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UK kids will sing to celebrate LGBT history

LGBT History Month in Birmingham will see schoolchildren join together to perform to politicians and celebrities
Students at Turves Green school learning the LGBT History Month anthem 'Say it Out Loud'.
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British school kids will be singing out to celebrate LGBTI history this month.

Over a hundred young people will perform a concert for politicians and celebrities to celebrate LGBT History Month 2014's theme of music.

The concert at the University of Birmingham will take place on 28 November at the Bramall Concert Hall, hosted by comedian Barbara Nice.

Both primary and secondary schools will perform in the celebration of diversity.

November is the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, and in the lead-up to February 2014 he and other LGBT composers and singers will be studied.

Elly Barnes, Birmingham LGBT adviser and event organiser, said: 'Schools’ participation in our Schools OUT community events are essential for demonstrating how young people engage with an inclusive curriculum and to show best practice in our Birmingham Schools'.

Inclusive music lessons will be offered, and workshops run for pupils of all ages. For secondary school pupils, these range from LGBT DJs and the history of disco, to discussions of sexuality and gender identity in Renaissance art.

Primary school pupils, led by Andrew Moffat and the Round Midnight theatre company, will learn about diversity through singing.

Schools OUT originally founded LGBT History Month, with the vision of ‘claiming our history, celebrating our present, and creating our future’, and making schools safe for LGBT people.

Stephen Hughes, the Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, remarked the city was 'very pleased to be hosting the national LGBT History Month launch event as it will give a platform to our schools to take part in workshops and say "no" to homophobia'.

The 120 children taking part will perform a wide range of pieces and styles, including musicals, arias, punk, cabaret, rock, pop, dance and classical.

Alongside them the Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra are also performing, and the cast of Rent. ‘Say it out Loud’, the LGBT History Month anthem, will be performed by Vix from Fuzzbox.

The evening begins at 6:30pm and tickets can be booked online in advance here, or may be available on the door. 

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