Sing Out For Bristol Pride 2022

Wed, 6 Jul 2022

Our third Pride Fundraiser saw us take to the St George's stage in front of a sell-out audience, along with three other fantastic Bristol choirs.

This concert was memorable for several reasons. As well as being our first concert in three years, it was the final ever Sing Out Bristol performance for Rónán de Búrca as MD, after nearly 15 years with the choir.

It was also the first live stage appearance from Bristol Gay Men's Chorus (Rónán's new choir) who gave an amazing performance.

This concert finally saw us collaborate with Gurt Lush Choir, something that had been first discussed in 2010! This was also one of the final performances from the Bristol Man Chorus, who are disbanding this month.

And, finally we dedicated the evening to our much missed choir member, Gareth Lloyd who sadly passed away earlier this year, aged just 27.

The audience included special guests from Bristol Pride, The Lord Mayor and her consort, and former Lord Mayor, Peter Main, a good friend of Gareth Lloyd and long-time supporter of Sing Out Bristol.

The choir performances were interspersed with testimonies explaining the importance of Pride to individuals, including a member of Trans Pride South West and two members of Sing Out Bristol, Avery Hammett and Alfie Green. 

- Truly Brave
- Rise Up
- You've Got a Friend
- Hey Jude
- Purple Rain 
- Viva la Vida
- Save the World/Don't You Worry Child

"Well done tonight everyone. You sounded amazing. Like others have said it felt odd (and a little sad) to be in the audience and not up on stage with you. But I was immensely proud of what you have achieved under such difficult circumstances". - Helen Churchill

"OMG that was amazing!!!
You were fantastic and everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves. I felt so proud of you all and so moved in some of the songs. Thank you.
Thank you Rónán de Búrca so much for the last 15 years as our MD. You are amazing and will be missed.
Thank you Gena Rose for your support, being our Assistant MD and now for becoming our new MD
Thank you to the amazing Amy Brewer for her talent and skills on the piano
You should all be proud of yourselves
Lots of love Suzanne xxxx" -
Suzanne Doyle

"What a superb performance from you all tonight ??. You sounded absolutely amazing and did Ronan proud! ????  It felt a little sad not being up on stage with you all but I was singing along and doing the actions from my seat ?. Thanks to Ronan for his years of dedication and hard work making Sing Out Bristol the top quality choir it is today. All the best to Gena for carrying the baton for the next leg of the journey. It really was a wonderful evening ???" - Christine Hunt

"Alfieyour testimonial  was beautifully written and was much appreciated by all who heard it. Thank you x" - April Pye

"Just wanted to say thank you all so much for your kind words about my speech ? Sing Out really has been the most pivotal part of my journey and I couldn't have got up to talk about it without you all (literally and figuratively!) behind me" - Avery Hammett

Reponses to Avery's comment on social media from other choir members:
"I loved the honesty and the humour and admire you for standing proud and being brave to show us the person you are, which is a lovely amazing individual" - April Pye

Fantastic heartfelt speech Avery. Really inspiring and thank you for sharing xx" - Suzanne Doyle

"Well done, Avery. You came across really well - delighted that voices were given to B & T people from the LGBT+ community too." - Peter Spain

"You were Truly Brave, and honest - well done Avery. Xx???" - Hilary Miller

That's awesome!  Congratulations!" - Alfie Green

"So proud of you it was well thought out and very honest. Just pleased we have been able to help you to be true to yourself! ? ? ? ?? Xxx xoxo" - Rebecca Unwin

Here are the videos of our performance from the night. The quality isn't amazing as it's filmed on a phone from the back of the room, but it's enough to give you an idea of how we sounded (fabulous of course!). Purple Rain and Rise Up have extra footage and are edited from two angles. Watch each song individually or click here for full playlist

Testimonies - Avery & Alfie

Truly Brave

Rise Up

You've Got A Friend

Purple Rain

Hey Jude

Viva La Vida

Save The World/Don't You Worry Child (& Thank You speeches)

Over The Rainbow (Encore with all 4 choirs)


With thanks to Steven Elvins, Tom Feilding and Guy Keith-Miller for the images