Singing Out. Changing Hearts.

Spreading happiness through song

Pride Men’s Chorus London is part of a movement of LGBTQ2 Choirs in the world.  In 1978 San Francisco’s Gay Men’s Chorus made an unexpected debut after the assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone.  Pride Men’s Chorus London made its unexpected debut at the Vigil for The Orlando Massacre hosted at Aeolian Hall on June 14th 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 open up to celebrate diversity and love.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

WELCOME

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.”
~Jason Plant

 

JOIN the chorus

We are accepting new members for our 2021-2022 Season. New and renewing members are required to complete the Membership Agreement Form for 2021-2022 by clicking JOIN NOW after reviewing the Terms of Membership and the Aeolian COVID-19 Policy below.

Terms of Membership 2021-2022

Membership requires understanding of and adherence to our COVID Policy.

Interested in taking part, but not quite sure? Want to ask questions or chat with a Choir member first? Does your star power need a bit of encouragement? Complete this online form and we will connect with you as soon as possible!

 

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

read our fact sheet

 

 

“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

 

WATCH OUR DOCUMENTARY

 

“We’re Here and We’re (Mostly) Queer!”

Filmed and Created by Jason Plant.

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!

Stay tuned for updates on our next performance as the Pride Celebration Chorus.

PMCL in the Media

Meet the London chorus changing hearts one song at a time

CBC, July 25, 2019

We Won’t Be Erased London: Rally for trans and intersex rights, PMCL attends

Western Gazette, November 16, 2018

Get social with us

To learn more about the Pride Men’s Chorus London, to hear about our concerts, and to be part of our special moments, follow us online.

 

 

 

 

 

Clark Bryan

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER, PIANIST

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.

ANDREW RETHAZI

cONDUCTOR

Andrew Rethazi was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and had a very musical and artistic childhood. His schooling was primarily through the Claude Watson School for the Arts program, where he was able to gain an appreciation for many different arts endeavours. He took private lessons in piano, violin, viola, trombone, and voice at various times in his youth, culminating in the achievement of his A.R.C.T. in piano performance at the age of 16. This was followed closely by high-level achievements in voice and viola.

As a child and youth, Andrew sang in a number of choirs, most notably the Toronto Children’s Chorus under the direction of Jean Ashworth Bartle. During his time with the TCC, he toured to the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as an extensive tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1999. Both of these tours were to participate in world choral festivals, which furthered his appreciation for arts of different cultures. As an adult, Andrew has sung with the Ontario Youth Choir, the Church of St. John’s in Elora, and at St. George’s Anglican Church in London.

Andrew received his Honours Bachelor of Music in voice performance with Honours from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2009, under the teaching of Kimberly Barber. His Master of Music followed in 2011 from the University of Western Ontario under the teaching of Todd Wieczorek. Continuing at the University of Western Ontario, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts in voice in 2018, with a monograph entitled “Teaching Prospective Verdi Baritones: A Repertoire-Based Approach.”

During his time at the University of Western Ontario, Andrew has been active in the local theatre community, both as a director and as a musical director. He has worked especially closely with Original Kids Theatre Company and MTP London, realizing musical and stage visions for over 40 titles.

Andrew has also appeared on a variety of stages in both operatic and musical theatre productions. He has appeared in London, Toronto, Waterloo, Edmonton, and in Lucca, Italy, where he portrayed the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for AEDO Milan. A full history of his roles can be found on the Production History page.

Andrew maintains a private voice studio out of his home in London, Ontario, Canada, and has been a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing since 2014.

tom corken

assistant cONDUCTOR

Thomas Corken is a graduate student at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London, Ontario. Thomas received a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from McMaster University and the University of Toronto.  Thomas is an experienced teacher and choral conductor, having served as a section lead and tutor for the Hamilton Children’s Choir, Ilumini (Senior) Choir and the Lads and Gents Choir. Thomas has been co-director of Profunda (Hamilton Children’s Choir) and Music Director of the McMaster University Advent Celebration. He is currently the Assistant Conductor of the St. Cecilia Singers at Western University.

A tenor, Thomas has performed with numerous ensembles including the McMaster University Choir where he had the opportunity to perform Terry Riley’s Sun Rings with the Kronos Quartet; the MacMillan Singers under the direction of Dr. Hilary Apferstadt; the University of Toronto Men’s Chorus with Dr. Andre Heywood; and the Wilfrid Laurier University Concert Choir where he also was the piano accompanist for the premier performance of Peter Wiegold’s Perfumes of the Desert.

Thomas has been honoured to receive the Sharon Reeves Scholarship for noble standing, the John Frances Bowling School Award for excellence in music, and the Margaret Dixon Academic Grant.

Thomas is excited to join the Pride Men’s Chorus London in their 6th season and be part of the London music community.

2021 Season Rehearsals

Rehearsals are held weekly throughout the year.

Until November 14, 2021

Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Aeolian Hall unless otherwise directed.

November 21, 2021 and onward

Sundays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Aeolian Hall unless otherwise directed.

PMCL members, we’re back!

We hoped for brighter days and we are almost at the end of the rainbow!

The Pride Men’s Chorus is excited to be back together in person, rehearsing weekly and welcoming new members again.

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.

With plans in place to see you soon, we look forward to seeing you live again soon! Stay tuned.

 

In Performance:

pride festival productions

July 25, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Performance:

pride festival productions

July 26, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Performance:

spring productions

april 27, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Performance:

spring productions

april 28, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Performance:

spring productions

april 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

In Performance:

Holiday productions

December 2, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCERTS & TICKETS

Stay tuned for concert dates and ticketing information for future PMCL concerts live at Aeolian Hall.  Watch www.aeolianhall.ca/events and our social media for announcements and on-sale dates or subscribe to the weekly Aeolian Newsletter to be the first to know!

 

Stars & Angels featuring Heather Bambrick

December 1, 2019

« of 5 »

STAND! A Pride Celebration

July 25 & 26, 2019

DIVAS!

April 27, 2019

making spirits bright

December 1, 2018

a pride celebration

July 26, 2018

« of 5 »
out on broadway

December 26, 2018

broadway bound

April 28, 2018

« of 3 »

the most fabulous time of the year

December 9, 2017

Sing Out Proud

July 27, 2017

« of 2 »

beautiful happy proud

April 22, 2017

« of 4 »

we shall overcome: world aids day

November 20, 2016

debut: the pride men’s chorus

July 21, 2016

« of 3 »

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.”

I LOVE singing in this room! I hope we can do it again.
Matthew Barber

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