This Friday, the London Gay Men’s Chorus (LGMC), which is Europe’s largest male choir, is releasing a cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water, the 1970 hit song by Simon and Garfunkel. The song cover is in memory and in honor of the victims of the Orlando tragedy, and it will be available on all the major online platforms for downloading and streaming.
Galop, an organization that works to reduce hate crimes against LGBT in the UK, and the Pulse Victims Fund, will split proceeds from the song.
Simon Sharp, the LGMC’s Artistic Director commented: “The attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando sent shockwaves through the whole LGBT community. The LGMC responded in the only way we could: through song.”
The LGMC recently sang a live version in Soho, which has since been viewed millions of times online. Interestingly, the group had already recorded the song before the shooting even occurred; in fact, it was completed only a few hours before the incident in Orlando. But after the shooting, the LGMC realized the song had taken on a whole new meaning. Sharp explained: “We were truly overwhelmed by the public response to our performance at the Soho vigil and want to do everything we can to raise money for the victims of the Orlando attack and for victims of LGBT hate crime in the UK…. It’s a song that has taken on new meaning for us as a chorus but we hope it sends out a message of love and support to all of our LGBT brothers and sisters and our straight allies across the world,”
John Carrion, the Chairman of the LGMC, said: “The LGMC believes passionately that music has the power to heal and to inspire, to lift souls and to unite people in times of joy and sorrow…. The Orlando attack was an act of hatred directed towards the LGBT community and we want to combat this hate with a message of love, hope and solidarity. The response to our performance at the vigil has been incredibly overwhelming and humbling for all of our members.”
So don’t forget to purchase the song this Friday and support a great cause, not to mention a beautiful song.