Wednesday, 16 June 2010

London Gay Men's Chorus performs "Seven Deadly Sins" @ The Roundhouse

London Gay Men’s Chorus performs
Seven Deadly Sins at Roundhouse
The show will be raising funds for the Albert Kennedy Trust

The London Gay Men’s Chorus will follow in the footsteps of great performers by appearing in their own show “Seven Deadly Sins” at the Roundhouse, the legendary cultural venue in Camden on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June. This is the Chorus’s most inventive and challenging repertoire to date.

The show takes the audience on a musical carousel ride by exploring the beguiling context of the Seven Deadly Sins such as Gluttony through Verdi’s drinking song from La Traviata, Wrath through “Dies Irae” from his requiem together with Erasure’s “Love to hate you”. Lust is portrayed in Britney Spears’s “Hit me baby one more time” and Peggy Lee’s “Fever” and Pride through a subverted interpretation of Jerry Herman’s “I am what I am” from La Cage aux Folles. Other works by artists and composers as diverse as Irving Berlin, Jacques Brel, Judy Garland, Kander and Ebb, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Pet Shop Boys and Soft Cell are used to depict Envy, Greed and Sloth.

Straight fathers join Chorus
The show will also include a unique project involving DNA Mix (a group of young fathers aged 16 – 25 who come together to rap) and a small group from the London Gay Men’s Chorus who will be working together to create a version of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy, fusing pop and rap. The fathers and members of the Chorus will be tutored by Rodney P, “the Godfather of British rap” and Simon Sharp from LGMC.

Artistic Director Stuart Burrows said "The combination of the London Gay Men’s Chorus and The Roundhouse is an exciting one for everyone involved in this concert. We feel that The Seven Deadly Sins is an evocative and universal concept that will lend itself brilliantly to both chorus and venue in musical and artistic terms.”

The London Gay Men’s Chorus is now, with around 190 singing members, Europe’s largest and best known gay choir. It has performed around the UK at numerous venues including the London Palladium, the Dome, the Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Southbank Centre and toured overseas in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United States.

In aid of charity
The show will also be raising funds for the Albert Kennedy Trust which is a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people.

The majority of seating is in tables of six. Prices are £35, £25, £15, £10.

For CSRA members a 10% discount is offered when you quote CODE 198

“Sin” tables:
These are the best tables in the house, they're themed and being sold at £360 per table (6 seats). They include a complimentary programme, hospitality, interval drink and use of the VIP bar.

To book:
Roundhouse Box Office Tel: 0844 482 8008

For more information go to:

Monday, 31 May 2010

Fall of the Wall meets Stonewall

Fall of the Wall meets Stonewall –  new exhibition at 12 Star Gallery, London
24 May 2010, London
Photographs taken at Pride parades across Central and Eastern Europe will be exhibited 9-18 June 2010 at the 12 Star Gallery, in the European Commission offices in Westminster.  The photographs, taken over the last three years, were collected by Clare Dimyon.  A British lesbian, she undertook the first Pride Solidarity tour in 2009 to celebrate 40 years since Stonewall and 25 years as an out lesbian.  The photographs show the links between the struggle for equality of LGB&T people in Central and Eastern Europe with the struggle these same countries had in overthrowing Soviet occupation.  This 40th birthday year of PRIDE is marked by 10th parade in Poland and the first ever parades in Lithuania and Slovakia meaning that PRIDE has come to every country in the EU!
Fall of the Wall meets Stonewall is the first exhibition celebrating the nascent Pride movement in Central and Eastern Europe, and for many of the photographs, their first public showing.  Taken in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the Ukraine, they show the differences and commonalities in celebration of Pride across the region.  Clare Dimyon, currently in Eastern Europe, is adding to the collection with images from the first Lithuanian Pride, and the festivities in BratislavaIn spite of protests, LGB&T people have been celebrating the official support of their human rights.
LGB&T Pride in C&E Europe is less established than in the West.  Clare says: "This exhibition is part celebration, part tribute to LGBT people across Central and Eastern Europe who face unique challenges of “coming out” in countries still emerging and recovering from totalitarian occupation. The coincidence of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with the 40th anniversary of Stonewall reminds us that this message of liberation has a particular resonance for the LGBT people."  It is hoped  this exhibition will travel to PRIDE celebrations in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for Warsaw EuroPride this July (2010).
The UK with its 38 year history of Pride marches is well placed to offer moral and material support.  The presence of the exhibition at EuroPride will be a visual display of the power and privilege of the right of assembly.  It will also help celebrate the landmark victory in the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that Gay Pride parades are protected by Article 11 of the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights).  The challenge was brought to the court by the BÄ…czkowski Five, after the then mayor of Warsaw, the late Lech Kaczynski banned the Pride parades in 2004 and 2005.
More information can be found at the 12 Star Gallery website: or at
12 Star Gallery is open daily Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm at 8 Storey’s Gate, London, SW1P 3AT.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Nottingham CSRA Research Event

Dear member,

As you know, we're undertaking an innovative piece of research on the subject of LGB & T career development looking at; the barriers faced, the solutions worked, the prejudices encountered and the opportunities created. In the next day or so we will be launching our quantitative stage to the research through a questionnaire and forum. However today marks the beginning of the qualitative stage of the research.

On Wednesday 26th May, CSRA with our researchers Yougov, will be hosting the second in a series of Focus Group sessions in Nottingham hosted by HMRC in FitzRoy House, Castle Meadow Road, NG2 1AB. The event will be an opportunity for you to tell us what it is like being LGB & T in the UK Civil Service and whether or not being LGB & T has impacted on your career development. It will also provide Yougov with valuable qualitiative data to help formulate the conclusions and recommendations for the research project.

So if you are based in Nottngham, the East Midlands or anywhere nearby, please join us on Wednesday 26th May between 2pm and 5pm in Nottingham. There will be a social event directly afterwards. Attached is a poster for you to circulate within your Department and network. We’d be very grateful if you can arrange to display prominently on notice boards and on intranets

If you are able to attend please let us know by emailing

But if you are not based in the East Midlands there is no need to panic! CSRA will be coming to a location near you on one of the following dates:

3rd June - a:gender event in Sheffield

10th June - Liverpool (or Newcastle)

Early June - Kew, Richmond

Early June - Central London

You will also be able to take part in the questionnaire and forum online across the whole of the UK -

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Hello and Welcome!

Hi! Welcome to the new and improved Civil Service Rainbow Alliance website - please take a little time to look around, and do get in touch with us!