The London Gay Men’s Chorus will soon be celebrating a huge milestone in their legacy.
As part of their Silver Jubilee, marking 25 years since their foundation in 1991, the LGMC will perform at a special gala concert at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 27 November.
The concert will bring the Being A Man festival, which takes place from 25 to 27 November at the Royal Festival Hall, to a close. The festival explores the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in this current age.
Chairman of the LGMC, John D. Carrion, said: “Across our 25 years, the LGMC has developed from a small operation to an internationally performing organisation with over 200 members.
“From combatting homophobia in schools through music via our Youth, Education, and Outreach programme to helping raise funds for other charities or to our work at home and abroad to promote equality, the LGMC stands as a true pillar of the international LGBT community.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate our achievements with our supporters with a special concert in such a prestigious venue. This is a landmark event that will launch the LGMC into preparation for the second 25 years.”
In addition to being the 25th anniversary of The London Gay Men’s Chorus, the performance, dubbed UGotMale?, will also act as an exploration of the subject of masculinity.
Artistic Director Simon Sharp said: “The subject of masculinity was a fantastic one to explore for a concert and, in itself, it’s a statement to have a gay men’s chorus doing a show about masculinity.
“In our song choices for the show, we aimed to explore and celebrate masculinity with thought-provoking, fun and sometimes cheeky numbers, along with a few old favourites to give an uplifting and celebratory feel.
“We hope the combination of songs will make the show enjoyable, surprising, stimulating and memorable.”
The concert features new arrangements including songs by Michael Jackson, Take That and Alice Cooper, as well as numbers from Dreamgirls, West Side Story and La Cage Aux Folles.
The festival features a three-day programme of talks, debates, performances and workshops with contributions from over 150 speakers and performers including Sir Roger Moore, Ashley Walters, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke and Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler.
Panels and workshops will cover key issues including shared parental leave, depression, video games and education.
The concert takes place Sunday 27 November at 7:30pm and tickets are available from southbankcentre.co.uk
For more information on The London Gay Men’s Chorus visit lgmc.org.uk
Words Bryan Bernal