 

We offer an enjoyable, supportive and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ members to sing, develop their community spirit and awareness, and enable individuals to develop their talents, skills and confidence.

 

Through public performance, we enhance the profile of LGBTQ+ people, particularly in Brighton and Hove, and contribute to the quality and range of community events. We believe that singing at events such as World Aids Day and TransPride sends a clear message that we are out and proud and all different. As part of our commitment to the local community, we also support other charities by singing to help them raise funds.

 

Join the Choir

Anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ is welcome to join us and you don’t need to audition, you just need to want to sing! There are two ways to join the Rainbow Chorus family:

Join Rainbow Chorus

The Rainbow Chorus is a community choir with high standards that rehearses weekly on a Monday evening with additional rehearsals on some weekends. We have New Members Nights twice a year (January and September) with no obligation to join and no audition, although there is an expectation that you can sing in tune.

 

Join RC+

If you have less free time, or want to improve your singing voice in a less formal setting, our monthly RC+ workshops are loads of fun and a safe space where you can learn some great songs by ear, with sheet music and lyrics to aid if needed. 

Choir News

We are looking forward to seeing new and returning faces at our upcoming New Members Night on the 16th January 2023. We’ve set out what to expect below – we hope you have a great time!

 

Please arrive in good time at St George’s Church for a 6:30pm start.

 

6:30-7:30pm – There will be a fun and informal Choir Workshop with existing choir members where Aneesa (our fabulous Musical Director) will warm up your vocal cords with some exercises and songs. It’ll give you a chance to try out different voice parts too if you are unsure where you might fit in.

 

7:30-9:30pm – Voice Placement Meetings. You will be allocated a time slot for your voice placement meeting by the membership team. This 5-10 minute assessment will take place in a separate room so that Aneesa and Monti (the music team) can properly review your voice and consider the balance of voices in the choir. Please don’t worry or be nervous, this meeting will be fun, relaxed and open. One of the membership team will be there too so you can have a chat about it afterwards.

 

The music team will then decide whether you are best suited to the Rainbow Chorus or the RC+ monthly choir and the voice part and we will let you know their decision by Thursday 19th January. 

 

7:30-9:30pm – Choir Social. While the voice placements are taking place there will be the chance to get to talk to existing choir members and ask any burning questions, chat about all things music, LGBTQ+ and more! You’ll find a variety of hot drinks, cold drinks, and nibbles available. We try to make sure we have some gluten and milk-free alternatives so that everyone can join in. 

 

 

Your Commitment Expectations

 

The Rainbow Chorus is a community choir with high standards and the commitment level can be a bit daunting. We’ve set out our expectations below – if the Rainbow Chorus is not for you then our monthly RC+ choir may be a better fit. Talk to the membership team for details.
 

The Rainbow Chorus have 2 main concert performances a year (plus additional festival, community and charity performances). To be able to perform at these concerts you MUST:
 

  • Be able to sing in tune and sing your assigned voice part in tune.
  • Come to at least 75% of all rehearsals – weekly rehearsals are on Monday nights and additional rehearsals at weekends (usually 2 or 3 per term on a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon).
  • Attend pre-rehearsal sectionals (1 or 2 per term from 6.30 – 7.30 on Mondays) and where possible to attend ad-hoc sectionals organised by members of sections to support with song learning. 
  • We also encourage new members to attend 3 RC+ workshop choir sessions in their first term.
  • Choir members must also adhere to the choir’s membership policies – the choir is a safe and welcoming space for all LGBTQ+ people and we do not tolerate discrimination towards our members.
  • There will be a 3-month trial period – so that both sides can check-in as to whether you have been placed in the right voice part and if the choir best suits your needs.
     

We look forward to seeing you at New Members Night on the 16th January 2023. If you have any questions please get in touch with out membership team – email: membership@rainbowchorus.org.uk

Support the Choir

There are many ways to support the Rainbow Chorus:

Volunteer

Donate

Sponsor Us

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You can find videos of past performances on our Youtube channel.