The organising team
Following their successful joint preparation and running of Monaccord, the south German lesbian and gay choir festival, in May 2006, the Munich-based lesbian and gay choirs have reunited into the same team. This loose cooperation serves for mutual support and promotion of the common interests of the lesbian and gay choirs in Munich. These include joint concerts, participation in »Christopher Street Day« (gay pride) parades, sharing of experiences, and our support of other choirs. Even before the founding of Monaccord we jointly organised Various Voices 1997. Together we are about 100 singers, and together we will welcome the LGBTI* choirs from Europe, North America and beyond to Various Voices in Munich in 2018.
The people behind Various Voices München
Andreas Kühler: Beach party and ship cruises
Birgit Hermann: Ukraine Project
Günther Launspach: Sponsoring
Julia Schmitt: Facebook, volunteers
Karl-Heinz Danner: Carmina Burana sing-along
Martin Gerrits: Gasteig, registration
Martin Glas: Finance
Martina Kohlhuber: Marketing, communication
Viktor Zemp: Accommodation
Artistic Director: Martin Wettges
Martin Wettges studied conducting in München, Cincinnati (USA) and Vienna. He was guest conductor for numerous orchestras, including Cape Town Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perù, Orquesta de la Ciudad de Lima, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Münchner Symphoniker. Currently he is chorus master and conductor at the Südthüringisches Staatstheater Meiningen. In the past Martin Wettges worked with various amateur groups at the opera festival in Mauritius, at the chorus and orchestra academy in Bressanone/Italy and at the ClassikArt Festival in Antananarivo/Madagascar (with Deutsche Oper Berlin).
The hosting choirs
Lilamunde Lesbenvokal is a small but impressive lesbian choir, founded in May 1993. We are lesbians, very different in age, style and hair length, but harmonious and »in tune« with each other. With lots of fun in singing, and the joy of music and performing, we sing and swing through various genres. Our repertoire ranges from well-known melodies, through classical choral repertoire, to numbers from musicals – there is something for each and every taste. But no text, and no subject, is sacred for Lilamunde…
Melodiva Lesbian Choir – songs, show and cabaret with a humorous and enigmatic view of lesbian life. We love singing all musical genres from pop and hit songs via rock and musicals to classical music and Bavarian mocking-songs (»diss tracks« or »battle rap«). Every two years we present a new full-length programme using a story we developed ourselves, our own texts and arrangements, lively choreography, a variety of stage sets, and costumes we designed and made ourselves. We present you a polyphony of 29 singers, a pianist and a cajón-[box drum]-player under the professional choir-leadership of Marja Giesen. Music and great entertainment for queers and straights!
Anyone who has seen the Philhomoniker live knows something is offered for both ears and eyes: sometime serious, sometimes lively, but mostly with a dose of humour and an ironic wink. This Munich gay choir is already over 20 years old, and much has changed during this time. From drag, dressing up and shows like »The Menopause of an Empress«, the Philhomoniker have developed into a choir which performs in many different genres. But what you will always find with the Philhomoniker is music with a plot, with costumes, and with choreography. The community of nearly 30 men is important to us: for many, the choir has become a part of their family and home. And we’re proud of that!
The Regenbogenchor (»Rainbow Choir«) has enhanced the lesbian and gay music scene in Munich since 2005 as a mixed ensemble. Its repertoire includes the widest variety of musical genres, from the early baroque through to the contemporary – and again and again, individual pieces lead the singers and the audience literally through the colours and moods of the rainbow. There are currently 25 singers in the choir, under the direction of Mary Ellen Kitchens.