The London Gay Menís Chorus, the UKís largest and best known gay choir, are
to perform their first ever concert in Birmingham at the end of May, as part of the
celebrations for Birmingham Pride 2004.
Martin Brophy, LGMC Chairman, says the choir are
excited about making their Birmingham debut: ďHaving performed all around the world, our debut in Birmingham is long
overdue! As a city with a vibrant lesbian and gay community, Birmingham is
an important and exciting place for us to perform in.
"We are especially
pleased to be premiering our new 2004 show, Eclecsis in Birmingham, and
hope that we will add a new artistic and cultural dimension to the
celebrations around Birmingham Pride.Ē
The show features a host of musical styles, from Verdi to Tavener by way of Aretha
Franklin. One of the highlights of the concert will be the UK premiere of Jan
Sandstromís The Singing Apes of Khao Yi which uses rhythmic and melodic
patterns to reflect the composers experience of hearing the song of the male
gibbon in the jungles of Thailand. The 1991 piece has never been performed
in the UK before, despite winning huge critical and audience acclaim around
The London Gay Menís Chorus has been performing across the UK and around the
world since 1992, and in that time has grown from 6 to 130 singers, with
awards, 3 CDs and rave reviews to their credit. They have sung in The Royal
Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House and many West End theatres, and have
performed with Elton John, The Pet Shop Boys and Cleo Laine among others.
For Eclecsis, The London Gay Menís Chorus are proud to be presenting a
guest choir, Birminghamís own Rainbow Voices. Started in 1995 and now with
over 30 members, it is one of the best established gay choirs in the UK. The
choir has an eclectic repertoire, and performs at many charity events for the
gay and lesbian community.
The concert is in the Adrian Boult Hall at The Birmingham Conservatoire in Paradise Place
on Saturday 29 May at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) available
from the box office on 0121 236 5622. You can get more information about
the LGMC at www.lgmc.org.uk
We've also got a pair of ticket to be won for the concert, so if you can go to
the Birmingham show on the 29th May, get your entry in now.
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