‘Strength Through Harmony’ is the motto of the Rainbow Chorus — and its position as a mainstay of the Brighton and Hove music scene is as much due to its very welcoming and sociable ethos as the ambitious and varied repertoire it performs. The musical programme can range from Vivaldi and Faure to ABBA, African chants and co-perfomances with musicians such as Hazel O’Connor.) Rehearsals, overseen by the Chorus’ dynamic musical director Aneesa Chaudhry, take place at St George’s Church in Kemptown. Performances at home – and abroad – have a popular following.
The choir is open to LGBT people of all ages and abilities. Singers don’t have to audition or be able to read music — or even to have sung since they left school. The Chorus is also happy to hear from volunteers who might prefer to help behind the scenes rather than sing.
The Chorus also runs an additional singing group, RC+, for people who would like to sing together — but might not want to commit to a performance schedule.