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The London Gay Men’s Chorus will follow in the footsteps of great performers by appearing in their own show “Seven Deadly Sins” at the Roundhouse, the legendary cultural venue in Camden on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June. This is the Chorus’s most inventive and challenging repertoire to date.
The show takes the audience on a musical carousel ride by exploring the beguiling context of the Seven Deadly Sins such as Gluttony through Verdi’s drinking song from La Traviata, Wrath through “Dies Irae” from his requiem together with Erasure’s “Love to hate you”. Lust is portrayed in Britney Spears’s “Hit me baby one more time” and Peggy Lee’s “Fever” and Pride through a subverted interpretation of Jerry Herman’s “I am what I am” from La Cage aux Folles. Other works by artists and composers as diverse as Irving Berlin, Jacques Brel, Judy Garland, Kander and Ebb, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Pet Shop Boys and Soft Cell are used to depict Envy, Greed and Sloth.
Straight fathers join Chorus
The show will also include a unique project involving DNA Mix (a group of young fathers aged 16 – 25 who come together to rap) and a small group from the London Gay Men’s Chorus who will be working together to create a version of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”, fusing pop and rap. The fathers and members of the Chorus will be tutored by Rodney P, “the Godfather of British rap” and Simon Sharp from LGMC.
Artistic Director Stuart Burrows said "The combination of the London Gay Men’s Chorus and The Roundhouse is an exciting one for everyone involved in this concert. We feel that The Seven Deadly Sins is an evocative and universal concept that will lend itself brilliantly to both chorus and venue in musical and artistic terms.”
In aid of charity
The show will also be raising funds for the Albert Kennedy Trust which is a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people.
The London Gay Men’s Chorus is now, with around 190 singing members, Europe’s largest and best known gay choir. It has performed around the UK at numerous venues including the London Palladium, the Dome, the Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Southbank Centre and toured overseas in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United States.
The Chorus will add Poland to its overseas list when it performs “Seven Deadly Sins” in Warsaw as part of Europride 2010 in July.
The majority of seating is in tables of six. Prices are £35, £25, £15, £10.
These are the best tables in the house, they're themed and being sold at £360 per table (6 seats) only through the chorus. They include a complimentary programme, hospitality, interval drink and use of the VIP bar.
Roundhouse Box Office Tel: 0844 482 8008
Or online: www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/productions/london-gay-mens-chorus-4788
For more information go to: www.lgmc.org.uk
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