Glow Choir – new term starts September 14

Gary Hart August 15, 2019

GLOW! Brighton’s natural voice community choir for LGBT+ people and allies will welcome all new voices to the start of its new term on Saturday, September 14.

UNIQUE amongst the many choirs in Brighton, GLOW choir is a Natural Voice choir for LGBT+ people and Allies to unite in song.

All voices are welcome, without exception. What unites those in the GLOW choir community is not that they are all exactly the same – because they are not. What unites them is a mutual understanding of respect for each other, willingness to listen and learn, and support for everyone to be who they are, in all their glorious uniqueness.

The atmosphere is one of respect, relaxation, learning and fun. They do their best to accommodate specific needs that choir members may have. People of all levels of musical experience and ability are very welcome to join in.

“GLOW has made me feel more confident with my own voice and taking up space in the world – it feels like a safe space where I’m welcomed and that has had far reaching outcomes in the rest of my life.”……..Nikolai

“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

GLOW choir sings a wide range of songs from across the globe, all taught by ear.

Once a term they stage a sharing/concert, and at least 50% of the profits from this are donated to relevant charities.

In recent terms, they have raised money for Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard, MindOut, Educate and Celebrate and The Albert Kennedy Trust. Last term they raised £95 for MindOut. This term’s charity is yet to be decided.

Whilst many participants enjoy performing at the End of Term Sharing Concert, 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 community, and the experience of a group sing in an encouraging environment.

“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

Choir leader Hannah-Rose Tristram has been leading choirs and teaching singing for well 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 healing song from Caucasus Georgia, an uplifting traditional Gospel song, a fun and atmospheric Spanish song, an ode to tea by Kenneth Simpson, a gentle song by Chrys Blanchard (Natural Voice Network), a peace and protest song of the heart by Kathy Lowe, a song about the need for compassion in refugee situations by Rebecca Spalding, a beautiful round by Chandler Yorkhall with a personal blessing from the composer for GLOW, and short sweet easy hearty songs by Nickomo (NVN) and Hannah-Rose Tristram (NVN).

Event: Saturday afternoons

Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm (tea break included)

When: New term is from: September 14 to December 14, 2019

End of Term Sharing: Dec 14

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

Other Where: September 28 and October 26 are at West Hill Hall, Compton Avenue, BN1 3PS.

Prices: Drop in: £10 Full Price, £9 Standard, £7 Concession.

If you pay up front for the term you get three sessions free.

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To contact Hannah-Rose Tristram, email:

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