The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir (SGLC) will perform this Sunday, February 26, 3pm, at South Hurstville’s St Mark’s Anglican Church as the inaugural performance of Songs of Freedom, a series of concerts to be held at the church in 2012.

Church rector Chris Albany welcomed the choir’s performance and said music formed a part of many people’s journey of faith.

“At St Mark’s, music has been inspired by a great many musicians for more than 50 years,” Albany said.

“St Mark’s seeks to be an open inclusive community which welcomes people regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or religion. As such, St Mark’s is pleased to be able to host one of Sydney’s finest choirs. It is important to celebrate God’s creativity and the musical gifts of people.”

The SGLC is a non-auditioned choir which welcomes members regardless of their sexual identity or musical experience. It has been performing for more than 20 years.

The choir performed at the 2002 Sydney Olympics and the 2002 Sydney Gay Games cultural festivals and has toured internationally. Its 2009 production of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen was the first opera in the world to be staged by a gay and lesbian choir.

The choir celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with a gala concert at the Sydney Town Hall and it recently performed the world premiere of a major new choral work, Dreams & Visions, by Sydney composer John Peterson.

Other concerts in the series will feature the St Mark’s Organ, St Mark’s Choir and the Sydney Region Combined Choir.

St Mark’s Anglican Church is at 15 The Mall, South Hurstville. Entry to Songs of Freedom is $15/$10 concession.

INFO: www.sglc.org

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