London Gay Men’s Chorus

London Gay Men’s Chorus:

Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 26 May; Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Sun 27 May


One of the best moments from the now defunct TV show Will & Grace was when Jack and guest star Matt Damon tried to ‘out-camp’ each other to prove their gayness and thus win a spot in the Manhattan Gay Men’s Chorus. There is no word on whether the London Gay Men’s Chorus has a similar admittance procedure, but their latest show, Bad Boys, does play up the campness. Pop hits, film theme tunes, opera and more are interspersed with poetry, prose and dramatic readings all on the theme of rogues, reprobates and lovable rascals. (Incidentally, the show has nothing to do with the Will Smith film of the same name.)

Under the artistic direction of Julian Woolford songs by cheeky rock’n’roll rebels Freddie Mercury, Wham and the Eagles are all represented, as are Bond themes, the work of louche wit Oscar Wilde and bad girl Carmen (from the opera). The 100 or so members of the 170 strong choir who make the trip up North will also perform ‘I Just want to Dance’ from Jerry Springer: The Opera and Scots ballad ‘A Man’s a Man for A’ That’ with live accompaniment in the form of keyboards and ‘choralography’ (choreographed dance and movement). Taking their cue from the Burns number, Edinburgh’s own LGBT choir, Loud and Proud will take to the stage for three anthemic a capella numbers, all with an uplifting vibe. As Matt Damon’s character says: ‘I love to sing. I love to sing choral music. It makes me feel like I’m being gently chucked under the chin by God’. And what could be better than the fatherly affection of a possibly non-existent deity?

(Suzanne Black)

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