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GALS WA @ Melbournes Midsumma Festival

Two hundred and fifty gorgeous gals and guys got together in Melbourne last month for a weekend of performance and partying. Melbourne’s Midsumma festival this year included a major concert by most of the gay choirs in Australia and New Zealand, with associated rehearsals, workshops and social events, planned and unplanned.

The concert, on a Sunday afternoon in the Melbourne Town Hall, drew a big audience and GALS’ performance was one of our best ever. As we ran around backstage afterwards going: ‘Oh, God, a standing ovation,’ the best was yet to come. The last item was a performance of two songs by the combined choirs, conducted by Jonathon Welch, who has previously led gay choirs at the Gay Games opening ceremonies in Sydney, Montreal and Chicago.

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The after-party was awesome. So was the before-party, for that matter, even though it was 39 degrees outside and the air-conditioning broke down half an hour into the evening. This was a chance for small group performances and comedy pieces, in which GALS was quite a feature.

Best of all the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus – and there are lots of them – will be coming to Perth in October this year for a joint concert with GALS and to participate in our Pride month events.

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