Orlando shooting: Watch London Gay Men's Chorus sing 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' at Old Compton Street vigil

Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured many more at Pulse gay club on Sunday morning

Jess Denham
Tuesday 14 June 2016 14:57

Monday night saw hundreds of supporters of the LGBT community hold a moving vigil on Old Compton Street for victims of the Orlando shooting.

Among them were the London Gay Men’s Chorus, who performed a beautiful a cappella rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to a silenced crowd.

The London street, home to many of the capital’s most famous gay clubs, was packed with more than 600 people waving rainbow flags, laying flowers, holding candles and, later, singing uplifting songs of hope and love.

The outpouring of public support followed the worst mass shooting in US history in the early hours of Sunday morning, when homophobic gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured many more at Pulse gay club in Orlando, Florida.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were in attendance at the vigil, which saw 49 rainbow-coloured balloons released into the sky - one for each victim. It was then that the London Gay Men’s Chorus began to sing, followed by a defiant chant of: “We’re here, we’re queer, we will not live in fear”.

Vigils took place in a host of other locations around the UK and the world, with many global landmarks lighting up in the rainbow colours of the LGBT ‘freedom flag’.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in