Surrey's own LGBTQ+ Choir

Coming October 8th to Guildford - open & welcome

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Musical Ambition

Start with a Dream and end with a Song

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LGBTQ+ or bust

A local Surrey choir specially for LGBTQ+ people and our friends

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Girls just wanna have fun!

Time to release your inner Beyoncé - and do it with fun!

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Let us help you find your voice in our 100% LBGTQ+ choir right here in Surrey!

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• Who can Join?

Any LGBTQ+ person 18 years of age or older who wants to release their inner diva, find their voice, and have loads of fun in the process.

• Must I be able to read music?

Heavens, no! We don't really mind whether you can read music or not, as long as you just want to have fun in a non-judgemental and enjoyable environment, then this is for you! We do hand out sheet music at rehearsal, so if you can read music, great, but if not, we will teach you the voice parts.

• How much does it cost

Until the end of 2019 it costs nothing! Surrey Rainbow Choir is part of Surrey Music and all choir members pay the same annual membership fee of £65 per year which includes all sheet music. We don't normally request any additional funds during the year. We do have a hardship fund so if you are unable to afford the membership fees, please let us know and we will do our best to help

• Digital rehearsal parts

We have some amazing digital tools to help you listen to songs and your voice parts for rehearsal just about anywhere on your mobile phone or our website.  Some of our members find that this helps them gain confidence and learn songs much quicker
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• What sort of songs do we sing?

Literally anything with the exception of classical and religious music. So don't be surprised to find yourself singing some George Michael one week, followed by some Katy Perry the next, some Ed Sheeran the week after with some Tina Turner, The Supremes, ABBA and Marilyn Monroe thrown in for good measure!

• Where and when we rehearse

We rehearse every Tuesday evening in Guildford from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Upper Room of the Trinity Centre just off High Street Guildford - a quick easy walk from Guildford Station and very accessible as well.  Map Here

During rehearsal there will also be a short tea-break, not only to give our voices a little rest, but a chance to socialise, get to know each other and of course, to consume a biscuit or three!

Our Surrey Music Choir Family

Our Ethos

Membership of our Rainbow Choir is open to any LGBTQ+ person regardless of race, religion, creed, belief or musical ability.

Joining the choir will not only ignite your own life with passion through the joy of music, but you will also be helping to make a big difference in the community.

Weh have already raised more than £ 200,000 for deserving local charities through our concerts and perfomances - truly Music with a Heart!

Do I Sound Gay?
Hang on, why a LGBTQ+ choir?
The LGBTQ choral movement started small and, like all change, local. The modern LGBTQ choral movement began in Philadelphia in North America, with the birth of Anna Crusis Women’s Choir in 1975. San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus began soon after.

A similar movement gradually formed in Europe, with the foundation of, for example, the London Gay Men’s Chorus in 1991 and Paris’s Melomen in 1994.

LGBTQ people have been excluded from the mainstream throughout history, and have fought since the late 1960s for the fundamental human rights to be visible, to love, to marry, to be protected under the law. It is perhaps no surprise, then, that the inclusion and sense of community that singers of all backgrounds feel in a choral group is something especially important to LGBTQ+ singers. Choral groups, it turns out, have a unique function in the LGBTQ+ community, as a safe space and a place of deep belonging.

If you asked singers LGBTQ choruses why they sing, 70%–80% would say “because these are my friends” or “this is my chosen family.”

Now for the first time in Surrey, LGBTQ+ poeple can feel free to belong and sing out in a safe space and all the while doing it to also help our own community with the funds we raise at our concerts.

(quotes from Charles Beale as written in the Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy)

What's on

Our choirs are singing in Woking Park at Pride in Surrey on August 10th!

“Having the support of Surrey Music means the world to me and the Pride in Surrey team. Hearing that a rainbow choir is on the cards demonstrates that Cliff understands the importance of celebrating diversity and inclusion and also provides a safe space where someone can sing their heart out and be whoever they want to be.”
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“For several years I have wanted to form an LGBTQ+ choir here in Surrey, and as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, coupled with the first ever Pride in Surrey event taking place in August, I felt that there was never going to be a better time!.”
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078807 96623