In 1992 a group of enthusiastic gay singers united in Arnhem (The Netherlands) and started the Arnhem Gay Men’s Choir Het Herenakkoord. The Dutch word “herenakkoord” means both “gentlemen’s agreement” and “gentlemen’s chord”. The choir was founded to fulfill the need for gay men to sing together as gay men. The pleasure in singing and the bond between members are important motives to be in the choir. Since October 2014 Christel Gelderman has been our charismatic and inspiring musical director.
Our repertoire is very varied, from classical to pop. Sometimes the songs have been rearranged or provided with new lyrics. Lyrics telling the tale of the “gentlemen’s love”, not seldom with a jest, are preferred. Most songs are sung in four-part harmony and accompanied on the piano. Performing regularly is very important to us. High lights were the performances at the Various Voices Festivals and our Anniversary Concerts (in 2022 for our 30th anniversary). However, with just as much pleasure we perform in smaller premises nearer to our home base.