Take 15 Brisbane singers and 2 musical directors, set them on the apple isle still crisp from winter and ask them to perform with GLBTI choirs from around Australia. That’s where you’ll find magic… and a few other things we found along the way like a new Tasmanian queer choir, QTAS, a devilish flu, new and old friends from the Out and Loud festival of GLBTI choirs that come together every three years, and appreciative audiences at Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), at Federation Hall and even during the Sunday Farmers’ Market.
Below are a few reminiscences from the group of their time at the Out and Loud Festival in July 2013, as part of Hobart’s Festival of Voices. Images are by travelling spouse and tour photographer Tjeerd.
My experience in Tasmania was an inspiring and positive one, shared with quality people in beautiful surroundings. My favourite memory was singing in MONA, not just with our gorgeous choir, but also with all the participants of the weekend!
Unexpected journey gave me so much more. Unbelievable moment when we all sang as one. Unknown experience gave me so much to learn. Unforgettable lesson when our hearts beat as one.
My favourite memory was the majestic moment when strangers' voices unite to take over the world with beautiful music.
Singing in the massed choir was amazing - that just sent chills down my spine... knowing I was with other people giving a message that "Hey it's fine to be who you are and we are here to support you in your journey."
I loved the way Charlie Beale challenged our voices and got such an amazing sound out of us. It was a beautiful feeling to make great music with such a huge group of GLBTI singers!
Our choir performed at the Annerley Community Bookshop for our Big Gay Irish Day. We celebrated St Patrick's Day with Brisbane folk band Eurotone Crisis. It was an afternoon filled with bookshop patrons enjoying Irish tunes and buying books in support of this joint fundraiser for both our choir and the community bookshop.