Charlie Beale

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

Appearance on Mimi Chan's 'Culture Chat' Podcast

Last month, I did a long interview with Mimi Chan, on her ground-breaking ‘Culture Chat’ podcast.

She was a fantastic interviewer, listened hard, and asked great questions. I am so often unsatisfied with how I sound on tape! It comes out cringeworthy, stuffy and ‘British’ to my ears. But listening back, this time I think I managed to articulate why I do what I do with some clarity and humor. It was actually funny in places. I hope you enjoy it!

Vision-Mission workshop with Coro Gay Ciudad De México (and a little jazz too!)

In late May 2018, I was honored to be given the chance to do a workshop with a very special group, Coro Gay Ciudad de México. I rehearsed them in some of their material for the up-coming show, did some jazz improvising with them because it was something different, and then we did a Vision and Mission workshop, which turned out to be especially impactful.

At NYCGMC, our vision and mission has changed a bit over the years, but we know broadly who we are and why we do what we do. We experience the sense of community these groups can engender, we own that ours does that, and we tell each other that it does all the time. Likewise, we know that by our very existence, and through the songs we sing and the places we choose to express ourselves, we advocate for LGBTQ equality in the world.

It was in the final plenary, that I saw light bulbs begin to come on. There were tears and many hugs, as they articulated to each other publicly, often for the first time, how much the group meant to each of them since it started, how it had begun to change them as people, and how close they had become. I was able to experience once again the power of singing in the world, and help others to do the same. A good day ...

Una experiencia extraordinaria la vivida ésta noche... gracias Charles Beale por el regalo tan hermoso que has traído ésta noche al #CGCDMX
— Danny Vasquez, Mexico City Gay Men;s Chorus, May 22nd 2018 (Facebook)
Thank you, Charles. A night of much learning.
— José Víctor Cuevas 22nd May 2018, Facebook

It's all about impact ...

Stuart Perez is one of the bravest NYCGMC members I know.  I met him for the first time in 2009, when he joined NYCGMC. We were preparing our show about crystal meth addiction, and I knew this had been an issue for him. At the time 1/3 of new HIV infections in New York CIty were coming from gay men using meth.

He was generous enough to share his experience with me many times during the show's development, as I tried to get inside the world of meth. Key to our show, he was also brave enough to share with our singers during the show rehearsals, and with the audience during the show itself.

7 years on, I see this Facebook post today. I am so grateful for his kind words about me personally. As you can see from the photo below (used with permission), he is now thriving and our Chorus was clearly (and literally) a life-saver for him. You never know when singing can make a difference!

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'Sing Up' article

'Sing Up', the UK's premier organization for singing in schools, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. I am delighted to have had my set of teacher's notes included in their 10th Anniversary magazine, on how to teach their arrangement of 'Celebration' by Kool and the Gang'. Here is page 1:

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Check out SingUp here for more information. nad thik about subscribing to their songbank for thousands of song arrangements tailor made to your curriculum needs.