‘Drawing influences from around the globe and across the centuries, Brighton’s Vocal Explosion is an extraordinary sonic experience’
– Phil Jackson, BBC

Rehearsals take place every Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm during school term time in Brighton (£11:00/£9:00 unwaged).

We currently operate a strict health and safety policy – with well-ventilated rehearsal spaces and sessions outdoors in fair weather.

We ask for an 80 percent attendance in order to deliver between one and three performances per term.

Brighton Vocal Explosion is a smaller group and we take singers through informal auditions only. Please feel free to contact us through the website or at to arrange an audition and for more information.

We are currently looking for new singers. You do not need experience or the ability to read music (you learn from an mp3 recording downloadable from the website). You simply need a good, flexible voice that can blend with others, plus the ability to hold a tune and take direction.


 Tuesdays 6th September – 18th October 2022

‘Vocal Explosion Choir delivers masterpieces, making beauty from sounds, conveying narrative and emotion with no need for translation. This rich and powerful choir transcends language barriers.’
Sir Euton Daley, Director, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.

Vocal Explosion Brighton are a choral ensemble with a powerful, distinct sound of many colours; evocative harmonies layered over strong rhythms and shimmering soft melodies with spiritual textures.

At the heart of their repertoire are the inventive, bold and earthy compositions of founder and musical director, Juliet Russell. Drawing on chants, laments, Gypsy songs and music from around the globe, Russell deftly meshes contemporary rhythmic arrangements with age old harmonies. The result is an engrossing global mosaic of the ancient and modern.

A little taster of one of our pieces:

We often play with world class musicians such as: Dirk Campbell, who performs his enchanting world music with the duduk, fujara, kora and bagpipes; and Paul Johnson, a multi-instrumentalist and regular musician for The Globe. Performances range from guest appearances at the London A Cappella Festival, site-specific work, both urban and in the landscape, festivals throughout the UK, and our own sellout gigs.