The Rainbow Chorus is in their twelfth year and is due to perform a fantastic show on Monday 4th May 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London during the international Various Voices Festival. It’s for the time that a Rainbow Chorus concert will be staged. The visualisation will be stunning. During the show the choir will line-up in the shape of the letter V, they will be changing costumes between the performances and during’ Homophobia’ there will be no barrier between the choir and the audience as the entire choir will be lined up at the edge of the stage right in front of the audience. The Rainbow Chorus will perform songs which sympathise with gay activism. Expect the following music: ‘March of the Women’, ‘Solidarity Song’, ‘Coal for Mike’, ‘The Lavender Song’, ‘Homophobia ’and ’Advance Democracy’.

This concert in the capital will be a warming up for the choir’s entry at The Brighton Fringe Festival at Thursday 21st May, The Old Market in Hove. The Rainbow Chorus will be performing ‘Choral Propaganda’ including the songs as mentioned above. This will be the second year running that The Rainbow Chorus will performe during The Brighton Fringe Festival. In 2008 the chorus starred twice during the festival: they opened the festival with their succesfull concert ‘Romantic Reaction’ including a performance from Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’ and the Rainbow Chorus also starred three evenings alongside Tina C in The Udderbelly Venue, Brighton and they surely ticked Tina’s box!

Stephen Watson, choir member and the man behind the Rainbow Chorus website said: “In our time, we have performed music encompassing many genres and eras, from popular to classical and from the 17th century to the present day. Our identity as a gay and lesbian community choir informs much of our programming, and in this concert we decided to present protest music, mostly from the 20s and 30s but with a small nod to later years as well.

The struggle for gay rights is part of a wider struggle for human rights and in this programme we will be looking to a wider musical landscape than last year’s Fringe performance. This Fringe performance will be an expanded version of our concert at the Royal Festival Hall on the 4th of May as part of the Various Voices Festival at the South Bank. Some of the composers represented at The Old Market will be Eisler, Britten, Chumbawamba, Spoliansky and Pollard (yes, our very own)”

Monday 4th May 2009: Various Voices, London – The Rainbow Chorus, Royal Festival Hall.

Start: 12pm. Tickets: www.variousvoices.co.uk

Thursday 21st May 2009: Brighton Fringe Festival, The Old Market, Hove.

Start: 7:45pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. The Old Market, Brighton & Hove Venue: Live Music Events, Concerts, Theatre, Literary Events, Wedding & Civil Partnerships + Conferences, East Sussex, UK , box office: 01273 736222, from choir members or from the Fringe box office. Brighton Dome – Concert Hall, Corn Exchange, Pavilion Theatre – Events and Conference Venues (ticket office: 01273 709709 (£2.25 transaction fee per booking)

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