Doodles is a gay men´s chorus based in Prague. We have around 35 members of all ages and professions and we sing a colourful palette of musical genres including renaissance music, folk songs, classic male voice choir repertoire, opera, spirituals, musicals and 80s/90s pop and rock.
Besides Czech, Slovak, English, French, German and Italian, we also sing in Latin, Estonian, Romany, Yiddish and Swahili. Our choirmaster is Marek Stanka.
Since our foundation in 2011 we have experienced so much! Amongst many notable performances, we have sung for the British Ambassador to the Czech Republic in the embassy garden, and appeared with the London Gay Men’s Chorus in Prague’s National Theatre. At the Jirkov festival in Northern Bohemia we won a diploma for our sparky renditions of pop song arrangements. And during the pandemic our choirmaster developed such sophisticated methods for the online rehearsal of new repertoire that conductors of established ensembles came to him for advice.
We sing for pleasure, but we also seek to break down prejudice through positive example. Sometimes we support activist colleagues and especially at critical moments we stand shoulder to shoulder with them. We have sung for other gay organisations, and last year we appeared at a large public demonstration on Wenceslas Square held to protest at the murder of two young Slovak gay men by a neo-Nazi sympathizer.
We supported the Warsaw gay and lesbian choir Voces Gaudii with a joint concert, aware that the situation in their native country is not easy for them. Some of our concerts are benefits for charitable causes.
We are not new to Various Voices, we took part in the festival in Munich in 2018. Thanks to that experience, we made contacts which led to joint concerts with gay choirs from Atlanta, Nuremberg and from right here in Bologna.The festival offers us many opportunities to see and to be seen, as well as to find new friends and future partners in song. We look forward to being inspired by various styles of singing and choreography, and of course we look forward to presenting the very best of ourselves to gay (and not so gay) audiences.