Twas The Night Before Christmas 2013
As always, Christmas really started for us with our traditional annual production of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, on Monday 23rd December, a real highlight of the festive season, St Andrew's Church was packed to the rafters for a fun evening of both traditional and more unusual musical choices - a triumph for both Actually Gay Men's, and Actually Gay Women's Choruses!
We'd like to thank everyone that came this (last!) year, and look forward to your continued support.
On this occasion, as well as helping to keep the choruses running, the concert also raised another £578.84 for donation to charity. All while we enjoyed ourselves!
Tainted Love - 1st and 2nd August 2013
Brighton and Hove's Actually Gay Men's Chorus - Tainted Love - When it comes to matters of the heart, little sums up the passion, pain and fragility of emotions more powerfully than a song. Tainted Love, this year’s Pride performance by Actually Gay Men’s Chorus explored the ecstasy, angst, devotion and despair that is love.
A break away from a more traditional repertoire, the Chorus performed iconic songs from the sixties to present day, written by artists such as Adele, U2 and Bryan Adams.
Music Of The Night - 26th and 27th April 2013
Actually Gay Men's Chorus celebrated some of the classics from musical theatre both past and present.
Presenting the evening was
Monty Python's very own Carol Cleveland.
Also featuring guest soprano Samantha Howard & conducted by Musical Director Jason Pimblett.
Somewhere For Me - 22nd Feb 2013
Actually Gay Men's Chorus performed some favourite numbers including an original arrangement of Albinoni's Adagio (with guest soprano Samantha Howard) and Rodriguez's Concerto De Aranjuez. There was a selection of songs from the hit musical Moulin Rouge featuring One day I'll Fly Away, Come What May and Roxanne. The first part of the performance will culminated in a teaser for their forthcoming April show The Music Of The Night - A Celebration of the West End which will be performed at St Andrew's Church, Waterloo Street in Hove on April 26 and 27. In part two the boys launched their new album, Somewhere For Me, which includes songs by David Bowie, Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails to name a few. The album was recorded last year for Universal Records and is now available from Actually Brighton Records - our very own label!.
Chairman, John Hamilton said: “The chorus were delighted to be taking part in the new LGBT Arts Festival. It's a great opportunity to showcase favourite repertoire old and new in the wonderful setting of St Mary's Church, Kemptown, as well as a great opportunity to launch the long awaited album.”
Twas The Night Before Christmas 2012
As always, Christmas really started for Brighton and Hove's 'Actually Gay Men's Chorus' with our traditional annual production of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, on Sun 23rd December. A real highlight of the festive season, it was a fun evening with both traditional and more unusual musical choices, featuring Actually Gay Men's Chorus and Actually Gay Women's Chorus.
We raised £516 for charity at this event!
World Aids Day 2012
The Men's (and Women's!) Chorus took part in Actually CIC's 2nd annual WAD concert ,held in Hove's St Andrew's Church, on Saturday 1st December.
The concert, with the premier performance of The 'Beacons' Requiem – with orchestra – was dedicated to the Sussex Beacon, and was composed by chorus member Ricky Horscraft.
This event, remembering and celebrating the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS is never ticketed, and all performers gave their time completely free. Bucket collections were held for Sussex Beacon at the end of the concert raising £501.94, with every penny going straight to the charity.
Now into our 8th year, the chorus, previously very well known as Brighton & Hove (actually) Gay Men's Chorus, continues to grow and evolve. All members of Actually GMC, as we've been called since August 2011, are members of Actually Community Interest Company (a not for profit company, registered in England No 06845768), which also manages the new Actually Gay Women's Chorus. We continue to serve the communities of Brighton AND Hove, just as we always have done.
Brighton Festival Fringe 2012Actually Gay Men's Chorus were once again proud to be performing as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe, in what was a real show to remember. A post war Parisian theatre bar which has seen grander times, was the setting for this story of deceit, laughter and of course love lost and love found - no matter what, The Show Must Go On! Inspired by ‘Moulin Rouge’, this story was set to a repertoire of old and new favourites, from musical theatre to operetta, sung in harmony by Actually Gay Men’s Chorus and featuring guest performers, Samantha Howard, Gerry McCrudden and Melanie Howard.
Click here to see a review on RealBrighton.com
T'was The Night Before ChristmasAs always, Christmas really started for us with our sell out production of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, on Thus 22nd December, a real highlight of the festive season. It was a fun evening with both traditional and more unusal musical choices, featuring Actually Gay Women's Chorus in their first public performance.
If We Only Have Love - Thurs 1st December 2011 Actually Gay Men’s Chorus were very pleased to be taking part in the first World AIDS Day event to be held at St Andrew’s Church, Hove, along with the popular community choir, Hullabaloo.
This event gave an opportunity for anyone in the local community to remember and celebrate all those lives affected by HIV/ AIDS, irrespective of age, gender, or sexuality.Admission to this event was by charitable donation, with all proceeds going to Sussex Beacon. Any cost incurred at this event (about £100) were paid by Actually Community Interest Company, our not for profit governing body. Every single person involved in this event did it completely free!
Again supporting the Sussex Beacon, who we've raised thousands for just in the last year, the event was well attended and enjoyed by all.Hullabaloo were fantastic, and we look foward to working with them again in the future. The song choices were amazing and thought provoking. Thanks to everyone who gave their time for absolutely nothing, and to the Beacon staff who came along to support the event.
Fly Me To The Moon August 2011 Can you imagine Dr Who and his tardis materialising at St Andrew’s in 2011, accompanied by not one but thirty handsome assistants? Well this was the case as Actually Gay Men’s Chorus and new chorus friend, Dale Who, flung wide the tardis doors to perform in Fly Me to the Moon. This was their sixth annual Pride show, which linked into the theme of this year’s Brighton Pride, Out of this World.photos (c) :Tony Mould: My Brighton and Hove
Il Trovatore May 2011 As part of the Brighton Fringe the Chorus faced one of their biggest challenges to date - to appear in a full concert performance of Verdi's opera Il Trovatore, sung in the original Italian. Joining forces with Music Theatre 2000, a 45 piece orchestra and a host of incredible international opera stars, this was a hugely exciting and enjoyable performance!photos (c) :Tony Mould: My Brighton and Hove
Our Finest Hours November 2010 As part of our 5th Birthday Celebrations the Chorus staged their most ambitious show yet - a Gala performance at Hove Town Hall. We were joined on stage by some of our well-loved guests from previous shows, as well as an appearance by the acclaimed London Gay Men's Chorus. The evening was hosted by Simon Fanshawe, and all proceeds were donated to the Sussex Beacon.click here to see lots more photos from the night!photos (c) Robin Parfitt: Actually CIC)
This Morning - ITV July 2010The Chorus appeared live from Brighton Beach on iTV's 'This Morning' on Monday 19th July.
Chairman John Hamilton was interviewed by Christopher Biggins, followed by the Chorus singing "Impossible Dream". Although due to technical issues we didn't appear for as long as we would have liked, it was a fun morning and great publicity!
You'll Never Walk Alone - The Three Choirs Concert - October 2009In a special concert to raise money for Brighton's AIDS Memorial statue, all three LGBT choruses appeared on stage together for the first time. BH(a)GMC, supported by soprano Samantha Howard and saxophonist Nick Warr, were followed by the BGMC and the Rainbow Chorus in a night of remembrance and hope. All three Choruses then joined together for a rousing finale of "You'll Never Walk Alone".
On the Beaches - July 2009The Chorus were honoured to welcome Dame Vera Lynn, residents of St Dunstan's, and members of the Royal British Legion as our very special guests to our fourth annual Pride show - a celebration of the music and community spirit of WW2, and a commemoration of the D-Day landings and all those who were lost in the conflict. The Chorus were joined on stage by soprano Fiona Baines, saxophonist Nick Warr, WW2 veteran Dorie Steward and Sam Beard.photos (c) Tony Mould: My Brighton and Hove
Coming Out of Make-Up - May 2009As part of the Brighton Fringe festival the Chorus produced Coming Out of Make-Up. Our very special guests - David Raven, Dave Lynn, Scott Burey, Robert James and Jason Sutton - are best known for their drag performances, but for the frst time together on stage, they "came out of make-up" to appear as themselves. Music, chat and humour combined to create a thoroughly entertaining show. Special thanks to Josh Mills who stepped in to conduct at the last minute!photos (c) Tony Mould: My Brighton and Hove
Twas the Night Before Christmas - December 2008Our Christmas show this year was hosted by Doctor Who star Jacqueline King, and we were also privileged to be joined by guest soprano Fiona Baines. It was held in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, the High Sheriff of East Sussex and his wife, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Brighton; and the mix of carols, seasonal songs and festive readings, followed by mulled wine and mince pies, got us all in the Christmas spirit! Click here for a review from GScene magazine, or visit our galleries for more pictures.
The Roses of Success - November 2008A one-off gala performance to celebrate our third birthday, with a selection of our favourite songs from previous shows, The Roses of Success was our first appearance at the Old Market. This was our most ambitious show to date, featuring GIs, sailors, French revolutionaries and cowboys - as well as opera, pop ballads and a few comedy numbers! Mr David Raven once again hosted the evening in his inimitable style. Click here for a review from the Argus newspaper, or visit our galleries for more pictures.
Do You Hear the People Sing? - August 2008Our Pride 2008 show Do You Hear The People Sing? was a huge success! A selection of songs from the musicals, opera favourites and highlights from Les Miserables was heard by a packed house on both nights! Joining us on stage were members of the recently formed South Wales Gay Men's Chorus, and the evening was hosted by Mr David Raven. A total of £1000 was raised for charity, split between Pride, the Friends of St Andrews' and the Diabetes Society.Visit our galleries for more pictures.
Twas the Night Before Christmas... - December 2007With the new heating system installed, it was back to St. Andrew's for our Christmas Show, with a blend of traditional carols, festive show tunes and seasonal readings, with a Victorian feel. The evening was rounded off with mince pies and mulled wine, to get everyone in the festive mood!Visit our galleries for more pictures.
WhipCrackAway! - August 2007WhipCrackAway! was the Chorus' second Pride show and featured a selection of songs from Miss Saigon, as well as our usual mix of opera, show tunes and comedy numbers. The evening finished with a medley of songs from the shows on a Western theme in a Cowboy Extravaganza! The evening was hosted by Chorus patron Dame Margot Hamilton.Visit our galleries for more pictures.