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WORLD AIDS DAY CONCERT RAISES RECORD FUNDS FOR HIV CHARITY

APRIL 2016


The annual World AIDS Day Concert, held an December 1st at St Mary's Kemptown, raised a staggering £3032.48 for Lunch Positive, the local charity supporting people living with and affected by HIV.


Jointly organised by Actually Gay Men's Chorus, Brighton Gay Men's Chorus and The Rainbow Chorus - they were joined on stage by Brighton Belles, Rebelles, Resound Male Voices and Qukulele.


Full story at GScene online: http://gscene.com/news/world-aids-day-concert-raises-record-funds-for-hiv-charity 




THE SEVEN DOORS OF DANNY

APRIL 2016


This month, members of Actually Gay Men’s Chorus join forces with members of University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra in an exciting world premiere - “The Seven Doors of Danny”. 

Written by AGMC member, Ricky Horscraft, in collaboration with Brighton-based poet, 
John McCullough, the work is based on Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man”. And  hrough seven diverse songs, we follow the story of the title character from childhood to old age, with bullying, rejection, unfulfilled love, and criminal ways all thrown into the mix. 





IT'S BOUND TO BE RIGHT ON THE NIGHT!

MARCH 2016


A decade of divas, descant, drag and delight, brings it’s share of blood sweat and tears but ‘It’s Bound To Be Right On The Night!’. Actually Gay Men’s Chorus are pulling out all of the stops for what promises to be their biggest celebration to date. 

On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May the Chorus will perform an exciting retrospective with highlights from the past ten years that have entertained audiences through their trademark wall of sound, with stunning songs from musical theatre, the classics, reflections on war as well as a contemporary repertoire.

This celebration will be the final production for founder member and Musical Director Jason Pimblett who has led, styled and driven the Chorus to bring them to this exciting landmark. To help get the celebrations started the Chorus are thrilled to welcome back chorus favourites cabaret stars Miss Jason and David Raven, sopranos Samantha Howard and Sophie Causbrook,  and Monty Python’s Carol Cleveland.


Jason Pimblett said ‘It’s been a challenge to narrow down and select those songs that our loyal audiences love, there have been so many favourites over the years, the repertoire for ‘It’s Bound To Be Right On The Night’ has something for everyone”

‘It’s Bound To Be Right On The Night!’ is a Brighton Fringe Festival event and will be performed at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Waterloo Street, Hove. Tickets available £12 (£10 concessions) www.actuallygmc.org - no booking fee.


This event will be raising funds for Inclusion For All, tackling homophobic bullying in schools.


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AGMC MEMBERS OPEN THE DOOR TO WORLD PREMIERE
MARCH 2016
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Next month sees members of Actually Gay Men’s Chorus join forces with members of University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra in an exciting world premiere - “The Seven Doors of Danny”. 

Written by AGMC member, Ricky Horscraft, in collaboration with Brighton-based poet, John McCullough, the work is based on Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man”. And  hrough seven diverse songs, we follow the story of the title character from childhood to old age, with bullying, rejection, unfulfilled love, and criminal ways all thrown into the mix. 

The work has been 18 months in the making and when performed in part to an invited audience in June 2015, the enthusiastic reception told Ricky and John that they were onto a winning idea. Each song in the work is performed by a different soloist from the Chorus plus one surprise guest, accompanied by 28 musicians.

Hosted by Miss Jason (who also makes an appearance in the new work), the concert will be raising funds for Inclusion for All and Actually 
CIC. And to whet your appetite, John and Ricky have chosen some of their favourite music and poetry to open the show.

The concert is on Saturday April 2nd at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Waterloo Street, Hove, BN3 1AQ. Tickets from £9



ACTUALLY GAY MEN'S CHORUS IS SEEKING A NEW MD

MARCH 2016

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After 10 successful years Actually Gay Men’s Chorus are seeking a dynamic Musical Director to lead the Chorus into their next decade.  This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and committed musician to use their musical expertise and inspiring personality to challenge, interest and excite chorus members and our loyal audiences through regular performances.

This is a paid role which would be negotiated with the successful candidate based on the services agreed.  As a minimum these services would involve choosing music for performance; planning a rehearsal schedule; leading weekly rehearsals on a Thursday; leading additional rehearsals prior to a performance and conducting the performance itself.

The Musical Director would ideally be a competent pianist and will choose and conduct a varied repertoire of music, using their technical experience to teach chorus members this music for performance.

Please go to actuallygmc.org for more information about the Chorus and contact Philip Davies at pladavies_1@msn.com for further details about this exciting opportunity.


THANKS RECEIVED FROM LUNCH POSITIVE
MARCH 2016

A video message of thanks received from Lunch Positive for members of Actually Gay Men's Chorus, for their participation and support of the annual Brighton World AIDS Day Concert on 1st December. Actually joined Brighton BellesBrighton Gay Men's ChorusRainbow ChorusRebellesResound Male Voices and Qukulele for the annual fundraiser. 




Members of Actually Gay Men's Chorus got up super early to volunteer for the 2016 Vitality Brighton Half Marathon.
FEBRUARY 2016

Thousands of people took to the streets for the annual Vitality Brighton Half Marathon at the weekend. Olympic legend Sally Gunnell was the official starter for the popular  event, which is now in its 26th year. The weather was chilly but dry, creating good running conditions and drawing large crowds of spectators.
The race is the largest annual fundraising event for the Sussex Beacon, a Brighton-based charity which supports people with HIV/Aids. Many runners also support other charities as well.





GSCENE REVIEW: Actually Gay Men's Chorus and London Gay Symphony Orchestra

JANUARY 2016 


"Last night's concert at the Dome (Jan 10th) was a showcase for the combined talents of Actually Gay Men's Chorus, The London Gay Symphony Orchestra, pianists Coady 

Green and Christopher Wayne Smith, sopranos Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz and Samantha Howard, and entertainers David Raven and Jason Sutton who all brought something special to the evening's music making."


"AGMC have been going through a period of restructuring over recent seasons, but it all came together last night. They sang better than I have ever heard them before. Jason Pimblett, their musical director, has done a fine job with them and they are a better chorus for it."


Read the full story >>>>



Actually pianists set a historic world record with Himalayas Performance!

October 2015


Coady Green, Artistic Director for Actually Gay Men’s Chorus and his partner Christopher Wayne Smith, both internationally award-winning classical pianists have made the record books by performing two massive symphonies for piano duet, 3600 meters above sea level at the Thikse Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Himalayas. It’s on record as the highest ever publicly attended classical music concert in history.

See our Press/PR  page for full story!



It will be anchors away for Actually Gay Men’s Chorus tenor and international sailing official, Alan Baser at the end of October.


Alan is embarking on his most prestigious role to date, taking the helm as Chief Umpire at the ISAF Sailing World Cup final in Abu Dhabi, October 27 to November 1.


See our Press Release page for the full story!




Halloween Preparations Underway!


Halloween preparations are really taking shape and today (5th Sept) a spellbinding rehearsal took place, when some of the Actually boys, were made extremely welcome, by the Isle of Wight Gay Men's Chorus, at a rehearsal in Ryde on the Isle of Wight for 'Demons Are A Ghouls Best Friend', being performed on Saturday 31st October at the Latest Music Bar Brighton, raising money for Inclusion For All




Proud to march in London Pride!


Actually Gay Men's Chorus were proud to march in London Pride 2015 with Inclusion for All on 27th June.

The boys had a great day supporting Shaun Dellenty, IFA and London Pride!




The Chorus were proud to present Inclusion For All with a cheque for £1408.40, raised from recent performances and fundraising activities.


Shaun Dellenty and Mike Donovan from IFA were on hand to receive the funds which were raised to help tackle homophobic bullying and language in schools. Shaun said “IFA is incredibly honored and grateful to be partnered with the inspirational Actually Chorus again this year. The funds raised through Actually’s concert performances will help fund IFA’s anti-LGBT bullying theatre in eduction tour, delivering vital messages about difference, diversity and acceptance to whole school communities.”




Well done to everyone who joined Bear Patrol on 30th May and raised money for the Rainbow Fund, including Chorus members, Colin, Jonathan, Aaron and Chris and Chorus patron, Jason Sutton, aka Miss Jason.


http://gscene.com/news/bear-patrol-abseil-down-spinnaker-tower-for-rainbow-fund/


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