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Scotland's LGBT Choir will get you in a festive mood
Loud and Proud invite you to join them for their Festive Concert.
Loud and Proud is Scotland's LGBT choir, whose origins were in a singing class set up by the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing and run by Emily Isaacson. The group grew to become a fully fledged choir under the leadership of Karen Dietz.
They take pride in a repertoire as diverse as their membership and it includes simple rounds, popular music, traditional music, light classics, festive and seasonal songs, early American shape-note songs, lesbian/gay anthems, and of course, show tunes. You can hear some of their performances on their website: Loud and Proud; Hear us Sing.
On 7th and 8th December they will be holding a Festive Concert, with special guest David Paul Jones, an Edinburgh-based composer and performer. I've been watching some video clips from previous Festive concerts to familiarise myself with the choir so that I could write this, and I think they sound wonderful both in the traditional arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy, and also the more unusual (for a festive concert, anyway) California Dreamin'.
The concert is in Stockbridge Parish Church, and you can book tickets through The Hub.
If you really enjoy the evening, then you might be interested hiring the choir for you own event. They have a small a cappella group, drawn from the larger choir, who are ideal for smaller events and special occasions.
All the details of their upcoming performances, and how to get in contact with the "choir for hire" are on the Loud and Proud website.
And look out for the choir on STV in December. You'll be able to see them performing Auld Land Syne with Rod Stewart for his Christmas concert against the spectacular backdrop of Stirling Castle.