The Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus was founded in 2007 by our music director, James, with the help of a small group of friends. We set out to create a fun, supportive, social group for gay men that also raises funds and awareness for local charities and causes. Representing our community through song and giving gay men an opportunity to express themselves. With around fifty members now, EGMC has grown from those small beginnings, but our purpose today is unchanged.
From the start of EGMCs humble beginnings we have always wanted to be a choir that is welcoming and inclusive, a place were you can make new friends while feeling safe and supported. As a community choir we do not audition and welcome anyone who loves to sing in a choral group. At the heart of EGMC is a desire to make singing fun, yes we work hard rehearsing but we have fun doing it. James our MD and Steven our Assistant MD create some fantastic arrangements as well as original pieces for us to sing. We are known for our diverse range of songs and we love a good medley!
As a choir we think it’s important to be involved in our local community in Edinburgh and central Scotland. We have sung at many LGBTQ+ events, we have also performed as part of schools diversity programmes and shared our songs with older members of our community, singing at a number of retirement communities in the city.
During the pandemic, when possible, we performed a number of open air concerts in different parts of the city. For us and for the people who came to hear us sing in the parks and bandstands in was really special experience being able to share our music again. We can’t wait to see everyone in Bologna and share some of our magic with all of you, oh and did I mention we’ll be performing in our kilts! Well we’re Scottish after all!