The Carousel Chorus is a small, exciting new chorus of talented, young learning disabled singers who work in a focused setting, allowing them space for rapid growth in terms of musicianship and a wider range of performance opportunities.
In their first year, the Chorus undertook a variety of skills development activities including collaborating with Brighton Festival Chorus and working alongside musicians from Carousel’s House Band to perform original compositions and arrangement of existing material.
In 2018 the Chorus will undertake a combination of further skills development sessions and public performances in order to meet the members’ ambition to become more public facing.
Carousel Chorus (L-R): Ben, William, Fran, Gus, Ian, Ewan, Susannah performing at Blue Camel Club, December 2017.
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.