Published on December 13th, 2009 | by darraghdoyle1
Get into the Christmas spirit with the free Glória concerts in Dublin this week
It was one of my favourite Christmas events of last year and tomorrow I’ll be queuing outside St Anne’s Church on Dawson St for free tickets to the Glória annual Christmas Concert, on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 December.
Glória, founded in October 1995, is Ireland’s lesbian and gay choir, established “to provide a safe and comfortable space for gays and lesbians to meet and sing together and to promote a positive image of gay and lesbian life in Ireland.”
An ad placed in Gay Community News invited singers interested in forming a choir. About 25 people came along on that first night – some of whom still sing with the choir – and today the choir has a singing membership of 44.
The choir’s repertoire is wide ranging from musicals to madrigals and classical to camp. The songs are chosen sometimes to surprise, sometimes to challenge, but always to entertain.
In my experience (I’ve heard them a few times now), it’s just a really good choir that loves what they do. Even though they advertise the concert as “a community event”, it’s open to everyone and everyone is welcome to come, be entertained and to sing – or sign (the deaf audience participation last year was a highlight for me) along.
We’ll sing favourite carols, Christmas classics, and maybe you will join us for a singalong. Come along and help us celebrate Christmas in our 15th year.
Free tickets are available from St Anne’s Church from 6pm on both evenings, and the concerts are at 8pm. The tickets rapidly disappeared last year so get there early to avoid disappointment. I’ll be singing and clapping as loudly as anyone 🙂