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MUSICAL DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT
Laurence, otherwise known as 'Loz', Kaye has been a professional composer, musician and teacher since 1994. In this time his music has been performed all the way from Nashville, USA to Okinawa, Japan. His personal style is imaginative, open, energetic and enthusiastic about cultural exchange. Loz is based in Manchester.
Laurence Kaye has worked widely as a choir leader. For a period he was leader of the Blackburn People's Choir. He has also directed groups for AOF Århus, Den Nye Musik Skole Århus, the Horse + Bamboo Theatre workshop programme and the "With One Voice" choir festival, amongst others. He also taught choir at GITIS Scandinavia, Århus and been a visiting choir director at LIPA drama school.
He has worked in many different styles- from folk music to musical theatre, from Carl Orff to Stevie Wonder. As a leader he combines a keen and exacting ear with a sense of fun and adventure. Laurence emphasises the physical nature of singing, and the joy of working in an ensemble. He is comfortable with all kinds of groups, from complete beginners to professionals. As well as directing, he also composes and arranges for choir.
In 2005 he was the recipient of a research fellowship from community music organisation "More Music Morecambe". He used the grant to explore the rich choral heritage of Scandinavia and the Baltic countries - drawing on his work in Denmark, and visits to Estonia and Lithuania. The result of the fellowship was a collection of arrangements of folk music from around the region for amateur choirs, with the title "Bridge of Song". Laurence has explored this unusual repertoire with schools and workshop groups in the UK, and with students in Denmark. It forms the basis of his workshop "Breath of the Baltic".
We look forward to working with him.
Set Your Voice Free!
A vocal technique workshop and Away Day for MLGC with Loz Kaye
Loz will share his 2 decades of professional experience working with the singing voice. This workshop will take the mystery out of vocal technique, feeling how the voice is based in the body. There's no need for any particular background knowledge, just a willingness to have a go!
Loz will look at physical readiness to sing, breath, support, resonance and vocal colour. It's a basic toolkit or operator's licence for the voice if you will... So come and take part in this workshop which will certainly set your voice free.
Saturday 29th June - Commencing at 10.30 am
Followed by a Barbecue - hosted by members of our Bass Section
6th Ashton Scout Group, Cranbourne Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester OL7 9BW
The workshop and barbecue - combined bargain package: £8.00
Workshop only: £5.00
Barbecue only (all guests welcome!): £5.00 (adults) and £1.00 (children)
Please book your place(s) with your section rep who will also collect payments, and make a note of dietary requirements. Let your section rep know if you need a lift. Final numbers are needed by the end of rehearsal on 17th June.
• The workshop is open to all current choir members as well as past members who might wish to get to meet our new MD. Prospective members are also invited, so do tell your friends ...
• Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the day at the venue - bring a packed lunch
• Following the workshop (at about 5.00pm), there will be a barbecue which will be hosted by members of our bass section - friends, family etc. are most welcome to join us. It's a child-friendly venue and children are very welcome! There will be a marquee on the lawn, so the rain won't ruin the fun ..
• The barbecue is BYO - there are fridges available and plenty of wine and beer glasses for us to use. There are also local shops where you can buy drinks for the BBQ.
Travel: The venue, 6th Ashton Scout Group, is 800 yards from Ashton Train Station. Trains take 10 minutes,leaving from Manchester Victoria every 30 minutes. Upon existing the train station turn right onto Wellington Road follow this to the traffic lights at Ikea and turn right onto Oldham road follow this road and take the fifth right into Cranbourne Road you will find the Scout Hut on you left just before the railway bridge.
For those travelling by car, there is street par
LONDO 2018 Gay Games Bid
The MLGC has been invited to contribute to the London 2018 Gay Games bid. We are very excited to be a part of the project which aims to bring this huge LGBT sports, cultural and human rights festival to London.
Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus exists to give people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community in and around Greater Manchester the opportunity to make music in a friendly, safe environment.
We are a community choir and welcome LGBT people with a diverse range of skills and abilities. We meet to rehearse, socialise, to give concerts and to perform at a range of events, including civil partnerships and events promoted by other LGBT community groups and affiliated organisations.
To this end we employ a professional choral teacher as our musical director and strive to the highest quality of music-making that we can achieve.
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