A group of singers from the Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir recently toured Ireland and the UK to perform in Europe’s largest GLBTI choral festival, Various Voices.
‘Performing in Dublin and Leeds was an exhilarating experience,’ said David Hardy, Choir President. ‘By taking part in a choral festival that attracted 2,500 singers from Europe, USA, China and Taiwan and Australia and New Zealand, we were able to connect with the global GLBTI community.’
Before Dublin, the Brisbane Choir was hosted by Gay Abandon, the LGBTIQ choir in Leeds in West Yorkshire, and attended the rehearsal of the Pink Singers in London. The Choir performed twice at the Dublin festival, on 13 June at the Mahony Hall, Dublin City University and on the next day, along with the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire, at Dublin City Hall.
‘Tim, our Music Director, developed an Australian program for our performances, and before two of our love songs, we noted that Australia and Ireland are the last English-speaking developed countries to achieve marriage equality,’ said Hardy. ‘We carried to the festival a message of support from Rodney Croome, National Director of Australian Marriage Equality. For our Dublin performances and at our next major concert, Pride does Broadway on 19 September, on the eve of Brisbane’s Pride Fair Day, we will dedicate our performance to marriage equality.’
The Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir is a non-auditioned choir, open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, queer and straight people who love to sing.
The Choir rehearses every Tuesday evening at the New Farm Library meeting room, 135 Sydney Street, New Farm. The next (Semester 2) intake for new singers begins on Tuesday, 8 July, and all are welcome.
The Choir will next perform at a free Christmas in July event to be held at Commercial Road Antiques Centre, 85 Commercial Road, Newstead on Sunday, 27 July at 5p.m. This is a fundraiser with prizes and songs and lots of fun.