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Legal & General support Brighton fringe festival with performance of the Legal & General workplace choir and bursary sponsorship.

13 May 2013

Legal & General workplace choir make their second public performance at the Candlelit Classics, part of the Brighton Fringe Festival on Saturday 11th May.

The choir made up of employees from Legal & General's Kingswood and Hove offices join, with choirs from East Surrey Hospital and The Children's Trust charity.

The formation of the choirs, are part of the Music and Wellbeing Scheme, which is the brainchild of Musical Director Peter Farrant, from Reigate and Redhill and Choral Society. For the last 20 years Peter has developed an extensive range of workshops and projects designed to offer businesses the opportunity to take advantage of the numerous benefits of vocal health and singing in the workplace.

The scheme forms part of the Reigate and Redhill Choral Society's Community Development Programme, which is supported by Legal & General. Since its launch the programme has touched the lives of thousands and assisted Legal & General in making a positive contribution in the local community.The formation of the choir in November 2012, has allowed Legal & General to bring together employees from across their different business divisions in a very unique way, benefiting from hours of professional tuition and gaining improved confidence, networking and self-belief.

In addition to featuring popular classics, ranging from Mozart to Westlife, participants will have the opportunity to perform alongside a live professional orchestra and top soloists, Including highly acclaimed British Soprano, Louise Alder, who is to sing alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at Buckingham Palace as part of the Royal Gala in July 2013.

Graham Precey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Legal & General said

"Legal & General are proud to support many projects and initiatives for the local communities where our employees work and live. The enthusiasm shown by over 100 employees from our Hove and Kingswood offices for the choir has been truly amazing. We want employees to be healthy and happy and the formation of the choir is just one initiative we are doing as part of our Health and Wellbeing programme, that offers them the opportunity to get involved and engaged in something they enjoy, makes them feel good and which also makes a positive contribution to their local community."

Peter Farrant, Musical Director, said

"Research and studies over many years have proven that the more music people make together the happier and healthier they are. Reigate and Redhill Choral Society, together with Legal & General are committed to making a real difference through Community engagement. Singing in the workplace can assist with reducing stress, improving breathing and posture and aiding trust, shared endeavour and retention."

Now in its fourth year Legal & General and Brighton Fringe have joined together to support new talent in Brighton and Hove and Legal & General have sponsored a number of Bursary's in the Comedy, Kids and Youth, Music and Theatre sections which include the Brighton Comedy Course Showcase, CommuniToy Pop uo Event, Signor Baffo, Voices and Viols and the Mustardseed Theatre Company.

Candlelit Classics, supported by Legal & General takes place at 9pm on Saturday 11 May at St Bartholomew’s' Church, Brighton. For tickets or information call 01273 91 72 2 or visit

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About Legal & General

The Legal & General Group, established in 1836, is one of the UK's leading financial services companies.  As at 31 December 2012, we were responsible for investing £413 billion worldwide on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders.  We also had over seven million customers in the UK for our life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans.

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Brighton Fringe
Brighton Fringe is the largest arts festival in England and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world and makes is exceptional is that it is set in an iconic city with unique cultural heritage. Its sets out to stimulate, educate and entertain a wide audience by providing a showcase for diverse art forms.

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Alyson Bowcott

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