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

 

Rainbow Chorus are bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. The scheme sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects and this quarter’s vote in Brighton & Hove will see Tesco support a local LGBTQ+ project.


Three groups have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop. Voting is open in the following stores in July, August and September:
 

  • Tesco Superstores: Hove; Portslade.
  • Tesco Express Hove: Station Approach (Esso); Denmark Villas; The Droveway; Western Road and Westway.
  • Tesco Express Brighton: Jubilee Street; Queens Road; Woodingdean (Esso).


Rainbow Chorus is one of the groups on the shortlist and the following information on our project will be displayed:
Rainbow Chorus
Deaf & Sign Language Users Included
Brighton


Rainbow Chorus will provide inclusive concerts with BSL interpretation plus outreach to the sign language user community to introduce choral music to the widest possible audience.


Finola Brophy, Chair of Trustees commented: “We are delighted that Tesco have decided to support LGBTQ+ projects in Brighton and Hove and that Rainbow Chorus will be included in the vote. We know how important it is for organisations to be inclusive and reaching out to the Deaf and Sign Language user community ensures our performances are open to all. Winning this vote will enable us to continue this outreach for the next year, including providing a British Sign Language interpreter at the annual World Aids Day concert on 1 st December. Please support Rainbow Chorus with your vote each time you shop.”


So far Tesco Community Grants has awarded over £96 million to more than 46,000 community projects. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/communitygrants.

Support the Choir

There are many ways to support the Rainbow Chorus:

Volunteer

Donate

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Find us on Social Media

You can find Rainbow Chorus on most social media platforms. Please follow us, show your support and keep up to date on the latest Rainbow Chorus news!

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