London Gay Men’s Chorus is releasing a song to aid the victims of the Orlando shooting.
The gay men’s choir, who’s cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water at the London vigil went viral last week, will release a recording of the song on Friday.
Proceeds will be split equally between the Pulse Victims Fund, organized by Equality Florida, and Galop, a charity fighting to reduce LGBTI hate crime in the UK.
Simon Sharp, the LGMC artistic director, said: ‘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. 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.
‘We had recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water for our forthcoming album. 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.’
And John D Carrion, the chairman of the LGMC, added: ‘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. We understand how vital it is that the LGBT community has access to safe and supportive spaces – community groups such as the LGMC, bars and clubs – as a sanctuary.
‘A place to express yourself and your identity. A place to call home. 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.’
This digital-only release will be available to purchase or stream on all major platforms including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer and Tidal.