ABOUT US - MGLC
MGLC is an award-winning choir, with a passionate commitment to creating community through music. We strive for musical excellence and offer a supportive environment for enjoyable learning and performance and welcome all who share our vision and love of music. We have stood as proud role models in the LGBTQIA+ community since our inception in 1990.
Chorus membership is open to singers of all backgrounds, ages and levels of musical experience, following a simple vocal assessment.
The significance and political impact borne from the creation of MGLC, the Southern hemisphere's first coalitionist LGBTQIA+ community choir, cannot be understated. It's founder Lawrence McGuire brought together a small group of singers during a time of crisis in the gay and lesbian community.
Since then, MGLC has thrived and our musical journey has been incredible. We have sung repertoire as diverse as Rutter's Requiem, ABBA, Elton John, and perforrned with Jimmy Somerville and k.d. Lang.
We continue to sing and to welcome new members. Fortunately today, the tide is slowly turning and while we as a community, no longer feel under attack every day, there are still many opportunities to show our strength and our determination to address inequality through song.
MGLC is an Affiliate Member of GALA Choruses, the international association of the lesbian and gay choral movement. GALA represents more than 190 choruses, their 10,000 singers and 750,000 patrons in Australia, Europe, South America, and North America.
MGLC's Musical Director Drew Downing has been at MGLC's helm since 2015.
A strong supporter of community arts, Drew has gained awards and nominations from the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria for his work on stage and as a Musical Director. He has also presented works at part the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Midsumma.
Utilising his instrumental background, Drew applied his skills to the theatre; consolidating a reputation as a Musical Director and Arranger, having produced arrangements for RUG, Carols by Candlelight, festivals and musical theatre, and composing for cabaret performers, Tony Bones Entertainment and ABC2. He also originated the stage score for Paramount Pictures/Stage Arts Grease 2: Live in Concert.
Drew has worked internationally with high schools in the United States of America, delivering workshops and Master Classes in music, performance and music history.
He is currently a Voice and Performance teacher in Melbourne.