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By Robert Ingham

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South Wales Gay Men's Chorus are to celebrate their milestone Anniversary with a Gala Concert.

The South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus will celebrate their fifth birthday with a special concert looking back over their first five years, held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Saturday 5 October 2013.

Established in 2008 by Musical Director Andy Bulleyment, this amateur chorus has gone from strength to strength, starting with a handful of keen singers and now boasting a membership that is 50 strong.

As well as becoming a key player in Cardiff’s busy gay community, the Chorus have also performed in prestigious venues such as London’s Cadogan Hall, St David’s Hall in Cardiff, and the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

In May 2013 they competed in their first competition, after being invited to take part in the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival.

Speaking about setting up the Chorus, Andy Bulleyment said: “I started this group purely to give myself a hobby, but it has become far more than that. Five years on the Chorus is very proud to be part of a strong Welsh heritage and proud of its role in the local community. At the heart of what we do is a passion for music, for expression, for fun and for connecting with our friends Their concert in October will feature hits from their first five years of music-making, including The Rhythm of Life from the hit musical Sweet Charity; the Welsh hymn Gwahoddiad; and a beautifully haunting arrangement of The Beatles’ Yesterday.

SWGMC's Chairman, Nick McNeill said: "The Chorus is notable in its expansive choice of repertoire from traditional to modern pop. Whilst very serious about the music we make, the Chorus is not afraid to show its lighter side and inject a bit of humour into proceedings, and our audiences have come to expect this.

"Our repertoire is ever expanding and we are not afraid to challenge ourselves with new music, which will be evidenced this year when we premiere a piece specially arranged for the choir by one of our Patrons, internationally renowned composer Glen Roven, which is based on a Dylan Thomas poem"

After inviting SWGMC to perform at London’s Cadogan Hall in January 2012, the Chorus will also welcome the Pink Singers, Europe’s longest-established LGBT choir, to perform in October’s gala concert.

They will be joined by the Forget-me-Not Chorus, a Cardiff based charity that supports people with dementia and their carers through weekly singing and creative workshops. SWGMC have nominated the Forget-me-Not Chorus as their sponsored charity for 2013, and this gala concert will raise money for their charitable aims.

The Chorus’s fifth anniversary gala concert will be held on Saturday 5 October, 7pm, at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Tickets are priced at £9, and are available by calling 02920 391391 or visiting


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