Rainbow Chorus Concert at the Brighton Fringe Festival

The Rainbow Chorus is due to perform a stage-show on Thursday 21st May 2009 at the The Old Market in Hove.Come and see the choir’s Fringe show ‘Choral Propaganda’ and experience a truly outstanding performance: suffragette anthems, contemporary folk, rabble-rousing socialist 1930s songs and gay Berlin cabaret – it’s all there!

The Rainbow Chorus will treat the festival audience to a stage-show of their latest project ‘Choral Propaganda’. The choir is always open to new challenges and rehearsed their new show under the supervision of choreographer DrewWood. The choreography brings out the strong message of this unique concert: singing out loud, marching, changing of costumes and bringing the message across to the audience about the choir’s identity: standing up for gay rights. The Rainbow Chorus will perform songs which sympathise with gay activism as well as social and political change. ‘Choral Propaganda’ includes: ‘March of the Women’, ‘The Lavender Song’, and ’Advance Democracy’. The audience will also get to enjoy the choir in a more traditional role, as the first half will be a selection of numbers sure to entertain!

Matt Pollard Musical Director from the Rainbow Chorus said: “The Rainbow Chorus is a gay and lesbian choir, but I like to stretch our boundaries quite a lot! Choral Propaganda really harks back to the days when music was a powerful tool of social and political change. These days’ politics are once again big news, so it seemed like the right time to investigate this type of music.

The audience can expect a concert of two halves: in the first half they’ll experience our usual blend of glittering beauty and expressive power, including a world premiere by yours-truly. They should go to the interval spiritually uplifted!

The second half is all powerful agitprop music, so as well as being entertained, our audience may also want to overturn our decadent capitalist society upon leaving the venue – who knows? Music can be very powerful! There are lighter moments as well, with some gay Berlin cabaret thrown in for good measure.”

This will be the third year running that The Rainbow Chorus will be performing during The Brighton Fringe Festival. In2008 they opened the festival with their concert ‘Romantic Reaction’ including a performance from Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’ and The Rainbow Chorus also starred alongside sold-out act Tina C in The Udderbelly venue, Brighton and they surely ticked Tina’s box!

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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