I am a Dub at heart. I always wanted to be the Indiana Jones of musicology. Dublin is a city with a rich past.
An ad placed in Gay Community News invited singers interested in forming a choir. About 25 people came along on that first night — some who still sing with the choir — and today they have a singing membership of around The songs are chosen sometimes to surprise, sometimes to challenge, but always to entertain!
An ad was placed in GCN in September, The initial ad was a call for singers interested in forming a gay choir it wasn't any more specific than that. About 25 people were involved in the beginning and there is still this strong core group.
Now, some 23 years later, Gloria will be embarking to Munich as part of the 14th annual Various Voices festival, which will see 99 other LGBT choirs from around the globe take part. The choir will be hoping to bring the luck of the Irish with them, as they will perform several traditional Irish pieces. In addition to performing at Various Voices, members of the choir have also been in the studio with Irish rock-superstars Kodaline, working on a top-secret project.
It usually starts as a faint mouthing of words underneath the breath, rising to fully-formed sentences before steadily building to a caterwauling climax that threatens to drown out the performer. Now, those of a spotlight- usurping propensity have their chance, thanks to a gig taking place in Dublin this month. Essentially a glorified karaoke session with the help of community choirs The Line Up and The Soulful, the one-off event is a fundraiser for the Marriage Equality campaign and will be compered on the night by Panti.
Silk mix? Red, blue, pink? He is a lecturer in music education at the Church of Ireland College of Education and principal of Kildare Place Church of Ireland school, where the choir practises in Rathmines, and can certainly command a group.
I hadn't heard them live before and seeing as my date for the evening cancelled, we decided to get in the festive spirit with a few tunes. I bring a few things with me everywhere I go. Phones, camera, pen, notebook, wallet etc. The notebook keeps me occupied, noting thoughts and ideas that spring up, often much to the bemusement of those sitting near me.
T he decision to come out at work remains a highly personal one. Then, I would have to be careful not to explain fully what I did at the weekend if someone asked. I, then, slowly came out that way, and never with a big bang.
An ad placed in Gay Community News invited singers interested in forming a choir. About 25 people came along on that first night — some who still sing with the choir — and today we have a singing membership of around The songs are chosen sometimes to surprise, sometimes to challenge, but always to entertain!