The National Concert Hall welcomed the return of Glória, Dublin’s Lesbian & Gay Choir, last night for their annual summer concert, which celebrated their eighteenth year. To mark the occasion, they were joined on stage by other LGBT choirs and friends, and hosted by the warm and talented Panti.
The concert’s opening number, I Can Sing A Rainbow, was especially poignant as it symbolised the coming together of friends and family from across Ireland, as Quire LGBT Choir from Belfast and Choral ConFusion from Cork both travelled to Dublin for the occasion. Other choirs who didn’t have as far to travel were the recently-formed Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus and the Glória Outreach Choir, who lit up the stage with their own performances on the night.
Glória have had a wonderful couple of months, having performed in Siamsa Tíre in County Kerry, at the World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists; on the Derek Mooney show on RTÉ Radio 1 and much, much more.
As Chairman of Glória, Barry Dowling said, the enthusiasm that Musical Director, Ian Packham, has brought to the choir could be felt by everyone, and the energy felt at last night’s concert was proof of Packham’s style and enthusiasm. All four choirs performed brilliantly, creating a joyous atmosphere that lead to two standing ovations; one at the end and again after the encore.
Glória are a registered charity, which welcomes support from the public by asking them to become ‘Friends’ of Glória. They are already preparing for their Christmas concert, which will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in December, as well as for the Various Voices Choral Festival, which will see 77 choirs travel to Dublin next year.
For more information, visit gloria.ie.