The Chorus is a group of five learning disabled singers. Since their formation in April 2017, Carousel has offered specialised support in order to meet their ambitions.
Over the last 18 months, the Chorus has met regularly to hone their technical singing, songwriting and performance skills. They have built a repertoire of original material, which the group has recorded and performed at public events. Chorus members have also visited performances by other established singing groups in the cit
Having established their identity as an ensemble, the Chorus now want to take focus on raising their profile in Brighton and Hove.
Between 2011 and 2017, Carousel supported a larger 30-member singing group called the Carousel Singers. The group was formed to work with composer and musical director James Redwood to create the lyrics and music for Gold Run, a new show created in partnership with Glyndebourne and Pallant House Gallery as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The show was inspired by the history of the inclusion of learning disabled athletes in the Paralympic games.
Gold Run was premiered on the Main Stage at Glyndebourne Opera House in front of 800 people, before being performed at Chichester Festival Theatre and Brighton Dome Corn Exchange.
Following the success of Gold Run the Carousel Singers continued to meet regularly and worked with a variety of music leaders including Ralph Brown, Paul Gunter and members of the Jam Tarts Community Choir.
What a truly fantastic premiere of Gold Run yesterday! The show was brilliant, a great mix of music, movement and video production and lots of humour. Congratulations to the whole cast and team at Carousel in creating this truly unique piece.Peter Chivers
Listen to the Carousel Singers most recent work:
Creepy Sneaky: Written, directed and performed by: Carousel Singers
Filmed and edited by: Esther Springett.