Rainbow Voices is a combined group of individuals who are united by their love of song.  Established in 1995, we are the leading Midlands based Community Choir for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people and their friends.  We are a diverse and mixed voice choir who provide a safe environment for friends to meet and sing together.

We have approximately 40 singing members and are split into a range of 4 different voices; Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass.  The choir has a broad repertoire and we sing a wide variety of music.  We cover songs from the rock, pop, classical, folk and musical theatre genres.  Here is a selection of some songs we have performed over the years and some that we are learning in 2019:-

  • Budapest - George Ezra
  • What about us - Pink
  • We are Family - Sister Sledge
  • 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert - A medley consisting of 10 of his best songs
  • Les Miserables - A medley of 7 amazing songs
  • In my Father’s House - Gospel song by the Blackwood Brothers
  • Gloria - Vivaldi
  • Choral Selections from Schindlers List - John Williams

We are headed up by our double award winning Musical Director, Emma Wilkinson-Clark.  Emma has been in choir for a number years and after completing Sing for Pleasure Conducting Training, she became our MD in 2010.  Emma started her musical career playing the trumpet, keyboard and singing.  After obtaining a Degree in Music, Emma went on to do specialist training in Music Education.  She has 20 years’ experience within Mainstream and Special Education across Primary and Secondary Settings.  She is a former Music Teacher and an experienced Head of Music.

Emma has also enjoyed singing in a variety of Ensembles, as well as leading events.  More recently and as part of her work for Services for Education, Emma was asked to lead and conduct performances at Birmingham Symphony Hall as Musical Director of the West Midlands Dementia Choir.  Somehow, Emma also finds time to lead a small community choir based in Castle Vale called ‘Generations’.

We consider ourselves lucky that Emma gives us direction and with her trained ear, has helped us to improve our sound and quality over the last few years.

Another talented member of Rainbow Voices is Samuel Lewis, our Accompanist.  Sam started playing the piano when he was just 6 years old.  He graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters Degree in Music (specialising in composition).

Sam composed the music for our own song “Diversity & Harmony” that was written and produced, alongside Heather Wastie who created the lyrics for us.  The song simply sums up our own feelings about choir! 

Sam now works in Birmingham as a freelance pianist, composer and a piano teacher.  In his spare time he also enjoys playing the guitar.

We were lucky enough to perform live on stage with 60’s icon Lulu, as part of her European Tour.  We were also part of the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony - the official handover event from Australia to England which was televised to billions worldwide.

So that’s a little bit about us! 

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