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.
This month at London’s Troxy the 200-strong voices of the London Gay Men’s Chorus collaborate with a studio symphony orchestra in a programme that captures the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown.
With a variety of music showcasing Hollywood in all its grandeur, you can expect to hear a wonderful range of classics from the silver screen. Sunset Boulevard, Moulin Rouge and The Sound Of Music are among the movies that feature in this Kaleidoscope of fabulous new arrangements. Dancers, special guests and fantastic choreography combine to create a winter’s treat not to be missed! The show will be conducted by Artistic Director Simon Sharp in the stunning Art Deco setting of the Troxy. Join them on the red carpet for what promises to be a great start to your festive season!
The Troxy in brief
Maurice Cheepen was the man who created ‘Stepney’s Luxurious Troxy’, one of the most affectionately remembered cinemas in London. A Jewish immigrant from Nazi Germany, Cheepen made sure to show from the outset that the venue was a cut above the rest.
Maurice was a flamboyant manager who staged publicity stunts to promote new films. These included a horse-drawn pumpkin coach to advertise Cinderella, a man dressed as a vampire to walk around the East End handing out leaflets that promoted Dracula. Cheepen was a born showman, and got up to many tricks to publicise his shows – machines issuing fake dollar bills, ‘red indians’ on horseback, and horse drawn pumpkin coaches were all part of his stock-in-trade.