GLOW! Brighton’s Community Choir for LGBTQ+ people and their allies!

Besi Besemar July 29, 2018

Songs From Around the World, Taught By Ear! All Voices Welcome! – New Term Starts Saturday September 15, 2018.

Hannah-Rose Tristram - Sing Face Singfest
Hannah-Rose Tristram – Singfest

UNIQUE amongst the many choirs in Brighton, GLOW Choir is a Natural Voice choir for LGBT++ people and their Allies to unite in song. ALL voices are welcome, without exception! There is no ‘identity policing’ at GLOW, and no discrimination is tolerated. The atmosphere is one of respect, relaxation, learning and fun. They do their best to accommodate any specific needs that disabled choir members may have, and people of ALL levels of musical experience and ability are very welcome to join in.

They sing a wide range of songs in many moods and genres from across the globe, all taught by ear.

Once a term GLOW has a sharing/concert, and at least 50% of the profits from this are donated to relevant charities. In recent term’s, GLOW has raised impressive amounts of money for Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard, MindOut, Educate & Celebrate and The Albert Kennedy Trust. This term’s charity is yet to be decided…

Whilst many participants enjoy performing at the End of Term Sharing, there is no obligation to perform if you just want to go along and enjoy the sessions. The main focus of GLOW choir is the participants’ enjoyment, the support of the communities, and the experience of a jolly good group sing in an encouraging environment.

Choir leader Hannah-Rose Tristram has been leading choirs and teaching singing for over a decade, and has travelled the world in pursuit of great music for a cappella voices. This term’s Musical Menu may include a traditional Polish song (with bonus accordion!), a South African Xhosa Song, a wintery round by Jan Harmon, and moving and uplifting songs by Natural Voice ‘greats’ Ali Burns, Helen Yeomans, Chrys Blanchard, Nickomo, Rowena Whitehead, Judith Silver and Hannah-Rose Tristram.

What participants say: “Glow is incredible – I could not have dreamt of a more welcoming, warm and light hearted, fun singing group. I never thought I would be in a choir. Glow changed that. Glow represents what is best about communities.” Sophie C  

“Going to the choir gives me so much joy. When I first went I honestly couldn’t believe how wonderful it felt. I often sing the songs around the house, or when I’m on the bus! The group is a lovely space to be in each week and being part of it has been beneficial for me in many ways.” Summer  

“You accept us all for who we are without judgement and that is very rare. Thank you for being an amazing teacher.” Layla B

“Singing together elevates mood and creates a sense of sharing, connection and community which is highly positive. This is certainly true of the majority of choirs, but what makes GLOW unique is the incredibly supportive, almost family, atmosphere that is created. No one feels excluded but instead greeted and welcomed into a place where there is no judgement, only harmony and an amazing range of beautiful songs from the Natural Voice Practitioners Network in a variety of styles and subjects. There is a sense of real peace and contentment that is commented on by many at the end of a session.” AnnA

Event: GLOW! community choir

Where: St Luke’s Church Prestonville, 64 Old Shoreham Road, BN1 5DD

When: Saturday afternoons weekly from September 15- December 15.

Time: 2.30 – 4.30pm

Cost: Drop in: £9/£7 conc.  Up front term pay = 3 sessions free.

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