13th July 2012
For immediate release.
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus has found itself at the heart of an international online choral project called OutPostChoir. The project, launched in Australia by Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir, aims to create the world’s largest queer virtual choir which on World Aids Day 1st December 2012 will sing out for equality around the world.
The Chorus took centre stage in the project after the song “You Make Me Proud”, which was composed by founder Chorus member turned professional record producer Howard Alexander, beat a tough field of entries from across the globe to be selected as the main anthem for OutPostChoir.
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus was then further honoured after it was agreed they would perform the UK premiere of You Make Me Proud at their upcoming show entitled “Seven Year Itch: No Rash Decisions” on August 3rd and 4th at 8pm in St George’s Church, Kemptown.
SGLC musical director, Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, said that You Make Me Proud would send a positive message about celebrating diversity and speaking out against discrimination towards LGBTQI people. She added, “Out of all the terrific entries, Howard Alexander’s composition best represented the heart of our OutPostChoir project from the uplifting message contained within its lyrics to the very emotionally stirring melody which we believe people around the world will want to join us in singing”.
Howard also commented on what inspired him to write the song “I think sometimes it’s easy to forget day-to-day what other people are going through, particularly in other countries or situations from our own. And that although things might have become easier for some of us, they haven’t necessarily become so for other people. The song really serves as a reminder that we are all there for each other and that no-one should feel afraid or alone in the challenges they face.”
People around the world will now have the chance to learn the song online, record their part via webcam then submit the video to the OutPostChoir website www.outpostchoir.com. All the submitted recordings will then be mixed into the ‘virtual choir’ performance to be exhibited online on World Aids Day 2012 so people from all walks of life, all around the globe, will be singing as one against homophobia.
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus is currently in the process of producing a professional recording of You Make Me Proud, which is expected to be released on iTunes in good time for World Aids Day 2012.
If you wish to hear Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus perform the UK premiere of You Make Me Proud at their summer show entitled Seven Year Itch: No Rash Decision, then tickets can be purchased online from their website www.brightongmc.org, or in person from the Prowler shop on St James St.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
About Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus was first established in 2005 and is now a registered charity no. 1137437.
The Chorus has around 65 members and works by its three principals of Singing, Socialising and Support. The Chorus stages at least three main shows a year; during the Fringe Festival, Brighton Pride and at Christmas. Their Pride 2012 concert is scheduled to take place on 3rd and 4th August and the “Pull A Cracker” Christmas show on 15 December 2012
The Chorus also supports a number of local charity and community events throughout the year.
Latest news, press releases and images are available in the “Press Office” section of the Chorus website www.brightongmc.org
If you wish to know more about OutPostChoir then please visit their website www.outpostchoir.com