We're very proud of the history of the choir, from the humble beginnings without a rehearsal venue through to today where we have nearly 150 paying members.
Around 450 people have been members of Sing Out Bristol at one time or another, and that doesn't include the many more who came along to a new members evening to check us out but decided not to sign-up.
With so many people involved, it's no wonder we've created such amazing memories along the way!
Below, is a full timeline of the choir's history. Click on the blue links to see more info, photos and videos of events.
Here is our Sing Out Bristol Timeline:
Two members of the disbanded Bristol Gay Chorus decide to start a new choir. One of those members, Lesley Welch, is still a member of Sing Out Bristol today.
They persuade a few friends and friends of friends to get involved and started rehearsing in each other's living rooms, until the size of the group means a proper rehearsal venue is needed. Jubilee Hall in Bedminster is chosen as the choir's first home.
The first informal performance from the choir celebrates a milestone birthday, and ten years later, we sang at her next milestone birthday! Will we be there for another, in 2028?
A year of firsts, starting with the choir electing its first committee and forming a constitution, the principles of which are still fundamental in today's version.
Our first performance takes place in Jubilee Hall, in front of an audience made up of friends and family, followed soon afterwards by a first public concert at Circomedia. in Portland Square.
We attend our first Various Voices (a worldwide festival for LGBT choirs, held every four years) in London, at Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre, which is opened by Sandy Toksvig and Lesley Garret (the latter with whom we share a warm-up session).
In August, we sing at our first Pride event in Swindon, and at our first wedding.
We start the year with another trip to London to join the Pink Singers at The Royal College Of Music in theirPink Chill concert
Back home, we are on the move, as the continually expanding membership means a larger rehearsal venue is needed, and we move across town to the more conveniently located venue we use today in central Bristol. Our first rehearsal in our new home takes place on March 2nd.
We open Bristol Pride for the first time, (as we have continued to do, every year since) and perform at The Hippodrome, prior to a showing of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as part of Pride Week
We also perform at Bristol's Gathering Voices(a festival for Bristol based choirs) at St Georges for the first time, in October and a small group from the choir appear on an episode of the Channel 4 programme, Come Dine With Me, as the post dinner entertainment.
2010 is also the year where social events start to become more prominent for the choir, with a summer picnic and a Christmas party.
2011 is a bumper year in our history, with two concerts in the space of four months (what were we thinking!!) 'Glamour' at The Redgrave Theatre in February, and our first major concert at St Georges, in June, where The Pink Singers are our special guests.
Finally, we sing at Cabot Circus in December as part of a day long event to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House, childrens charity, before moving across the road to The Phoenix pub for our end of year social.
In our busiest year to date, we perform at 10 different events (the most in any calendar year) and also reach 150 paying members (with over 100 at a rehearsal, for the first time)