Changeover in the board

Bernadette Manning, board member since 2013, stepped back from the board in spring this year due to health reasons. Bernadette was singer at Glória from Dublin and festival director of Various Voices 2014 Dublin. 

Thank you very much Bernadette for your great work for the european choirs. 

According to the Legato constitution the remaining board members appointed from Tapalanote/Brussels as board member for the remainder of the unexpired term (last till the AGM on 30. Sept 2017).

Welcome Julie and thank you for your readiness.

4th Komos International Choral Composition Competition


Komos
, in collaboration with AltrEdizioni Casa Editrice, announces the 4th Komos International Choral Composition Competition, the chief aim of which is to promote the creation and distribution of new choral repertoire related to LGBTQ culture. Participation is open to composers of any nationality, age, sex, or sexual orientation.

Read more: 4th Komos International Choral Composition Competition

Facebook

Dear choristers,

At the recent Legato Annual Meeting 2016 we found that communication and PR of Legato can be improved. A simple and fast way to achieve this goal is to make a better use of the possibilities that social media offer.

 

Read more: Facebook

Welcome to Legato: new member choirs in 2016 (part 2)

We warmly welcome the following new member choirs to Legato. We are now 114 choirs in 18 countries with more than 3,700 singers. We are especially excited about the membership of choirs from two eastern Europe countries as their first representatives: Poland and Czech Republic.
Click on the images to learn more of the new choirs.

Read more: Welcome to Legato: new member choirs in 2016 (part 2)

Welcome to Legato: new member choirs in 2016

We warmly welcome the following new member choirs to Legato. We are now 110 choirs in 16 countries with more than 3,600 singers.

Click on the images to learn more of the new choirs.

Read more: Welcome to Legato: new member choirs in 2016

Eastern Europe Development

Legato has, for some time, wanted to support the development of LGBT choruses in Eastern Europe and to support new choirs etc.

The Board is glad to welcome Ian Doyle who has volunteered to work closely with the Legato Board to liaise with and support developing Eastern European choirs.

Ian is a founding member of Homonics, an Irish LGBT chorus which is a member of Legato. He was Festival Director of Various Voices Dublin 2014 and has many years experience running large events, and also served on the committee and as Chairperson of Gloria, Dublin's Lesbian and Gay Choir. He has also attended many LGBT Choral festivals in Europe and in North America.

You can contact Ian by e-mail: <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

3rd Komos International Choral Composition Competition


Komos
, in collaboration with AltrEdizioni Casa Editrice, announces the 3rd Komos International Choral Composition Competition, the chief aim of which is to promote the creation and distribution of new choral repertoire related to LGBTQ culture. Participation is open to composers of any nationality, age, sex, or sexual orientation.

The Competition is dedicated to an original, unpublished composition for men’s chorus (TTBB), a cappella. The maximum duration of the work is five (5) minutes. The text must be based on gay-themed or homoerotic poetry or prose in its original language.

Texts should be in the public domain. When this is not the case, permission to set a text and publish it subsequently must be obtained in writing from the author or copyright holder and must be enclosed with the entry form.

Read more: 3rd Komos International Choral Composition Competition

Last call to join the European Queer Choir in Denver, USA Summer 2016

Dear singing friends

I hope this reaches you well. As you may know, I am the Musical Director of the European Queer Choir. We are doing a final call out for singers to join those who have signed up to go to Denver, USA for the GALA Choruses LGBT singing festival Summer, 2-6th July 2016. We are truly European with singers from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany so far.

Our rehearsal weekend is taking place on 22-24th April in central London, England.

If you would like to take part in a singing experience of a life time, please let me or Martin Brophy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know by the end of next week. Repertoire will be sent out soon so you'll have some time to learn it.

Read more: Last call to join the European Queer Choir in Denver, USA Summer 2016

Welcome to Legato: new member choirs

We warmly welcome the following new member choirs to Legato. We are now 104 choirs in 15 countries with more than 3,600 singers.

Click on the images to learn more of the new choirs.

Gala Koor

from Amsterdam, Netherlands

type: mixed
members: 30
founded: 2013
joined Legato: 2015

The Galakoor, Gay and Lesbian Amsterdam choir, is the first pink classical choir of the Netherlands, based in Amsterdam. It is a classical choir for gay men and women and their lovers. The repertoire consists of classical music from Bach. This choir will provide music making level and place for fun and friendship. In many large Western cities are already classic pink choirs, but not yet in the Netherlands. That is about to change.


Checcoro

from Milano, Italy

type: mixed
members: 40
founded: 2010
joined Legato: 2015

Hello, we are Checcoro, the first LGBT choir of Milan: a choir made up of people of all sexual orientations who care about the affirmation of human and civil rights for all people, without discrimination of sex and/or sexual orientation and recognition of the family as a social institution formed by two adults and based on mutual love.

Our aim is to sensitize people through group singing a cappella, primary expression of harmony and community of feelings, of proposing to the other without intermediaries he 'aids, through the sole use of the voice.

We sing whenever there is need to reaffirm and defend the rights of LGBT people, which are human rights, and therefore of all. We sing on stage, in public, on the street, but also to private parties and weddings. And if you have an opportunity to offer us, please contact us!


Choral Con Fusion

from Cork, Ireland

type: mixed
members: 42
founded: 2010
joined Legato: 2016

Choral Con Fusion is an informal, inclusive choir that has come from very humble beginnings from an idea over a cup of coffee. In under two years, we have grown into a four-part, mixed-voice group of friends, who enjoy the social gathering as much as the music. We have sung in a variety of contexts, from the Rebel Awards to memorial and carol services, and have a range of repertoire from Classical to pop music.


The Homonics

from Dublin, Ireland

type: men
members: 3
founded: 2015
joined Legato: 2016

 

 

 


 

Mallorca LGBT Chorus Festival 2016

After the successfull premiere the Mallorca Gay Men's Chorus is happy to invite to a second edition of the Mallorca LGBT Chorus Festival in 2016.

     May 4-8th, 2016

Please find more information in this pdf file: 

and on the festival website http://www.mgchf.com

25.01.2016: Please notice the new version of the pdf file: there are now cheaper prizes because of new sponsors!

 

 

European Queer Choir to sing at the GALA festival in July 2016

If you think about to participate the GALA Festival 2016 in Denver as a single delegate there is a quite good chance for you. Please read the following invitation of Martin Brophy from London:

Dear Friends,

We are working ​here in London ​to put together a Choir, the European Queer Choir to sing at the GALA festival in July 2016.​ ​http://www.galachoruses.org/events/gala-festival

Read more: European Queer Choir to sing at the GALA festival in July 2016

Composition Competition

The Fourth Choir (London LGBT Choir) is announcing a choral composition competition to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, which will fall on 23 April 2016. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £1000 and the winning composition will be premièred by the Fourth Choir at a Memorial Concert on 23 April 2016 in London’s historic Middle Temple Hall.

The 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be marked by major celebrations but the Fourth Choir wants to ensure that we are also celebrating his sexuality. Very few people know that Shakespeare wrote 126 sonnets describing his love for a beautiful young man. We want to change that!

All information on how to enter can be found at the following site:

http://www.shakespearelovesong.com/

UPDATE - The winners have been selected by "The Fourth Choir"

Read more: Composition Competition

Review from the First Mallorca Festival 2015

The First Mallorca Gay Chorus Festival was held 7.-9. May 2015 and is was a great success. Please read the short review and pictures of Joan Laínez, the musical director of the hosting choir Mallorca Gay Men's Chorus:

Hi Friends;

First of all, we want to thank all the attention and good responses that we received from you along the festival, we are very pleased that you wanted to be part of it.

Read more: Review from the First Mallorca Festival 2015

Voting for "Zauberflöten"

Here is a call for support by the Cologne choir "Zauberflöten":

Dear friends and members of the LEGATO-choruses,

we are Zauberflöten, one of the gay-men choruses from Cologne (Germany) and we are kindly asking for your support in a competition: A few weeks ago we applied as one of more than 300 choruses from the german state of Northrhine-Westfalia to become „the most popular chorus in our state“.

Read more: Voting for "Zauberflöten"

"We Love The Same" - A Song for Irelands Equal Marriage Campaign

Ireland's only lesbian gay bisexual transgender straight' choir CHORAL CON FUSION from Cork has released its first single in support of a yes vote in Irelands same-sex marriage referendum an May 22th 2015.

The idea for We Love The Same – A Song For Equality "came up over pints after rehearsals last October" choir member and the composer of the song Karl Fradgley said.

Read more: "We Love The Same" - A Song for Irelands Equal Marriage Campaign

77 (Love is Love) 2015 - charity project with the help of "Rosa Note"

Homosexuality is punishable in over 70 countries – in 7 countries by death.

77 reasons for fight for the human rights of homo- and transsexuals. Love is love – everywhere.

 

Read more: 77 (Love is Love) 2015 - charity project with the help of "Rosa Note"

Mallorca Gay Chorus Festival

Be a part of Spain's first Gay Choir Festival on May 7-10, 2015

We are very happy about the developments in southern Europe. Not only Italy is preparing his first Cromatica festival (see our last newsletter) but also Spain is running one in short time. 

We got now new information from the organisers of the Mallorca Gay Men's Chorus about their festival.

Read more: Mallorca Gay Chorus Festival

Last New Members

We are proud to announce that we welcome warmly the following new members. We have a large network of now 101 choirs from 15 countries with more than 3,600 singers.

Read more: Last New Members

To Russia with love

Le Zbor published a music video expressing solidarity with the LGBT citizens of Russia

On the occasion of the opening of Olympic games in Sochi, Le Zbor, Croatian lesbian and feminist choir (the first lesbian and feminist choir in southeastern Europe), published a video for the song Katjusha, expressing its solidarity with the LGBT citizens of Russia and worldwide.


 

And for our german speaking friends:

here is article about their work in the "Berliner Zeitung/Newspaper":


 

Review Legato Meeting 2013 and Various Voices 2018 Call for bids

Dear friends,
six weeks ago the annual Legato meeting was held in London and for the first time it was combined with a great come together with our friends of the board of Gala (north american choral association). The London Gay Men's Chorus was host of the meeting and organized together with Fruitvox (the team of the former Various Voices London) an inspiring workshop "Beyond the rainbow" for the Legato and Gala delegates prior of the Legato meeting. You can find a summarisation here.
The main items of the Legato meeting was the presentation about the developments of the Various Voices Festival 2014 in Dublin, the road map for the Festival 2018 and the election of the board. Mary Fyfe was stepping down from the Board. Many thanks for her service since 2007. Martin Gerrits and Dominik Jakob were reelected and Bernadette Manning of Glória, Dublin completed the new board. Please find attached and on our website the minutes of the Legato meeting. Many thanks to the London Gay Men's Chorus for the wonderful organisation of this weekend and also for their great concert on Saturday night. The next Legato meeting will be during the Various Voices Festival 2014 in Dublin.

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We are delighted and proud about a special honour: on June 15th the head of the Various Voices London Team and former volunteer Chairman of The London Gay Men’s Chorus, Martin Brophy has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of his work promoting and bringing together lesbian and gay choirs and singers from across the world. Congratulations and thanks from us all.

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The new board worked the last weeks on the road map of the Various Voices Festival 2018. The Legato Board hereby invites all European member choirs and ensembles to apply to be the host of the 14th Various Voices Festival in 2018. Please find attached and on our website the detailed "Call for bids". If your choir is interested to be the host send us your draft bid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. till November 30th, 2013. At the next Legato Meeting 2014 in Dublin will be the final vote.

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Last but not least we want to call attention of ournew website and also the Legato Facebook: please like us and stay in touch.

All the best for you summer concerts and events from

Dominik J. Jakob, Bernadette Manning and Martin Gerrits

New members

We proudly welcome in May 2013 two new members to Legato:

Legato consists now of 72 choirs from 13 countries with more than 2,500 singers.


 

Newsletter January 2013

Komos Choral Composition Competition

Komos, the Bologna Gay Men's Choir, in collaboration with AltrEdizioni Casa Editrice, announces the first Komos International Choral Composition Competition, the chief aim of which is to promote the creation and distribution of new choral repertoire related to LGBTQ culture.

Participation is open to composers of any nationality, age, sex, or sexual orientation.

Read more: Newsletter January 2013

Newsletter December 2012

General Meeting 2013

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, May 25, 2013
in London/UK


 

Newsletter January 2012

General Meeting 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012
at 14.00 o'clock
in Cologne/Germany
at Bürgerhaus Köln-Kalk
Address: Kalk-Mülheimer Straße 58, Cologne-Kalk

Here is the invitation including further information (PDF 1.3 MB).

Please register online here till March 21.


 

Newsletter December 2011

We are very happy to announce in December 2011 our new members:

Legato meeting 2011 in Dublin

in June this year, the delegates at the meeting in Dublin were informed about the preparations for the next Various Voices Festival 2014. We were excited about the opportunities presented by the organising Dublin team at the university campus for the choral event. In addition, Mary Fyfe, Dominik Jakob and Martin Gerrits were confirmed as board-members for another two years.

Read more: Newsletter December 2011

Newsletter May 2011

Legato General Meeting 2011

The annual meeting 2011 was held in june in Dublin and the team of the Various Voices festival 2014 informed the delegates about the current plannings.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Edie Wynne welcomed the delegates in the Mansion House.

picture from Denver Breslin Photography

Newsletter March 2011

General Meeting 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011
in Dublin/Ireland
at Dublin City University

Here is the invitation.

Please register online here till May 31.

The Legato board was charged from the last meeting to investigate the process of selecting the venue of Various Voices. So we kindly ask you to fill out the following questionnaire till may 25.

Newsletter October 2010

New Members

We are very happy to announce in october 2010 our new members:

Newsletter December 26, 2009

Dear friends in Europe,

this is the newsletter of LEGATO for our choir members:

(1) NEW MEMBERS

We are very happy to announce our new members:

Unfortunately the "Berliner Heartchor" from Germany broke up and closed its membership this year.

(2) DONATION

The team from Various Voices Berlin 2001 fixed their accounts an made an extraordinary donation to LEGATO about 10.000,00 Euros. Legato signed an agreement to use the donation only for supporting the organisers of further european Various Voices Festivals. The money is given form Legato as a flat loan to the organisers in an early state but has to pay back in the time when the first participant fees are collected. We appreciate the "Team Berlin" for this great help.

(3) VARIOUS VOICES 2013

Unfortunately till now there is no application for hosting the next festival. Team London is happy to help with any information and knowledge support.

(4) CHOIR FESTIVAL of the Gay Games 2010 in Cologne

The organisers of the Gay Games Choir Festival asked us to send out some information (Link deleted)

 

The Legato board wishes everybody a peacefull and merry christmas and a happy new year

Mary Fyfe - Dominik Jakob - Martin Gerrits