The European Queer Choir was founded in 2016 as a pop-up choir to connect and represent European queer singers at the GALA choir festival in Denver, USA. We had so much fun and developed such a strong community of singers that we decided to continue as a permanent, community-run choir. You can read more about how we sprang to life here. Our musical director is Ian Akroyd.
IAN AKROYD LRSM
I became Musical Director of EQC in April 2017 and have had the pleasure of working with the choir since then, preparing EQC for performances at Festivals in Manchester (Hand in Hand 2017), Munich (Various Voices 2018) and Cardiff (Hand in Hand 2019).
Now we are looking forward to Minneapolis and the opportunity to share our music with other Queer choirs from across the world at GALA 2020.
We prepare and perform a varied repertoire ranging from a cappella classical and renaissance songs to arrangements of popular contemporary music with instrumental accompaniment.
Our programmes are eclectic, sometimes challenging, always enjoyable and a musical treat for singers and audience alike.
As Musical Director of EQC I’m committed to work with the choir to increase our European-wide membership and develop links with other European choirs and choral organisations.
I started my training as a Choral Director with Sing for Pleasure and having successfully completing their advanced course continued my training with the Association of British Choral Directors and in July 2017 was awarded a diploma: LRSM in Choral Direction.
I sang with Gay Abandon in Leeds for many years and whilst still training took on the role of assistant MD to Jane Edwardson. In 2011 I became Musical Director of Cantabile, a chamber choir based in Leeds, a role that I continue today. As Musical Director of Cantabile I’m committed to developing partnerships with other arts organisations across the region and over the past few years this has led us to perform at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Media Museum, Fountains Abbey and Bolton Priory as well as undertake collaborative projects with artists and arts organisations.