Actually Gay Men's Chorus help raise over £2400 for Brighton & Hove's Mayor's Charities

Christmas is always a busy time for Actually Gay Men’s Chorus, and December 2018 was no exception! Following the privilege of singing for the switch on of Brighton’s Christmas lights, Actually Gay Men’s Chorus were thrilled to receive a request from Councillor Dee Simpson, Mayor of Brighton & Hove, to perform exclusively at her Christmas Concert in the opulent splendour of The Music Room of The Royal Pavilion.

To a packed audience, Actually GMC performed an intimate preview of their Christmas concert, “It’s Actually Christmas”. The concert raised £2400 for The Mayor’s Charities, which include Martlets Hospice Care, Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, Off the Fence and The Grace Eyre Foundation.

Musical Director, Samuel Cousins, said “It was a true honour to have been invited to perform by the Mayor in support of her chosen charities and to sing in the beautiful music room in the Royal Pavillion was an absolute pleasure. Supporting the local community in Brighton and Hove is what we are all about, and this event truly was one of the highlights for us in 2018.

Dee recently invited the boys to a reception at her Mayor’s parlour, to acknowledge Actually Gay Men’s Chorus’ work for charity and its contribution to the city of Brighton and Hove.

Actually Chairman, Alan Baser, said “We are a community organisation that finds fulfilment in performing together and to be able to share that with others is a real pleasure. We’re very grateful to Dee for her support of our chorus and being invited to join her in the parlour was a real pleasure and an indication that the City of Brighton & Hove values its LGBT+ community

Actually Gay Men’s Chorus was set up with the specific aim of providing a place where gay men can socialise, have fun and develop social skills in a unique environment. Since its creation, Actually has helped raise thousands of pounds for local causes.