BrightSoul are a soul & inspirational choir based in Brighton & Hove. We welcome adults of all ages, no audition necessary. This term we work towards our performance in April and a summer of community fun and frolicks!
The most uplifting, fun evening I’ve had all year!
What time will the doors open? Doors will be open from 7pm.
Is your concert at St. Luke’s Church in Queen’s park?NO IT IS NOT! It’s ST. LUKE’S PRESTONVILLE.
Where is the nearest train station to St. Luke’s Prestonville? Nearest train station is Brighton, just half a mile away from St. Luke’s so you could walk or get the bus. Bus no. 27 leaves from stop E and goes to BHASVIC which is a short 2min walk from St. Luke’s Church.
This event started as dream in the corner of a sandwich shop, when my friend Anthony Dickinson and I talked about a vision of getting more community choirs to sing together. It was a dream that I really wanted someone else to transform into reality.
But with slow quiet encouragement from Anthony and community members, I got the bit between my teeth and decided to make this thing happen! The dream: a glorious day of soul & gospel singing, bringing 3 choir communities together in 1 masterclass, followed by a grand concert showcasing our work.
In 2017 we organized
our first event led by the very best; a lady just about to tip over into international
fame through the Kingdom Choir. Ms Karen Gibson. She didn’t disappoint, leading
us with fierce expectations, pulling out the very best in us, working on the
spot during our performance and making us perform better and better as the
It was an historic evening – the magic in the air at this first event was palpable. It was the week of the Grenfell Tower fire and somehow it felt like we needed to draw communities together to grieve and to share. It was historic & wonderful.
Mark De-Lisser, fresh from singing at the royal wedding, brought a completely
different vibe – charming, gentle, knowledgeable, but still working to exacting
standards and bringing out the very best in us. There were calls for ‘more Mark
please’ from everyone and we were lucky enough to have a repeat experience with
him in 2019 – helping us learn more and create a magical atmosphere. One
audience member summed up the event perfectly:
“I’ve rarely seen such a committed
performance in which everyone was so clearly enjoying the moment.
It was really great to witness
different voices from different backgrounds harmonising, and to see the
performers so clearly connecting with the audience to create an uplifting
artistic experience for all concerned.
The magic of gospel singing was
tangible, and it was fitting that the origins of the genre were acknowledged
I can honestly say that it was easily
one of the best concerts I have ever seen. I think the broader impact of what
you do is probably bigger than any one of you can know.”
In our hearts we knew Mark wouldn’t return, despite his clear love of this event. He was too much in demand and has since been on numerous Television programmes including “Got Covered – Children in Need” & “Songs of Praises Gospel Choir of the Year”.
When you start an event
with 2 powerhouse directors at the pinnacle of their careers, it is hard to
imagine who would replace them! Who could possibly follow in such huge
footsteps? We have been searching high and low for the right person to continue
our 3 Choirs journey. So, it is my great pleasure to announce that Audrey
Mattis will join us on 20 June 2020.
Audrey studied at
Birmingham Conservatoire graduating in 1997 before moving to Manchester with
She joined the Popular Music Department at Royal Northern College of Music
(a leading international conservatoire) in 2015 and has worked in leading roles
with Manchester Camerata, The Barbican & British Gospel Arts, as well as
leading mass choirs in the UK and across Europe. She also leads her own choir
Audrey Mattis Chorale Gospel Choir and has toured with Labi Siffre, Errol
Brown, Hacienda Classical, Leona Lewis, Take That, Lewis Capaldi.
Audrey brings yet another layer of expertise, knowledge to 3 Choirs along
with her powerhouse vocals & strong character, she will be an absolute
asset to our event and we really cannot wait to get to work with her.
3 Choirs will be on 20 June 2020 at St Mary’s Church, 61 St James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1PR. We will hold a masterclass in the afternoon followed by concert in the evening. We will be inviting 3 Community choirs to join, who will be announced in the New Year. Tickets: 3 Choirs