The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus Welcomes You

OUR MISSION:  To present quality entertainment, provide an opportunity for wholesome social interaction for our members, and present a positive image of the gay community in New Hampshire.

CHORUS NEWS

NHGMC unveils its new Chorus logo!

The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus is proud to announce the rollout of our beautiful new Chorus logo! This dramatic “majesty of mountain” image is the third logo in NHGMC’s 22-year history. Our 23rd fiscal year begins on July 1, 2020. Enjoy — and stay safe and healthy all. We love you, and we’ll all meet again. ❤️

A Letter to our friends and fans from our President:

May 26, 2020
 
Dear Members and Patrons,
 
First and foremost, it is our sincere hope that everyone is safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. For the first time in our  history, the New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus had to cancel its spring concerts. We miss being together, singing together, and performing for our audiences.
 
We have been in close communication with our rehearsal and performance venues for our 2020 holiday-concert performances and, in most cases, these venues will not be available for our chorus and our audiences to use until 2021. At this time, we are still evaluating our options, and we are committed to finding alternatives to live performances. We hope to have some information on these alternatives in the near future.
 
Each Tuesday, many of our chorus members have been able to meet virtually to both socialize and learn. This has been a great blessing for those who have participated.
 
The chorus has overcome many hardships in its 22-year history, and although this is the most difficult challenge we’ve ever faced … We  shall overcome!
 
We look forward to the day we can see all of you again!
 
Paul Botana-Gumbs

President 

New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus
 

PERFORMANCES CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Dear friends:  Due to our desire to protect the health and safety of our members and concert goers, and because of the public-assembly and social-distancing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus, the NHGMC has canceled all performances until further notice. Thank you for your patience. Please check this page again. We hope you and yours are well and safe.

Our 20th Anniversary CD available for download and purchase online!

Now you can purchase and download. our amazing new 20th Anniverary CD on iTunes and Spotify! Take us home with you. NHGMC’s most popular songs professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered in a professional studio. 

Thank you for making our 2019 Holiday Concert Series a great success!

Thank you to all our wonderful friends and fans for the large, enthusiastic turnouts for our smash-hit 22nd annual holiday concert series, Amid the Winter’s Snow, in Nashua, Portsmouth, Concord, and Manchester. Wonderful audiences! ❤️ Our popular concert series has slipped into history, but it’s never too early to save the dates for our Spring concert series, “Let Me Be the Music,” in Nashua (May 2), Manchester (May 3), Concord (May 16), and Portsmouth (May 17). For details, visit our Upcoming Performances page. Thank you all for keeping the beautiful music alive year after year. We love our fans. 🙂 ❤️

NHGMC performed for Mental Health Awareness Month and two assisted living centers in May, 2019

As a service to our communities, the men of NHGMC performed a complimentary concert in Concord on Tuesday evening, May 7, 2019, at Concord Community Music School’s Recital Hall, to commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month – sponsored by Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc. 

NHGMC performed at the State House again for Governor Chris Sununu and the Executive Council

On Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019, the NHGMC performed several songs for Governor Chris Sununu and the Executive Council at the New Hampshire State House, Concord. In 2018, the NHGMC made history when the Chorus performed inside the Capitol building for the first time, at the Governor’s personal invitation. Thank you, Governor Sununu. 

NHGMC performed at Congressman Chris Pappas’s swearing-in ceremony

On January 5, 2019, our Chorus sang the National Anthem and other inspirational songs at Congressman Chris Pappas’s swearing-in ceremony – at the Congressman’s personal invitation. The event was held at Mr. Pappas’s alma mater, Manchester Central High School. Thank you, Congressman. 

NHGMC in 2018 sang for Governor Sununu and Exec Council in a first historic performance inside the New Hampshire Capitol

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, NHGMC sang several songs for Governor Chris Sununu and his Executive Council inside the New Hampshire State Capitol! Governor Sununu, in commemoration of NHGMC’s 20th Anniversary, personally extended the invitation to the Chorus. A very historic, proud moment for our members, it’s the first time the Chorus has performed inside the Capitol — and Governor Sununu is the first New Hampshire Governor to extend the invitation to sing for our state government. It marks an important milestone in our history, given that this performance would have been unthinkable in NHGMC’s early years — or even as recently as 10 years ago — when acceptance of LGBT people in New Hampshire was scarce. To open the Council session, NHGMC performed three songs — the official state song, Old New Hampshire, as well as I Sing Out and Let the River Run.  Following the televised performance, the Governor read, and then presented Artistic Director Luc Andre Roberge with, a 20th Anniversary Commendation signed by the Governor and the five Council members. We thank Governor Sununu, the Council, and his staff for their warm welcome, hospitality, and recognition of our 20th Anniversary.

Old New Hampshire, Old New Hampshire
Old New Hampshire Grand and Great
We will sing of Old New Hampshire,
Of the dear old Granite State!

Thank you, Governor Sununu and Council, for your Commendation in 2018 honoring NHGMC on its 20th Anniversary

Last year, His Excellency, New Hampshire Governor Christopher T. Sununu, bestowed upon NHGMC a Governor’s Commendation, honoring the New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus on the occasion of our 20th Anniversary and for “bringing the joy of music to the citizens of New Hampshire in communities across the state.”


NHGMC, for the first time in its history, sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park for Boston Red Sox!

It was a night to remember — our Chorus, for the first time in its history, belting out the National Anthem at Fenway Park on June 9, 2017, to open the Boston Pride Night baseball game against the Detroit Tigers. And the Sox came from behind to win!  An exciting new milestone for NHGMC as well as a dream come true. Thanks to the Red Sox organization for inviting us. Thanks to our friends and fans for your support and all the compliments.

NHGMC featured on NH Chronicle – Channel 9 WMUR-TV

In December, 2018, WMUR-TV’s award-winning “New Hampshire Chronicle” re-aired a delightful feature story on the NH Gay Men’s Chorus and our 2016 holiday concert series, “Holiday Music to Warm the Heart.”  The Chronicle TV crew had interviewed many members and a few of our performances. WMUR’s description of the story:  “Singing out love and holiday cheer … For 19 years The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus has been sharing their voices, music, and message of acceptance and love with the people of New Hampshire.” The story originally aired on December 16, 2016.

 

NHGMC made history in 2016 performing on live, national television for Presidential candidates rally

It ranks as one of the most wonderful moments in the history of NHGMC. On February 5, 2016, our men belted out the national anthem and God Bless America on live, national television  — broadcast on C-SPAN from the Verizon Arena at the Democratic Party’s McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Celebration, featuring speeches by candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as Governors Hassan and Lynch, Senator Shaheen, and other dignitaries. Thank you NHDP for the invitation to sing at your event.  Thanks also to all in attendance and all who watched on television. We were so touched by your applause, praises, and kind words. Watch our guys in this C-SPAN video perform at this event.  Never in our 19-year history have we experienced anything quite like it. Enjoy.