Concert in aid of Aware and Gay Switchboard Ireland

Glória, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir, present “Songs in the Key of Life” in aid of Aware and Gay Switchboard Ireland,

Saturday 5th April, City Hall Dublin

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26 March 2014: Glória, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir spring concert entitled “Songs in the Key of Life” will take place in Dublin City Hall on Saturday 5th April at 7.30pm. The concert will highlight the positive effect music can have on our mental health and will also celebrate the lives of departed members. “Our choir’s repertoire is wide ranging ,” said Barry Dowling, chairperson of Gloria Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir.   “We’ll have pieces that range from musicals to madrigals and from classical to camp”.  “Our hope is to take you on a musical journey from the lofty heights of Rachmaninov to belting out chart toping torch songs”.

When the choir started in 1995, it had only 25 members.  Glória now has 65 members across four sections – sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. The choir has won many awards and has song in stages all around the world.  The choir’s repertoire is chosen sometimes to surprise, sometimes to challenge, but always to entertain! In June, Glória will host the international LGBT choral festival Various Voices with over 80 choirs attending from all around the world.

“In addition to performances from Gloria, we’ll also be joined by the Glória Outreach Choir and counter tenor Graham J Norton ,” said Dowling, The Glória outreach choir is a community choir drawn largely from individuals living in the Clondalkin and Ballyfermort areas. We wanted to bring our simple message that singing is good for you and that through song important messages of acceptance, tolerance and kindness can be imparted. All of the proceeds from the concert will go towards supporting  Aware, the national charity which provides support, information and education to individuals, families and communities impacted by depression, and Gay Switchboard Ireland, which provides a nationwide telephone helpline service to LGBT people and their families.

This concert holds a special place in our hearts as it came about originally as a tribute concert to our departed members James Lumsden and Declan McSherry, both of whom we lost last year to suicide.

Gay Switchboard Ireland is the oldest LGBT community support in the country and this year celebrates 40 years proudly supporting the LGBT community. Since 1974, Switchboard’s friendly volunteers have been providing confidential emotional support, information and signposting and have answered approximately 116,000. ‘With LGBT people identified as seven times more at risk of suicide, it is important that a service such as Switchboard is there for people to reach out to’, says Tony Cooney, Director of Gay Switchboard Ireland. ‘Gay Switchboard Ireland is open 7 days a week plus it provides a weekly face to face support service on Saturdays in Outhouse’. As Switchboard’s tag line suggests; too often we underestimate the power of a listening ear; it has the potential to turn a life around. Gay Switchboard Ireland can be contacted on: 01-872 1055 or www.gayswitchboard.ie

It is estimated that one in ten people in Ireland experience depression at any one time. Aware’s message is one of hope: recovery is possible and the supports and services offered by Aware can make a real and helpful difference in people’s lives. The organisation relies on corporate and public donations as well as fundraising events like this one, for 93% of its annual funding. We very much appreciate Glória’s support for our work and we hope that more people will be encouraged to seek help for depression and related issues, should they need it. More information on services is available from www.aware.ie

“Our choir, our concert and our performances are for everyone to enjoy and to be part of, straight or gay, we do hope that people will come along to support the services of the two benefiting charities ”, Dowling  concluded.   Tickets cost €15 including booking fee and are available from the www.entertainment.ie/tickets For further information on this event and on the choir, please visit www.gloria.ie

Further information from: Richard Deane publicity@gloria.ie