ABOUT US - MGLC
Marking three decades of raising our voices for equality in 2020 Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus is the southern hemisphere's founding LGBTQIA+ choir.
MGLC sings united in our hopes for the future, strengthened by our common experience of struggle and using our music to celebrate diversity and promote acceptance for LGBTQIA+ people.
We work together to provide a supportive, inclusive community for all our members. From our origins as a small group of singers in 1990, we've thrived; gaining both in numbers and momentum.
Our repertoire is as adventurous as our community - we harness the boundless creative energy of our members to create musical experiences that are bold, imaginative and original.
Whether you join us for rehearsal or performance we welcome you: come share our 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.
Musical Director Drew Downing
Entertainer, educator and writer, Drew is an advocate for community arts and enrichment programs.
In community arts, Drew has received awards and nominations from the Musical Theatre Guild of Victoria and Lyrebird Association in performance, direction and design.
A sought after educator in performing arts enrichment, Drew’s professional learning programs have been delivered throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. In addition to teaching, he has served as Head of Music, Performing Arts Coordinator and Enrichment Leader.
In 2019, Drew was an Ambassador for Melbourne Cabaret Festival. He is also an Executive Producer for Front & Centre Australia.
CREDITS: GOD ONLY KNOWS: THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON (Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Ringwood Spiegeltent), DREW DOWNING’S ULTIMATE 90s PLAYLIST (Chapel off Chapel), LET IT BE: THE SONGS OF LENNON & McCARTNEY, THE FULL MONTY (Director, National Theatre).
WRITING: REBEL (Greenroom Awards Nominee 2014 Best Original Songs - Cabaret | Nominee 2019 Original Australian Works - Musical Theatre), BEAUTIFUL THINGS (Chapel off Chapel 2017), A SUPER BRADY CABARET (StageArt 2016), National Children’s Book Week (2012-2014), GREASE 2: LIVE IN CONCERT (MCP/Paramount 2011).