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Investigation over complaint at choir.

Byline: Martin Shipton martin.shipton@walesonline.co.uk

THE Archdeacon of Llandaff says she is investigating allegations of homophobia within the cathedral's choir following a complaint made by one of its ex-members.

Last week, we reported how Dr Adam Poole said he considered himself to have been the target of homophobic bullying after a facetious script called Landaft was circulated.

Dr Poole said he found elements of the script which he took to refer to himself personally offensive.

In a letter to Dr Poole, Archdeacon Peggy Jackson, who is currently responsible for Llandaff Cathedral, said she would look in to his complaint.

A statement issued by a majority of choir members said: "Landaft was written exclusively by one singer and circulated, privately, amongst eight members of the choir in a spirit of fun and gentle humour as an expression of our camaraderie just like in any tightknit group of friends. "Any claims of homophobia and bullying are simply absurd; how could anyone take seriously a cast list that includes Barry Chuckle, Harry Styles and Ali G with a storyline based on the appointment of an androgynous Dean played by Eddie Izzard? "Furthermore, allegations of sexual stereotyping are equally nonsensical as the writer targeted celebrities for their physical resemblances to members of the Cathedral. Every member was caricatured, even the writer." Dr Poole responded: "I have to accept that I cannot change the nastiness this has exposed within Llandaff Cathedral Choir.

"However I expect Archbishop Barry [Morgan] to act, particularly given his supportive remarks about gays at the Mardi Gras.

"I do not believe that a group of people, meeting in the cathedral over the weekend, has any right to tell me how to feel or what emotional response I should have to Landaft.

"Only one person was labelled as a 'fool' and 'aars' and then stereotyped - that person was me."

Another choir member, Matthew Mudge, said: "The script was leaked to Adam and me by other members of the choir who were unhappy about its contents."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 14, 2013
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