Melo'Men is an amateur male voice choir, consisting of approximately fifty singers, gay and gay-friendly.
Established in 1994 as the Paris International Gay Choir, it changed its name to Melo'Men in 1996.
The repertoire focuses on classical music, however the choir is extremely versatile and contemporary music or variety both play a significant part in the choir's concerts.
Each season, the choir has achieved great public recognition and appreciation due to the quality of its artistic execution, and the choir frequently performs in locations across France and abroad.
Faithful to its core values of community engagement, Melo'Men often participates in commemoration and remembrance services, festivals, and also supports other charities and associations.
Originally from the UK, John Dawkins studied music in Reading. He studied piano under Eric Parkin and conducting under Brian Fawcett. In 1991, three years after moving to France, he becomes assistant conductor of the Francoise Legrand Men's Choir. In 1996, he joined Melo'Men as conductor. His teaching and artistic skills were soon recognised by the First Prize at the "Coups de Choeurs" competition in 2001, then in 2006 with a Silver Medal at the Montreal Out Games competition. In 2002, he was involved in the creation of the Rainbow Symphony Orchestra, the first gay and lesbian symphonic orchestra in France, which he still conducts today. Since 2005, he has taught English lyrical diction to the Paris Young Choir within the Paris National Music Academy. John is also a frequent composer, produces arrangements and piano accompanist.
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We have people from many different nationalities in the choir so even if you do not speak French fluently, feel free to contact us for more information on singing with us.