Photo of Kathleen Cronie Our new musical director, Kathleen Cronie has a CV which demonstrates her commitment to the world of music and singing. You can read her public version here. But what drives Kathleen’s enthusiasm and where does she get it from. We asked her to reveal all.

Can you say why working with an LGBT+ choir is so important to you?

I really couldn’t be happier to be working with an LGBT+ choir! I think that choral singing is about more than just arriving at a rehearsal, singing your notes and going home. I believe that singers come to choir for many different reasons – some singers enjoy learning new styles and pieces of music, some attend because it’s good for their physical/mental health, and some enjoy meeting new friends and colleagues who share an interest in music with them. I think it’s especially important that an LGBT+ choir allows singers to feel part of a choral community. My experience singing with LGBT+ choirs has had a huge effect on my approach to conducting. Whilst singing with these groups, the support of friends and team-mates helped me to find a place to feel amongst allies and have fun with like-minded people – I hope I can offer this experience to any chorister I work with as a conductor!

How do you believe music can change the world?

Music is so powerful and song even more so. Singing to an audience allows you to talk about difficult subjects in a non-threatening way and getting involved in singing bonds people more powerfully than anything else I’ve experienced – just think of picket lines and protest marches where people break into song, it’s amazing! I’m also totally convinced that singing comedians make more persuasive political arguments than most politicians. I’m not really sure what we’d do without music – we’d certainly have a lot less fun…!

Do you have a favourite LGBT+ anthem/song

Tricky – it’s so hard to pick just one! I did have Sissy That Walk by RuPaul played at my wedding dance… (All the guests lined up on one side of the floor and we sashayed our little hearts out during the chorus!)

I think my top 5* (in no particular order) would have to be:

  • Rise Like a Phoenix (Conchita Wurst)
  • I Am What I Am (La Cage aux Folles)
  • I Want to Break Free (Queen)
  • Champion (RuPaul)
  • The entire soundtrack to the Rocky Horror Picture Show!

*It’s no coincidence that this list is also a list of my top 5 karaoke requests!

Various voices LogoLoud & Proud were delighted to represent Scotland at Various Voices 2018 Munich, the 14th European LGBTI Choir Festival and ran from 9th to 13th May. Over 100 choirs with 2700 singers from 19 countries performed in the Gasteig in the centre of Munich. More information is available on the Various Voices website. Have a look at the Gallery page to see how we got on.

We raised money to take 30 members of the choir to Germany by running ceilidhs, sponsored swims and weigh-loss challenges, a car boot sale and proceeds from the Rainbow Assembly the joint concert we held with Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus at the end of April 2018. EGMC were also at Various Voices. A huge thank you to all of you who supported us either with your time or generously parting with your money.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe LogoAs part of Loud & Proud’s fundraising efforts for our trip to Various Voices in Munich in May 2018, we will be busking for about half an hour at the Mercat Cross on the High Street on Tuesday 8 August at 5.30pm. Come and hear a taster of our Fringe Concert (19 August), and bring some cash with you.

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