The Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir has opened its door for new singers at the start of its 18th year performing in Brisbane and around the State.
‘It’s an exciting time to join us,’ said Katherine Richardson, Choir President. ‘We plan to perform around South East Queensland during the first half of 2015, beginning with Sunshine Coast Pride Festival at the Eumundi Markets on Saturday, 28 February.’
In 2015, the Choir will continue to dedicate all of its performances to marriage equality. ‘We donated profits from our two concerts in 2014 to Australian Marriage Equality to support its important work,’ said Richardson. ‘This year we will continue to champion this cause through our performances.’
The Choir is a non-auditioned group, open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, queer and straight allies who love to sing. They rehearse each Tuesday evening at the New Farm Library meeting room, beginning at 7.30pm. In 2013, the Choir also established a youth chorus, Young Pride.
Well, where do I start on my journey? Well the Von Trapp family would suggest “… at the very beginning, a very good place to start …”, but for your sake and my sanity we will skip a few pages. As a young child I found my love of singing in my Anglican church choir, it was great as I was a really shy kid who u couldn’t get boo out of but when I sang I was another person, much more content within my own skin. I grew up and didn’t sing formally for many years throughout my late teens and early adulthood but always sang at every opportunity to express my joy of life! You know … in the shower, in the car driving to work, whenever I could really. I always wanted to sing in a group but my shyness that’s still sat dormant inside me would prevent me from having the confidence to follow through; thankfully I have managed to socialise my shyness and take control.
Well as I am getting older I decided that I needed to step outside my comfort zone so I started googling choirs. I found a few but then I found a community gay choir. This choir really excited me as I came out later in life and I felt like I missed out on being involved in our community growing up. It seemed perfect for me as it provided the connection to our community and being able to singing with likeminded peers, with an added opportunity to promote equality for our community. I decided to email the choir and they responded really quickly which helped to ease my mind. A date was set for the first practice and I still remember how it went. I remember sitting in my car for 30 mins outside the choir address trying to build up the confidence to go inside. I just about drove away so many times, however I decided I must go in at least once … so I did and from the very beginning everyone was amazing and supportive. Time has gone on now and I live for choir lessons every week as well as seeing our amazing and diverse community coming together as one.
R. N. Fox
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.
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