Out Choir Festival

Out Choir Festival


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World Outgames 2009 proudly presents
The Out Choir Festival

Imagine being able to spend nine fabulous days at the height of the Danish summer celebrating the joy of song together with hundreds of singers from the international LGBT community.

From 25 July to 2 August 2009 you can experience an amazing week of professional singing coaching, choral competitions, open-air concerts and lots of social gatherings.

Come to Copenhagen loud and proud, and be part of the global LGBT celebration that is World Outgames 2009, with tournaments in 38 sports disciplines, the World Outgames Human Rights Conference and a fantastic international cultural program.

As part of World Outgames, singers in the Out Choir Festival will have endless opportunities to make new friends, sing new songs – for fun, parties, networking, romance and touching people through song.

Out Choir Festival, World Outgames 2009 - definitely something to sing about!

Preliminary program

The preliminary program includes:

  • Opening event with one of the festival's conductors Morten Kjaer.
  • Five days of choir workshops with professional conductors.
  • Open-air choir concerts.
  • The Out Choir Competition at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory.
  • Out Choir Gala Concert & afterparty.
  • Socializing.

See the preliminary program.

Opening Event

The perfect opportunity to meet all the Out Choir participants. This kick-off event is hosted by one of the Out Choir conductors Morten Kjaer, who will be inviting you to make music, rhythms and sing together for the first time at World Outgames.

Festival Choirs - workshops

The Out Choir Festival choirs will be comprised of the festival participants. You can join two of the three Festival Choirs:  

  • Musical 
  • Pop/jazz 
  • Gospel/World

Each Festival Choir will have a professional conductor and rehearse 3-4 songs to be presented at the Out Choir Gala Concert. Festival Choir workshops are from 9.00 – 12.00 in the morning and 13.00 - 16.00 in the afternoon. All workshops will be held in English.

Read more about the three conducters.

Open-Air Concerts

Individual choirs will be scheduled for 20-30 minute outdoor concerts during the week in central Copenhagen venues.

Each choir chooses their own concert repertoire, including one or two songs from their home country.

Out Choir Competition

10 choirs can enter the choir competition on the evening of Wednesday 29 July. In the competition each choir will sing:

  • A 20 minute program from the choir’s own repertoire
  • "10.000 Nights of Thunder" by Alphabeat for the choirs free arrangement and interpretation.

An appointed professional committee will select the winning choirs of the competition. The criteria for selecting the winning choirs will be announced at a later date.

Gala Choir Festival Concert & Afterparty

The three Festival Choirs present their results on stage for the public. After the concert all the participants, conductors and musicians are invited to an afterparty.

Social Events

During the Out Choir Festival there will be plenty of opportunity to socialize with other choirs and singers. And don’t forget that there’s a whole city program of World Outgames events and parties.


Peter1World Outgames has appointed a new Out Choir Festival Manager, Peter Bom, whose main goal is to make the Out Choir Festival worth your while, and to make sure that you have a great time in Copenhagen.

That means highly skilled conductors, professional locations for the workshops, a nice atmosphere for rehearsals, social gatherings that will bring us all closer together – and of course great venues for the concerts.

The Out Choir Festival is organised in collaboration with The LGBT Choirs of Copenhagen.

Register now

To participate in the Out Choir Festival you have to register. Read more on how to register.

The price of participating in the Out Choir Festival is 1,500 DKK per person. Use the currency converter to find the price in your own currency.

The price does not just cover the cost of your participation in the Out Choir Festival, but your participation in the entire nine-day World Outgames program. See the section on registration and prices for more about what you get for your money. 

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