Charlie Beale

This is the website of Dr Charles W. Beale, international choral director, jazz musician, clinician and speaker.

Charlie has worked extensively around the world as a choral conductor and jazz educator, performing, speaking and giving clinics in Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East, as well as the US and the UK.

As Chair of the External Relations Committee of GALA Choruses, he works to build relationships and networks with the leaders of other LGBTQ choral movements internationally, including Legato and Proud Voices Asia, with the goal of facilitating collaborations and festivals between regions of the world and individual choral groups.

Recent performing and clinician work has incuded:


In 2017, Charlie worked with Coro Gay Ciudad De México for the first time, when they appeared as guest stars with NYCGMC in New York City, and the two ensembles stood together for LGBTQ rights internationally. Since then, Charlie has returned to Mexico City three times, with the goal of supporting the five year old group, as they worked to become a new and exciting hub for LGBTQ singing in the region.

NYCGMC toured with them in Summer 2018 in Mexico in Summer 2018, and clinician work has included a session on Vision, Mission and Impact, a workshop on vocal jazz improvisation, and mentoring and support around managing a fast expansion from initially 35 to now around 100 singers.


At the 2013 'Out and Loud' Festival in Hobart Tasmania, Charlie worked with an all-Australia LGBT chorus conducted them in two sell-out concerts.

He also made a guest appearance in 2013 for OUP at the Maryborough Music Educators conference, running a chorus of elementary school teachers that Summer.

In 2002, he directed the London Gay Men's Chorus at the Sydney Opera House later that year, and at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC in 2005. For more on NYCGMC, see the dedicated page on Charlie's website here, or click here

Charlie did a series of jazz workshop tours from 1999 to 2002 in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.


Charlie was Music Director of the open-air ‘Big Gay Sing Trafalgar Square’ for the 2012 London Olympics.

Charlie is currently an active Practitioner member of the Association of British Choral Directors, for whom he has done several clinics and presentations over the years, most recently in Leeds in August 2012.


At the 2012 GALA Festival of LGBTQ choirs, Charlie conducted a chorus of 300 in ‘Big Gay Sing Denver’, to a sell-out audience of over 5000.

Recent workshops have included multiple appearances at GALA conferences, and day-long events guesting for choirs in the US, including the Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte, and work with the children of the Brooklyn Waldorf School in Bedford Stuyvesant, NY.


Charlie did several clinic tours of Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore in the early 2000s, working with large groups of up to 150 piano, woodwind and brass teachers, and designing 3 day courses that enabled them to improvise, play and later teach jazz to their beginner students.


After 'Jazz Piano from Scratch', 'Popular Voiceworks' (OUP), came out in January 2008, co-written with director, writer and singer Steve Milloy, and won the MRA award for ‘Best Pop Music Publication’ of 2008. 'Popular Voiceworks 2' was launched in August 2012.

He has also written a number of sets of arrangements for Faber’s acclaimed 'Choral Basics' series, including ‘Glee Volume 1’ (A selection of songs from Glee), ‘Voc ‘n’ Roll’ (songs sung by a cappella group ‘The Baseballs’), ‘Frankly Speaking’ (Frank Sinatra songs), ‘All that Jazz’ (a selection from Kander and Ebb’s ‘Chicago’), and ‘Disco classics 1 and 2’.  Arrangements of his have been performed by choirs and choruses across the UK and US, including San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus,  Seattle Men’s Chorus, Turtle Creek Chorale, Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus and Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus.