London Gay Men's Chorus
In 1991, nine friends came together to sing a few Christmas carols at Angel Underground Station hoping to raise a few pounds for the Terrence Higgins Trust. London was in the midst of the AIDS crisis and the men, who belonged to a social group called London Friend sang together to find a place of support, of friendship and of brotherhood. Little did they know what they had kickstarted.
Fast-forward 25 years, and this once small band of singers now calls itself the London Gay Men’s Chorus. Boasting over 200 members, the LGMC is the largest gay choir in Europe and regularly plays to sell-out crowds at Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Roundhouse.
Over the years, the chorus has been lucky enough to have worked with a diverse range of artists including pop stars Mark Ronson and Elton John, soprano Lesley Garrett, country legend Dolly Parton, musical theatre star Hannah Waddingham, actor Simon Callow and comedienne Sandi Toksvig. The LGMC has also appeared on Children In Need, Comic Relief, The One Show, The Graham Norton Show and Top of the Pops.
One of the many wonderful things about being part of the LGMC family is that it is made up of all ages, all backgrounds, all shapes and sizes and lots of different ethnicities which makes all of our lives richer.
Music and Performing
I've always loved to sing, perform and act and trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (now part of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama).
I still perform, mainly through singing these days (as an upper tenor), either with the LGMC, the LGMC Ensemble or with The Goblets, a new all-male a capella group.
Singing with Europe’s largest male choir, the LGMC, has given me the opportunity to campaign for LGBTIQ+ equality and rights in the UK and in various countries across Europe. I sang outside the House of Lords when the Equal Marriage Bill was going through Parliament (and at many same-sex weddings ever since), performed at No. 10 Downing Street as part of a campaign against Homophobia in Sport as well as performing at the 5th Prague Pride.
As Madonna said, "music makes the people come together" and she was right. Singing and music bring people together and can reach people on various emotional levels – a brilliant way of inspiring people and getting a message across particularly when singing to people who may never have met a gay person before and helping to change their minds and opinions. It can be so much more powerful than getting into a heated debate.
The Goblets is a new all-male a capella group set up by a group of close friends who share a joy of singing and performing and who have sung together for a number of years.
Watch this space for more info or go to our Facebook page for more info and to keep up to date!
Here is a video of part of our first performance at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern as part of the Bar Woteva in July 2017. In the middle the DJ accidentally played the start of All That Jazz but we carried on like troopers! Well, we think it was an accident anyway...