About Us

The choir numbers around 80-100 members. Each year several concerts of high quality, with professional soloists and orchestra, are put on. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings 7.30 – 9.30 pm, usually in the main hall of Varndean School, off Balfour Road, Brighton. We welcome new members who look forward to learning and perfecting the performance of the music chosen for each concert.

The Brighton Orpheus Choir was founded in 1944. Stella Hull has been Musical Director of the choir since 1999. For 51 years Patricia Harding directed the Choir, and we have just bid farewell to Muriel Hart after 71 years as our accompanist. The choir committee has been chaired by Robert Eastwood since 2016.

The Brighton Orpheus Choir is a member of Making Music.

President: Professor Gavin Henderson CBE

Gavin Henderson grew up in Brighton and was educated at Brighton College.

From 1985 to 2010 he was Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School. 1983 – 1994 he was the Artistic Director of Brighton Festival. From 1994 – 2005 he was Principle of Trinity College of Music.

He has also been Chairman of the National Foundation of Youth Music, Chairman of the Arts Council of England’s Music Panel, Vice President of the British Arts Festivals Association, Governor of Chethams’ School, and Chair of Arts Worldwide/World Circuit Arts. He is currently Honourary President of the National Piers Society. He is a noted trumpeter and well known for his vibrant and innovative approach to the arts.

Vice-Presidents:  Dr Michael Barley, Valerie Bolton

Choir Officers:

Linda Newson-Ray – Chair
Richard Jayawant – Secretary
Elizabeth Hughes – Treasurer