Open Fund: The Sunday Boys
The Sunday Boys Choral Concert - Making Manchester Your Home
The Sunday Boys are Manchester’s male voice sensation; an unauditioned, inclusive choir for gay men and their allies, who rehearse on Sunday evenings. We come together to sing the songs that we love, and in so doing we meet new people and build great friendships.
The choir was started in January 2016 by composer and conductor, Michael Betteridge. Michael wanted to create a new male voice choir to brighten up Sunday evenings by bringing gay men and their allies together to sing exceptionally.
Over two years The Sunday Boys has grown from small beginnings to perform at prestigious gigs in the city and beyond, representing Manchester’s LGBT+ community on the arts scene (Superbia, Manchester Pride), performing at events for community choirs (Singing in the City at the Royal Exchange) and working with leading poets (Ian and Andrew McMillan at Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival). We delivered our first large gig in July 2017 where we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which initiated the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.
We are very grateful for the support of the PRS for Music Foundation’s Open Fund. This funding will enable us to deliver an exciting choral concert at Stoller Hall in July 2018, which will feature three newly commissioned works by composer Michael Betteridge, in collaboration with poet Andrew McMillan, alongside new arrangements of popular music, all around the theme of Making Manchester Your Home.