LONDON GAY MEN'S CHORUS TO RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE FOR VICTIMS OF ORLANDO
London Gay Men's Chorus (LGMC) release their version of Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' on Friday, 24 June 2016
Proceeds from the sale of the charity single will be split equally between the Orlando Victims Fund, organised by Equality Florida and Galop, a Londonbased charity that works to reduce LGBT hate crime in London and around the UK.
The LGMC performed the song at a vigil in Soho, London to commemorate the victims of the Orlando attack. Footage of the performance, which took place after a two minute silence, was shared online by news outlets around the world, receiving millions of views and shares.
On Friday 24 June 2016, the London Gay Men's Chorus (LGMC) will release their charity single, a cover version of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water. This digitalonly release will be available to purchase or stream on all major platforms including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer and Tidal.
Proceeds from the sale of the charity single will be split equally between the Orlando Victims Fund, organised by Equality Florida and Galop, the UK’s leading LGBT antiviolence and abuse charity.
Just hours before the attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando took place, LGMC recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water in preparation for their forthcoming album, which celebrates the chorus’s 25th anniversary (due to be released in late 2016). Following an unprecedented response to footage posted online from their performance at the Soho Vigil held to commemorate victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub attack, the LGMC decided to release the track early to raise money for victims of this brutal attack and for victims of LGBT hate crime in the UK.
Speaking about the release, LGMC Artistic Director Simon Sharp commented,
"The attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando sent shockwaves through the whole LGBT community. The LGMC responded in the only way we could: through song. We were truly overwhelmed by the public response to our performance at the Soho Vigil and want to do everything we can to raise money for the victims of the Orlando attack and for victims of LGBT hate crime in the UK. We had recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water for our forthcoming album. It's a song that has taken on new meaning for us as a chorus but we hope it sends out a message of love and support to all of our LGBT brothers and sisters and our straight allies across the world".
Chairman of the LGMC, John D. Carrion added,
"The LGMC believes passionately that music has the power to heal and to inspire, to lift souls and to unite people in times of joy and sorrow. We understand how vital it is that the LGBT community has access to safe and supportive spaces – community groups such as the LGMC, bars and clubs – as a sanctuary. A place to express yourself and your identity. A place to call home. The Orlando attack was an act of hatred directed towards the LGBT community and we want to combat this hate with a message of love, hope and solidarity.
"The response to our performance at the vigil has been incredibly overwhelming and humbling for all of our members. We would like to take the opportunity to send our thanks to all those who shared this moment with us, and sent us messages of thanks and love. It helps spur us on to continue singing – for equality, and for those who have gone too early. We hope you will consider purchasing this single to send a message of support to the victims of this horrific attack".
Arranged by Fred Broom, with orchestrations by Simon Nathan, Bridge Over Troubled Water features the Orion Orchestra with Lana Bode on piano.
Formed in 1991 by nine gay men coming together to sing at Angel Tube Station, the LGMC has grown to become Europe's largest male voice choir with over 200 singing members. The LGMC regularly performs at concert halls around London as well as conducting education workshops in schools to combat homophobia. During 2016, the London Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates its 25th year.
The LGMC’s recording of Bridge Over Troubled Water has been arranged and recorded by kind permission from Universal and distributed by Horus Music.
Notes to Editors
IMAGES can be downloaded here:
LYRIC VIDEO for the single: https://youtu.be/eJicIBDnkvE
VIDEO FOOTAGE from the Soho vigil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzNbtRPTQos
London Gay Men's Chorus www.lgmc.org.uk
In 1991, nine friends came together to sing a few Christmas carols at Angel Underground Station hoping to raise a few pounds for the Terrence Higgins Trust. London was in the midst of the AIDS crisis and the men, who belonged to a social group called London Friend sang together to find a place of support, of friendship and of brotherhood. Little did they know what they had kickstarted.
Fastforward 25 years later, and this once small band of singers now calls itself the London Gay Men's Chorus. Boasting over 200 members, the LGMC is the largest gay choir in Europe and regularly plays to sellout crowds at Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Roundhouse. Over the years, the chorus has been lucky enough to have worked with a diverse range of artists including pop stars Mark Ronson and Elton John, soprano Lesley Garrett, country legend Dolly Parton, musical theatre star Hannah Waddingham, actor Simon Callow and comedienne Sandi Toksvig. The LGMC has also appeared on Children In Need, Comic Relief, The One Show, The Graham Norton Show and Top of the Pops.
Simon Sharp, LGMC Artistic Director
Simon trained in piano under the eminent Peter O’Hagan and Cynthia Philimore, orchestral conducting with Dr Richard Strangroom and choral direction with Colin Durrant. His career has embraced many genres composition and arranging for theatre and TV, choral and orchestral conducting, musical director, accompanist and pianist. Highlights including writing and performing the score for Steven Berkoff’s 25th anniversary seminal work East; Musical Director for Jonathan Ross’ BBC chat show; and Artistic Director for the London Gay Men’s Chorus.
Orion Orchestra www.orionorchestra.org.uk
Orion has rapidly built a reputation as one of the most dynamic orchestras on the UK’s music scene. The orchestra exists to promote the best young musicians in the country, with its performances recognised for their vitality, energy and imaginative programing.
Equality Florida: http://www.eqfl.org/
FOR MEDIA AND PERFORMANCE REQUESTS, CONTACT CHRISTOPHER CALVERT, LGMC HEAD OF PRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07813 333837