Thursday 18 November 8 pm Final rehearsal in London. Pretty confident. I know my words, notes and moves. I have abs of steel from doing Proud Mary 3,000 times in front of the mirror. Roll on Saturday. Friday 19 November 7 pm The scene on the train from Euston to Manchester is the Titanic in reverse. Everyone is trying to get on, not off. A kind man sits me in first class in a seat that comes with free gin. Things are looking up. Continue reading “Diary of a Pinkie virgin”
If you are a fan of JNET radio like we are and were listening to the ever effusive Joel Kafetz on his Sunday evening show tonight, then you would have caught three of the Pinkies — Naomi, Johnathon and Emma — live on air. We were promoting our upcoming show, but the topics were wide ranging indeed. We spoke about what you can look forward to at the concert on 8 January 2011, Oprah Winfrey’s tissues, bubble baths and our recent gig in Manchester with the MLGC. And you’ll never guess which of the three won the gay news quiz!
We often say that the Pink Singers are the oldest lesbian and gay choir in Europe, but how do we illustrate our boast? What did the choir do in the 1980s and ‘90s? What did we do five years ago, come to that? There are some very interesting historical articles on our website, but detailed, enduring history has to be based on records – and that is why we are setting up a Pinkie Archive. The archive will be a multimedia affair. We are collecting sound and video recordings, photographs (both digital and old-style) and documents. All storage will be electronic, so printed materials will be scanned. Audio files and documents are to be kept on-line, while video will be stored on two portable hard drives owned by the choir. All three repositories are password-protected, of course. The records will include concert programmes, repertoire lists, rehearsal tracks, choreography videos, concert videos and anything else that records the history of the Pink Singers. Continue reading “The Pink Singers archive – can you help?”
‘A Burst of Song’. Something for everyone… …a sea shanty, Drunken Sailor – and a spiritual, Deep River …classic Cole Porter, Every Time We Say Goodbye – and another,Let’s Do It …from The Wizard of Oz, Over the Rainbow– and from Phenomenon, Change the World …classical choral Fauré, Cantique de Jean Racine – and modern choral Whitacre,With a Lily in Your Hand …a jazzy number, Lullaby of Birdland – and another, I Got Rhythm …big hit pop from The Jackson 5, I’ll Be There – and from Madonna, Like a Prayer …unrequited love from Stephen Sondheim, Send in the Clowns – and more from Billy Joel, And So It Goes …a favourite carol from Sweden, Härlig är Jorden – and a bit of camp, Proud Mary …it’s all there. What are you waiting for? Book now! Book hereour box office. Tickets £10 to £30. Groups ordering five or more full price tickets: save £3 on each ticket. 60 or over, 16 or under, full-time students, unemployed: save £3 on full price ticket. 7.30 pm Saturday 8 January 2011, Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ. Sloane Square tube – five minutes. With guest choir Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus.
It is quite safe to say that in an LGBT choir we are bound to have more than our fair share of Elaine Paige devotees. She has her own radio show on BBC Radio 2 at 1 pm every Sunday, and you can imagine that a number of us tune in religiously to hear her present her favourite songs from musical theatre on the way in to rehearsal. Simon is clearly one of these Pinkies and he lent his dulcet tones to promote our upcoming concert ‘A Burst of Song‘. In her radio show, Elaine supports amateur singing and theatrical groups by giving them the chance to speak to a national audience in the ‘Break A Leg’ segment. In case you missed it, you can hear Simon’s little blurb in her last show after the break. He’ll definitely convince you to get tickets to come see us at Cadogan Hall on 8 January 2011! Continue reading “‘A Burst of Song’ breaks a leg”