Hackney Empire plays host to London’s biggest LGBT choir this summer (19 July). The Pink Singers are one of the city’s finest collections of remarkable voices and they’ll be celebrating the best of British music with a show entitled Notes from a Small Island. The night will include songs by the likes of Annie Lennox, Elton John, Britten & Elgar, and Pulp (which we’re most excited about, unless it’s Disco 2000, because that’s rubbish).
The Pink Singers first came together in 1983 for a Gay Pride march in London and they’ve been singing as a group ever since. They are a mixed four-part choir of over 80 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people from a diverse range of backgrounds and they enjoy hurling themselves recklessly into everything from pop to classical, jazz to folk, and of course show tunes. Though based in London they also sing with other choirs around the UK and the world, taking their message of equality and diversity all around the globe.
The Pink Singers performed at A Night at the Movies in Cadogan Hall in January, and here’s a video of their stab at All By Myself, which we’re sure was in some brutally famous movie though hours of painful research unearths only Shrek 2.
Though that may be their most polished video, we’d also recommend you check out I, Choir, a wonderfully funny piece of music based around the technicalities of being part of a choir. In both videos the audience’s reaction tell you all you need to know about how much fun a Pink Singers show can be.
The Pink Singers will be joined for the evening by special guests Citi Choir (a choir from Citibank, no less), and the South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus. Tickets are available now and it’s impossible to believe it’ll be anything other than a fabulously entertaining night.
The Pink Singers play Hackney Empire on 19 July, and tickets are available from the venue website.