In the 14 years since it formed, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir has released CDs, amassed an armful of prizes and worked with stars from k.d. lang to Julian Clary.

Now the Choir is preparing for what may well be the ultimate gay music retrospective, at the Seymour Centre next week.

Queer Idols is billed as an orgy of pop anthems, artistes and idols, and its playlist confirms those impeccably camp credentials.

It’s everything from Judy Garland, there’s Kylie, there’s ABBA, there’s k.d. lang, the choir’s sales and marketing manager Neil Hendry said of the 26 February event.

The whole premise of the show is showcasing queer anthems from the 50s through to now, Hendry told Sydney Star Observer.

About 50 of SGLC’s 140 members will perform on the night, buoyed by Belinda Lemon interpreting Bette Midler and Courtney Act channelling Madonna, Hendry said.

Queer Idols marks SGLC’s first Sydney appearance since a recent tour of Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Bathurst, and there are hopes for a triumphant return.

We thought we really wanted to do something a little bit bigger and brighter perhaps than we’d done recently, Hendry said.

He said Queer Idols would encourage the audience to look back on its experiences as Mardi Gras approaches.

The idea is to present in a fun way a lot of music people will identify with.

It’s basically to celebrate things that are dear to us.

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