First Published: May 2004
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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 world.

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

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