Brisbane queer choir returns from Europe's largest LGBTI choral festival
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,” says choir president David Hardy. “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 June 13 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,” Hardy says.
“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 choir rehearses Tuesday evenings at the New Farm Library meeting room,
135 Sydney Street, New Farm. Intake for new members is now underway.
The choir will next perform at a free 'Christmas in July' event at the Commercial Road Antiques Centre, 85 Commercial Rd, Newstead on Sunday, July 27 at 5pm.