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'Sacred, secular and irreverent': Dublin Gay Men's Chorus on their summer concert

The group’s second annual summer concert will take place at the Pepper Canister tomorrow.

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THE DUBLIN GAY Men’s Chorus’ second annual Summer Serenade will be taking place in the capital tomorrow.

The free concert, which will be held in St Stephen’s Church (AKA the Pepper Canister Church) at 3pm, is set to include a mix of modern and classical pieces.

Barry Joyce, the Director of the Chorus, likened the songlist to “tuning in on a radio dial”, adding that everything from opera to the Rat Pack to the Everly Brothers will feature.

“We’ll be performing an eclectic repertoire with something for everyone ­– from musical classics to movie scores, to popular hits, to Irish traditional airs.

Love is a theme running throughout the musical selection and we have no doubt that people will leave the concert filled with the joys of summer love.

He noted that the choir, which is Ireland’s only all-male gay chorus, has a “lighter” sound, saying: “It’s almost like a barbershop.”

“We have a different kind of sound to other male choirs. Others have a Welsh sound, while we sound lighter.”

‘Quintessentially Dublin’

Joyce added that the Pepper Canister is the perfect venue for the concert as it’s “so quintessentially Dublin”.

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Roy Holmes, the Chorus’ Musical Director, said that the gig will send the audience on a rollercoaster ride.

“By getting to the core of the music – sacred, secular and sometimes even irreverent – the chorus will lead the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

We hope that people will join us for what promises to be an unforgettable event.

The Chorus was formed in 2012 and now has 34 members. Rehearsals for tomorrow’s concert have been ongoing since January.

More information is available on the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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