Pride Men’s Chorus London creates experiences through choral music that promotes community, diversity, inclusivity and excellence. The chorus is open to all men regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. With the goal of combatting stereotypes and perceptions, we challenge the heteronormative worldview by inspiring our audience, the LGBT2Q communities and our broader community through advocacy and music. We celebrate victories won, we mourn lives lost, we find unconditional acceptance, and we celebrate all life in harmony, through our songs.
We will celebrate those who came before us and whose activism was hard fought. United through song, our voices will be freely heard as we fight for a nation and world where diversity is met with tolerance, equality and respect.
The Pride Men’s Chorus London envisions a world where the human voice is lifted up through song in celebration of diversity; where music is valued as a powerful gift and seen as a universal tool to achieve and sustain inclusivity; and where united voices are an instrument of change.
The Pride Men’s Chorus will seek to:
• Continuously improve the artistic and vocal talent of its members.
• Challenge the societal norms or perceptions of its members through understanding of its own diversity.
• Challenge perceptions of the LGBTQ2 community.
• Combat fear, eliminate hatred, and encourage compassion through the timeless fundamental human connection to music.
• Change or enrich the hearts of those whom we meet.
Pride Men’s Chorus London was founded in 2016 and is a program of the Aeolian Hall. PMCL was the 2018 recipient of the Forest City London Music Award Best Classical Vocal (Choir/Group).
More than 40 men sing in the chorus, and those with all levels of musical knowledge are invited to join us. Pride Men’s Chorus London is part of a movement of LGBTQ2 Choirs in the world. Pride Men’s Chorus London made its unexpected debut at the Vigil for The Orlando Massacre hosted at Aeolian Hall on June 14, 2016. In the global arena of eroding human rights and particularly the rights of the LGBTQ2 community, we sing to enlighten and help those with closed minds and hearts to open up and celebrate diversity and love.
Pride Men’s Chorus London creates experiences through choral music that promote community, inclusiveness and excellence. With the goal of combatting stereotypes and perceptions, we challenge the heteronormative worldview by inspiring our audience, the LGBTQ2 community and our broader community through advocacy and music. We celebrate victories won, we mourn lives lost, we find unconditional acceptance, and we celebrate all life in harmony, through our songs.
“PMCL is more than just a chorus.
They are a family of great men who have come together to take care of each other while entertaining others.”
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New and renewing members are welcome and encouraged to READ the Terms and Conditions below and go to the online Application for 2020-2021 by clicking JOIN NOW and completing the form.
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INTERVIEWS WITH MEMBERS
Our founding co-director and accompanist Clark Bryan talks about how Pride Men’s Chorus London was formed as a program of Aeolian Hall, its vision and its its important role in breaking down stigmas and barriers and hatred by shining a light on the LGBT community’s vitality and contributions to the world we live in through the power of music.
Bass singer Andrew Kaszowski talks about how Pride Men’s Chorus London is a perfect intersection of music and community, how it has helped him become even more comfortable with his own identity, and how the chorus serves as an agent of positive social change by connecting the LGBT community with the local and global community.
Our founding co-director and conductor Rod Culham talks about how Pride Men’s Chorus London was formed, its vision and its unique attribute of being open to men of all gender and sexual identities.
Tenor singer Scotty D. talks about how Pride Men’s Chorus London is an important part of giving back to the London, Ontario community and how it affects the LGBT an straight community in a really positive way.
QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE of 2020
In 2016, Pride Men’s Chorus London came together on stage for the first time ever to show love and support for the community after the horrific events in Pulse in Orlando. The first song we performed during that vigil was the 1969 hit from The Hollies: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. This year, some of our choir members decided to take on a different challenge and perform the same song from our first concert – this time with a camera, a microphone and completely alone on stage. In a year that has taken so much, we wanted to give back to our community in London and around the world by echoing the feeling of this song and say that no matter what you are going through, we are here for you.
Although the song was written with gender-specific lyrics, our intention by singing this goes beyond gender, orientations, sex or anything that might seem to separate us: these 18 voices come together today to show we are strong and more together than ever. Let’s begin a New Year with the intention of practicing true love for one another, like this beautiful song says.
Words by: Bob Russell
Music by: Bobby Scott
Copyright 1969 Harrison Music Company
Arranged by Bobby Buchanan for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angels
Used by permission of the Arranger
“The PCML has challenged me musically, and rewarded me personally. The repertoire is often fun, sometimes thought-provoking, but when all those voices come together in concert, there is something truly beautiful and inspiring that happens, and it is a huge privilege to be a part of that beauty.”
~ Murray Watson
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pride celebration chorus
The Pride Celebration Chorus is an all-gender choir, comprised of singers singing in four parts: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. We debuted in Pride London Festival 2018 and had an outstanding concert, and sang again during the 2019 Festival!
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pride Celebration Chorus will not form in 2020 – stay tuned for updates when we are able to come together again to sing!
PMCL in the Media
CBC, July 25, 2019
Western Gazette, November 16, 2018
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Clark is the co-Founder, Director and pianist for Pride Men’s Chorus London.
An award-winning concert pianist, Clark has performed internationally, recorded 14 CD’s and has been featured on radio and television. As a teacher, he has taught thousands of students, adjudicated more than 50 music festivals coast to coast in Canada, given dozens of workshops and written a book “Gateways to Learning and Memory”.
The founder of The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, Clark believes that everyone should have universal access to music, art and culture. Because of this belief, he launched El Sistema Aeolian in 2011. This free, intensive music program has offered more than 150 children and youth an opportunity to experience the joy of a rich musical education.
Clark is engaged in community activism and speaks regularly at events, on radio and television and has given a TED talk about the power and joy of music study.
Erich Knapp is a co-director and conductor for Pride Men’s Chorus London.
Erich Knapp moved to London in August and is the new Director of Music and Organist at First-St. Andrew’s United Church in London. Originally from northern Minnesota, he has taught music classes, directed choirs, and taught organ, piano and voice instruction in K-12 public schools, private schools, colleges and universities.
He has served as artist-in-residence, organist, and director of music at churches across the United States, and he has led professional and church choirs on six international performance tours, and as an organ recitalist he has given organ recitals in eight countries.
Dr. Knapp has an undergraduate and Master’s degree in horticulture, and an undergraduate degree in vocal music and music education. He studied for his Master’s and Doctorate in Choral Conducting with organ as his primary instrument at North Dakota State University (Fargo) and the University of Oslo, Norway.
He also has a culinary degree and has served as executive chef at 3 restaurants.
Four years ago he started a successful PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians) chapter for the LGBTQ+ community and friends and allies in his previous town, and served as president until moving to London. In 2019, he organized the first Pride event in the city with over 300 participants; he has also participated in the annual Houston Pride, Texas.
His hobbies include gardening, cooking (he has written six cookbooks), entertaining, antiques, travel, water aerobics, and Norwegian culture.
Rod is a co-founder and former co-director of Pride Men’s Chorus London.
He has been active in community music and theatre in London for almost 40 years as director, music director, conductor, teacher, actor, singer, chorister, and producer in many productions. Rod is currently the musical director at Thamesview United Church in Fullarton, Ontario, a member of London Pro Musica Choir in addition to co-conducting Pride Men’s Chorus London.
He taught dramatic arts and music at North Middlesex High School for 25 of his 30 years as a teacher, and is a graduate of the music program at Western University.
Rod is also a talented composer and arranger, many of his works and arrangements have been performed in local choirs and performance groups. Rod composed the music for “Canadian Waters Suite,” premiered by London Pro Musica Choir in 2014. Several of the pieces performed by Pride Men’s Chorus London are arranged or adapted by Rod.
Rod has been involved in several charitable causes, most significantly with Camp Wendake, a camp for people with HIV. In August, 2019, Rod climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro; he and his team of climbers raised in excess of $24,000 for the camp.
In January, 2020, Rod handed over the conducting of Pride Men’s Chorus London to Markus Howard so as to spend time traveling, volunteering, and enjoying his retirement. Rod has stuck around with the choir in an assistant capacity, to help with sectionals and assistant conduct. Rod continues to write and arrange for the chorus.
2021 Virtual Rehearsals
Virtual Rehearsals every Sunday night starting March 14th, 2021 until it’s safe to gather again in-person. Join our conductors Clark and Erich to learn some new music, enjoy our community company and start preparing for exciting virtual productions for our adoring audience!
- 7:30 p.m. on Zoom
- Email email@example.com for details to join the Zoom and get access to the rehearsal music
PMCL members, we’re back!
Brighter days are ahead – but we’re not there yet.
The light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is growing brighter every day, and PMCL will be there as the sun rises again.
But we’re here right now! We are more than a choir… so much more!
We are a family united together through this dark time with a common bond of love, and we want you to join in the good times and community support.
We don’t know when the next chapter of the choir will turn the page. In-person life and performances with our adoring audience are coming with tremendous excitement.
BUT THERE’S A CHAPTER RIGHT NOW YOU’LL MISS OUT ON IF YOU WAIT FOR TOMORROW
Life is happening during the pandemic. Let’s make it as good as we possibly can – join us!
No time to hesitate on life!
PMCL’s virtual chapter is happening right now, and we can’t wait for members existing and new to join in.
We’re waiting for your call!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org right away to find out how you can join in on the 2021 Virtual Rehearsals and other exciting PMCL community virtual activities to get us through the pandemic isolation together.
pride festival productions
July 25, 2019
pride festival productions
July 26, 2018
april 27, 2019
april 28, 2018
april 22, 2017
December 2, 2019
CONCERTS & TICKETS
Important message regarding event cancellation due to COVID-19
In light of what our world and local London community are facing right now with the COVID-19 pandemic, Pride Men’s Chorus London lends its support to Aeolian Hall’s decision to suspend all public events at this time for the protection of public health.
As such, there will be no Pride concerts this year and the Pride Celebration Chorus will not perform live in the Summer of 2021. Singing in a group, even as the spread of the virus subsides, will still be dangerous. Please stay tuned for other initiatives such as virtual performances as we continue to ensure our voices are heard while our community is supported.
We hope that we are able to offer this opportunity to you again soon.
Please consider supporting Aeolian Hall at this time
Aeolian Hall has been significantly impacted by the pandemic and is in need of community support. As you know, this not-for-profit organization has not only been bringing amazing music to the general community but has been a strong voice for all of us. El Sistema Aeolian and the Pride Choruses are just some examples. If you are able to help at this time, please visit http://aeolianhall.ca/
This breaks our hearts deeply to not be able to share the gifts of music and togetherness and the power of support of our LGBTQ+ community with all of you. But our community is very strong – through trials and battles throughout our community’s history we have always risen up, stronger than ever!
We’ll be back as soon as it’s safe to do so.
We will NOT STOP:
SINGING OUT. CHANGING HEARTS.
Until then, please take very good care of yourselves and each other. The power of what we’re all about lives in our hearts and yours: share your gifts and spirit in any way you can at this time.
Stars & Angels featuring Heather Bambrick
December 1, 2019
STAND! A Pride Celebration
July 25 & 26, 2019
April 27, 2019
making spirits bright
December 1, 2018
a pride celebration
July 26, 2018
out on broadway
December 26, 2018
April 28, 2018
the most fabulous time of the year
December 9, 2017
Sing Out Proud
July 27, 2017
beautiful happy proud
April 22, 2017
we shall overcome: world aids day
November 20, 2016
debut: the pride men’s chorus
July 21, 2016
London Vigil for the Orlando LGBT Club Massacre
June 14, 2016
Pride Men’s Chorus London had the sad honour of singing at the London Vigil on June 14, 2016 for the victims of the Orlando LGBT club massacre. We sang “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “We Shall Overcome/Lean On Me,” and “Rise Again.”
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