Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir farewell concert focuses on themes of home
About to jet off to compete in Europe, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir deliver a farewell concert that explores the notion of home.
This July the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir (SGL Choir) will hop a plane to Riga in Latvia to compete in the World Choir Games. The prestigious event sees choral groups from all over the globe competing for top honours, and if the choir’s recent results at the Sydney Eisteddfod are anything to go by, it’s possible they could be coming back with some awards.
Before they pack their bags and fly off into the wide blue yonder, the choir will present a special one-off concert, Home: Voices Without Borders at the Paddington Town Hall. The concert will reflect on what home means to LGBTI people around the globe.
The 50-strong group will put several classic tunes through their paces as they explore the theme. Given that the song has become something of an anthem to LGBTI people the world over, it seems only fitting that the Judy Garland track, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ should be included in their repertoire. Especially given the concert shares its date with the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (which as any Judy fan will tell you, happened the day after Garland’s funeral).
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir’s Music Director, Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith said, “Just as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz clicked her red heels and said ‘There’s no place like home’, we know that home can be found from within and amongst those who love you for who you are.”
Penicka-Smith said as the choir prepares for their overseas trip they have been reminded of the plight of the many LGBTI people who are persecuted simply for being who they are.
“We have been reminded that many LGBTQI people around the world do not feel at home in their own country or even their own family. Finding that comfort can be a difficult but ultimately rewarding journey.”
Penicka Smith said she hopes by competing as a mixed gay choir they will further the visibility and acceptance of LGBTI people.
“As far as we know, we are the only mixed queer choir competing in the World Choir Games and we hope that our music and visibility will cross a few borders and make people feel at home in more ways than one.”
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir perform Home: Voices Without Borders at the Paddington Town Hall on June 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets $40/30 www.trybooking.com/EWUJ
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