Who we are
The Brighton Singers is a chamber choir of around 35 people who love to sing a wide repertoire of music together to a very high standard. Our members bring a wealth of experience gained through participating in other ensembles too. Throughout our history we have enjoyed exploring different genres and have performed a varied programme of choral music, both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment. We have featured works by composers active during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and through the centuries to modern contemporary pieces.
The choir is self-funding through subscriptions calculated termly, and organised through a committee of members.
The choir was founded in 1997. A group of 16 singing friends had been involved in a memorial service, singing a piece which had been commissioned for the purpose. They enjoyed it and thought it would be fun to continue singing together. Michael Finnissy was invited to direct the group, which he did for two years. Since then the group has grown and several conductors, including Andrew Sherwood, have been involved in developing the choir. In fact, for some years the choir was unique in its policy of inviting a guest conductor each term, providing valuable experience of working with new people. Local musicians including John Hancorn, Nicolas Chisholm, Katie Thomas, Elizabeth Woodhouse, Rob Lane, Peter Michael Davison, Stefan Holmström and Paula O’Sullivan have directed the choir in recent years.
In 2019, after working with Nicholas Houghton on several occasions, he was invited to become our permanent Music Director on a 2/3 basis, adding The Brighton Singers to his portfolio of local choirs. This format enables the choir to flourish further under the continuity of his direction whilst maintaining the opportunity to work with a guest for the summer concert each year. Although interrupted by the pandemic, this is how future planning will now proceed.
The choir welcomes new members where there are vacancies. Prospective singers should have good sight-reading skills, the ability to blend and time to work on the music at home between rehearsals. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org