We're very proud of the history of the choir, from the humble beginnings without a rehearsal venue through to today where we have over 100 paying members.
Over 500 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..
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)
We manage to hold a social event every month and launch a monthly newsletter magazine for choir members, picking up the Best Performance Group, once again at the Shout Out Awards.
Our spin-off group, Little Sing Out also perform at two weddings, one of which being our own Concert Director's.
On top of all the performances we give, we also decline just as many, proving that Sing Out Bristol is now the 'go to' choir for LGBT and other events in the south west.
Our 10th anniversary year and to celebrate we launch this website and perform our annual concert X-10 Years OfSing Out Bristol twice, on consecutive nights at St Georges, in April, with guest choirs on both nights
This was quickly followed just two weeks later, with a week long visit to Munich for the biggest Various Voices festival to date. We performed in the prestigious Gasteig on the Friday and in one of Munich's many public squares, Odeonplatz on the Saturday. to two very appreciative and enthusiastic audiences
Upon returning from Munich, we hold an EGM to adopt a new Constitution, in order to better refect the way the choir is now run
In June we hold another New Members Welcome social and host the premiere of our first professional concert video X-10 Years Of Sing Out Bristol at the Everyman Cinema, prior to the DVD going on sale.
We end June with a performance at Southmead Hospital for The Great Brunel Buskathon, and in July, once again open Bristol Pride in the Lloyds Amphitheatre
In October, we hold what has now become an annual vocal workshop with the talented Helen Porter, before bringing another busy year to a close with 2 performances in one day for the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day in Cabot Circus and The Watershed, after which we hold our end of year social in the same venue.
After the success of 2018’s concerts, we again performed our annual concert, ICONS over two nights in late May/early June
A few weeks later we are back at St Georges to host our first Pride Fundraiser featuring guest acts, as part of Pride Fortnight, which we help launch at a special flag raising ceremony on College Green to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We perform at the biggest ever Bristol Pride on Durdham Downs.