Despite summer still being a fresh memory, Actually Gay Men’s Chorus is marching full steam ahead into its next season in Brighton & Hove.

Their concert for Pride, “True Colours” was met with rave reviews, especially for its explosive finale where the Chorus was joined by vocal powerhouse Kara Van Park to sing Colour My World from Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

The Chorus is pleased to welcome back many alumni members, and a successful recruitment campaign in September also introduced several new performers to the Actually family.

Dennis, a Chorus regular for the past decade. is back after a break to direct for The Brighton Fringe. He is delighted to be back for Actually’s annual Christmas Show. He said, “It's going to be a cracker”

Members of the Actually Gay Men’s Chorus have been working with other musical groups in the wider Brighton and Hove community over the summer months. Gareth and Chris joined Simon Gray’s Music Theatre 2000 for Some Enchanted Evening, a celebration of favourite and lesser known musicals.

They were also cast in Southwick Opera’s production of Roger & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, in which Gareth took the protagonist role, Curly McLain, to packed audiences at Southwick’s Barn Theatre.

Actually’s Musical Director, Samuel Cousins, joins them in the cast of Southwick Opera in their next production, Tri-Opera. Performed 7th-10th November at Southwick’s Barn Theatre, this taster concert of three condensed operas, sung in English, is the perfect programme for the opera novice as well as the connoisseur.

Sam says, “I think it is an absolutely thrilling adventure to be supporting and taking part in something in the wider community of Brighton and hove. The Tri-Opera is a wonderful way into the world of opera and led expertly by the wonderful Simon Gray”.

Gareth has also been busy rehearsing with Brighton & Hove Operatic Society for their production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical at The Old Market, 4th to 8th December.

Gareth said, "Actually gave me the confidence to perform on stage, and Simon Gray gave me my big break with Oklahoma! I will be painting the stage in Priscilla - Queen of the Desert, and bringing out my inner diva!"

The Chorus itself is of course busy with its own projects as it approaches its busiest time of the year, and Samuel yet again is pulling again is pulling out all the stops for a challenging yet entertaining repertoire the new term.

Christmas comes early for Actually Gay Men’s Chorus this year, as they have invited by Brilliant Brighton to perform at the switching on of Brighton’s Christmas Lights for the 2018 Festive Season.

Expect your Ding! and Dong! to be musical as well as illuminated above Western Road this year!

1st December is World AIDS Day, and Actually Gay Men’s is proud once again to stand alongside many of the city’s other LGBT+ musical groups to remember those lost, and reduce stigma for those living with HIV.

Timed to follow the AIDS Memorial Vigil and reading of names, St Mary’s Church, Kemptown is the venue for Brighton & Hove’s World AIDS Day Charity Concert.

Timed to follow the AIDS Memorial Vigil and reading of names, St Mary’s Church, Kemptown is the venue for Brighton & Hove’s World AIDS Day Charity Concert.

All this leads of course to the season finale of Actually Gay Men’s Chorus’ Autumn/Winter term. Its annual Christmas extravaganza, this year titled “It’s Actually Christmas”, is designed to fill you with festive cheer and to usher in Christmastime to Hove as only Actually can. St Andrew’s Church will again we packed to the rafters as we invite you to join in with congregational carols and enjoy Actually’s Christmas favourites and new specialities.

St Andrew’s Church will again we packed to the rafters as we invite you to join in with congregational carols and enjoy Actually’s Christmas favourites and new specialities.

Tickets are now on presale for December 22nd, 8pm and the performance will again be fundraising for members’ charity, The Sussex Beacon.

New member, Nick, said “I first attended an AGMC concert because my friend Steph joined and was clearly having a fantastic time. Each concert since then has surpassed the one before. I am looking forward to entertaining my friends and family and launching Christmas with some musical magic!”

The Actually Members’ chosen charity for 2018

THE SUSSEX BEACON

The Sussex Beacon charity offers specialist care and support for men, women and families living with HIV. Open every day of the year, The Sussex Beacon helps people manage with the everyday realities of living with this life-long condition that has no cure.

Julie Rawcliffe of The Sussex Beacon said, ”Every year, we need to raise over two million pounds to continue providing these vital services to people living with HIV. It is only through the generosity of people like you that we are able to continue our work.”