Diversity Choir, London’s only LGBT chamber choir, is proud to announce its summer concert celebrating the 350th anniversary of Baroque composer Henry Purcell together with British classical and contemporary composers.

Featuring extracts from Purcell’s 17th Century masque or semi-opera The Fairy-Queen, audiences will be treated to an eclectic and diverse repertoire of 16th Century madrigals such as Sweet Honey Sucking Bees; extracts from Benjamin Britten’s 20th Century post-modern masque/choral dances from Gloriana; and a 21st Century world premiere rendition, specifically and exclusively arranged for Diversity, of Erasure’s A Little Respect!

Andrea Brown, Musical Director of Diversity and Artistic Director of Various Voices says of the repertoire:

“Love, passion and heart-break are explored with a diverse range of repertoire spanning four centuries, keeping true, however, to Purcell’s entertaining masque, the Fairy Queen. We are proud to be singing such an innovative programme, reflecting the masque form but with both early and contemporary references to time-less emotions which affect us all.”

As with all Diversity concerts, there will be a raffle in the interval to raise funds for a specified charity. For more details, please visit www.diversitychoir.co.uk.

Diversity was formed in 1992 by lesbians and gay men who wanted to sing some of the most beautiful classical music written for choirs along with the best of other musical genres. Now 40-strong, Diversity regularly performs concerts at home and abroad, most recently in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre and with the London Gay Symphony Orchestra at St. Martin’s in the Field, London. For more information on Diversity, please visit www.diversitychoir.co.uk.

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