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60 Gay and Lesbian Choirs descend on the Capital

Over the space of 4 days and 70 concerts, 60 Gay and Lesbian Choirs are coming to London, from 1st to 4th May, to perform at the Southbank Centre. It’s going to be Europe’s largest ever gay and lesbian choral festival.

That’s 2000 gay singers in town. Phew! 13 choirs are from the UK, 16 from Germany, 7 from Holland and 4 from the USA with others from Switzerland, France, Ireland, Scandinavia, Belgium, Croatia and Canada. (FYI the best choir name is the Deep C Divas from Leeds - Brilliant). We can’t wait to check out some of the costumes and dance moves too, as between them all they take on classical, folk, pop, disco and musical theatre, so there’s bound to be a bit of Razzle Dazzle in the air.

We’re also looking forward to ‘The Big Gay Sing’ (hosted by Timberlina and Lorraine Bowen) a sing-along where you get to belt out the likes of Bette, Barbra and Bassey and’ Best in Show’, an X-factor style talent contest (with celebrity judges DJ Lucio Buffone, Lea DeLaria,Chico and the ever lovely host, Amy Lamé)

There’s a smattering of more unusual events, as a complimentary side dish to the main event of gay choirs. These include Ballroom Dancing, late-night cabaret, jogging and cycling, Flash-Mob events at train stations, and a sports day to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the first out gay footballer Justin Fashanu.

Tickets have now gone on sale for Various Voices 2009 www.variousvoices.comand tickets for all events are now available via www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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