University of Chester Choir
Proud Marys Choir
(Matt Baker Music Director)
St Mary's Creative Space, Chester
A Showcase concert
Tickets £7, payable at the door. Season Tickets for all five concerts are available: £20
Proud Marys is Chester’s LGBT+ choir. Since it exploded onto the city’s arts scene in 2018, the choir has entertained crowds, pride celebrations, civic functions, parties and corporate functions. Its contributions to Owain Wynne Jones’ BBC Big House Band during the first lockdown and the global online launch of ABBA’s first album in 30 years have enjoyed hundreds of thousands of views online.
Proud Marys’ membership is diverse, with more than 40 singers aged from 18 to 80 and from all sections of our wonderful LGBT+ community. Led by musical director Matt Baker, the choir has continued to thrive during the pandemic, but is now excited to be returning to in-person performances.
The University of Chester, founded in 1839 as Chester College, is one of England’s oldest Higher Education institutions. The beautiful sandstone University Chapel was constructed by students and remains the focal point for acts of worship and the base for the University Choir. The choir comprises a friendly community of students, alumni, staff and friends of the University who learn and perform an eclectic range of music both for University occasions and in the wider Chester community and beyond. Following a long period of online activity during which the choir made several music videos and recordings, members have been delighted to be back to real live performance, including a trip to Canterbury Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral to join other University Choirs in performances of Vivaldi, Monteverdi and other composers.