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  • Various Voices 2021 Virtual Choir Festival - A Spring Affair SAT Apr 24
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 21 Apr 2021
    Various Voices 2021 Virtual Choir Festival - A Spring Affair SAT Apr 24
    This Saturday is the first Virtual Various Voices - 'A Spring Affair' and we are part of the show.
    
    All the details you need are below, but be aware the concert starts at 6pm BST (7pm Central European time) 
    
    If you can't make it on Saturday, the whole event will remain on YouTube to watch at your leisure 
    after the event finishes.
    


    54 choirs, 4 hours 
    and 28 minutes of amazing performances! 

    Get the party started!

     
    Thank you all so much for your contributions to Legato's first Virtual Choir Festival "Spring Affair" . We are overwhelmed by the huge amount of participating choirs around the world. Thank you so much for 21 gigabytes (!) Of wonderful material.
    We really appreciate the time you have put into your videos which we happily linked together to create more than 4 hours of music , fun and togetherness, even if we still have to be apart for now.You can look forward to seeing glorious performances on stage , when life seemed to be so easy, heartbreaking recordings during Covid time, put together by technical wizards and videos filled with joy and so much fun… Invite your family and friends to join for the premiere performance of "Spring Affair" on our YouTube Channel - order a large pizza or prepare some extraordinary dishes to celebrate the creativity of our member choirs and some amazing guests from Asia and the US

    How does it work?

    The premiere of the video starts at 7 pm Central European Time (CET +1) on Saturday, April 24, 2021 on our YouTube Channel YouTube.com/c/legatochoirs . Just hit the play button and enjoy!  
     
    Want to share it with your Choir members, family & friends, here's the link: https://youtu.be/TXlc8l64brQ
     
    During the premiere it will not be possible to go forward, but you can pause and go back - after the video has been shown completely you can play it as often as you like, go forward and backward, order more Pizza, drinks…: - )

    So let's unveil who's on the playlist

    Sing out Brussels!
    2. Barcelona Gay Men's Chorus
    3. Barcelona Rainbow Singers
    4. Monadessa Munich Project Choir
    5. Voces por la Tolerancia
    6. Edinburgh Munich Ukraine EMU video project
    7. Cromatica Chorus
    8. Krakofonia
    9. Brighton Gay Men's Chorus
    10. Philomonic
    11th European Queer Choir
    12. Beijing Queer Chorus
    13. Rozenkoor
    14. Galakoor
    15th Gay Lesbian Choir Cologne
    16. Le Chœur Gay de Toulouse
    17. Les Genevoix
    18th podium Paris
    19. Voces LGBT de Madrid
    20th Rainbow Choir Munich
    21. Komos Coro LGTB di Bologna
    22. Tapala note
    23. Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus
    24. Barberfellas
    25. Voces Gaudii
    26. Rainbow chorus
    27. The WEIBrations 
    28. Out 'n loud
    29. Checcoro
    30. Rainbow Sound Orchestra Munich
    31. Quire Belfast LGBT Singers
    32. Pink Singers
    33. Sing Out Bristol
    34. Parruccoro
    35. Stranivari
    36th Choir +
    37. The Good News Female Gospel Choir
    38. Dissolute lesbians
    39. Choreos
    40. Roma Rainbow Choir
    41. London Gay Men's Chorus
    42. Canon Inverso
    43. MenAlive, Orange County Gay Men's Chorus
    44. Melodiva
    45. Cincinnati Men's Chorus
    46. Bristol Gay Men's Chorus
    47. Maneuver
    48. The Sunday Boys
    49. Gemengd Dameskoor Groningen
    50. Deep C Divas
    51. Musica Lesbiana
    52. Out Aloud
    53. Qoro
    54. Homonics
    So it's worth waiting and celebrating :-) 

    We hope you enjoyed every minute

     
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    We will feature the best in next month's newsletter and in social media.

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  • Getting To Know You - Episode Seven
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 9 Apr 2021
    Getting To Know You - Episode Seven
    Here's episode 7 in our Getting To Know You series, which premiered during Tuesday's Zoom event.

    This month, Lindsey chats to fellow Assistant MD, Gena (Orgena) Rose about her amazing career prior to joining Sing Out Bristol, which saw her tour the world, performing at some prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall and on Broadway.

    It's a great interview with some fabulous archive footage.

    Next month, Lindsey will be chatting to BAFTA nominated tv editor and occasional movie director, Darren Flaxstone (this is a change to the caption at the end of Episode 7, which states that Emma Beeston would be the next subject - Emma's video will now be shown at the beginning of June).
    YouTube Video URL:
  • Sing Out Bristol's Game Show Rip-Off: Episode One
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 9 Apr 2021
    Sing Out Bristol's Game Show Rip-Off: Episode One


    If you were at Tuesday's Zoom event, you'll have seen our latest social video 'experiment'.  Recorded as a one-off at the time, this half hour video saw the four section coordinators compete against each other in a Richard Osman's House Of Games (BBC2 6pm weekdays) style quiz, which we've called The Game Show Rip-Off.

    It proved surprisingly entertaining to watch, so we're open to the idea of doing more and keeping a leader board of how each section does.  If you'd like to take part in a future episode, get in touch (info@singoutbristol.org..uk). We need one person from each section.  Although we'll be tackling other quiz show formats in the future, our next episode will stick with the House Of Games format, as there are plenty of other rounds that we haven't covered yet.

    If you weren't at Tuesday's session, take 30 minutes out of your day and watch the first episode below and see how well you would have done.  We need to say a massive thanks to Ian, Jo, Stephen and Suzanne for taking part so enthusiastically and representing their sections and to Vince for acting as the glamorous assistant off-screen, keeping score.
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  • Bristol Pride to Continue LGBT Bristol's Directory of Organisations
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 9 Apr 2021
    Bristol Pride to Continue LGBT Bristol's Directory of Organisations
    When their funding was cut last year, Bristol lost a valuable resource in LGBT Bristol.  One of the projects they ran was to maintain a directory of organisations providing services to the LGBTQ+ community in the Bristol area.

    Bristol Pride announced this week that they have taken over the maintenance of this useful resource.

    You can find the directory below (either browse the list or search by key word.  As you'd expect, your favourite choir is on the list, of course. It's worth bookmarking this webpage as you never know when it may come in useful.

    ORGANISATIONS DIRECTORY

    VENUES AND NIGHTCLUBS

  • From The Archive - Week 42
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 10 Mar 2021
    From The Archive - Week 42
    Another social event this week.  Two years ago we took another trip to the cinema.
     

    SOCAL: Everybody's Talking About Jamie |  March 6th 2019 | Everyman Cinema




    Thanks to one of our members being the manager of a cinema, at the time (cheers Darren Armstrong), we were able to offer our members a free showing in the Everyman Cinema in Clifton of Everyone's Talking About Jamie, which was being streamed from The Apollo Theatre, London nationwide at a cost of £18 per ticket to the general public.



    A great evening with a chance to mix socially away from choir rehearsals and pressures of the forthcoming ICONS performance.



  • From The Archive - Week 41
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 5 Mar 2021
    From The Archive - Week 41
    This week we head re-visit 2017 when we headed across The Severn for our first performace in Cardiff.  Four years ago, yesterday we supported South Wales Gay Mens Chorus for their spring concert...
     

    SOUTH WALES GAY MENS CHORUS GO STATESIDE | 4TH MARCH 2017 | ROYAL WELSH COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DRAMA 

    We were delighted to receive an invitation from our friends, The South Wales Gay Mens Chorus to appear alongside them at the prestigious Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, in Cardiff.

    Many choir members decided to make a weekend of it and booked a B&B or hotel and the entire weekend was an experience we'll all remember.

    The theme of the concert was Stateside and we chose 8 songs from our current repertoire at the time (leading up to our 50 Shades of Gay concert), which we performed either side of the mid evening interval.

    Big Yellow Taxi
    Purple Rain
    Kiss From A Rose
    Nights in White Satin
    The Rainbow Connection
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Gold (from the movie Once)
    Briefcase Full Of Blues


    We don't have any photos or recordings from the concert itself (except for one of our hosts performing), but there are plenty of other pics and one performance video (LSO) in the gallery (click on the images below to view).



    Here's a summary slideshow from the weekend featuring the photos and video from the gallery
     
  • BONUS From The Archive II
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 5 Mar 2021
    BONUS From The Archive II
    A few weeks back we brought you a bonus FTA  of the day the Sopranos filmed their section video for our 50 Shades Of Gay concert. Four years ago last week, it was the turn of the Tenors to film theirs. A similar approach taken, with powder paint and a specially choreographed piece by Dawei, saw the tenors take to Brandon Hill park for a day's filming - much to the bemusement of the many passers-by.

    Also, on the same day, a brave group of Altos got together to film their video.

       

    CLICK ON ANY IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOS AND VIDEOS FROM THE DAY.
    THE FINISHED VIDEO WILL BE SHOWN ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHERS IN A FEW WEEKS TIME

    ALTOS


    TENORS






     
  • Getting To Know You - Episode Six
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 3 Mar 2021
    Getting To Know You - Episode Six
    For our latest GTKY, we turn the spotlight on our long standing multi-talented MD. Rónán discusses his early years growing up in a very conservative Ireland in the 1970s, through to his time with Sing Out Bristol.

    We hear about his love of classical music, his three favourite pieces of music and he finally reveals his favourite choir songs. There's also a lovely treat for music fans at the end.

    Not to be missed.

     

    LINKS TO RÓNAN'S SONG CHOICES
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow 
    Clair de Lune
    Ebben? Né Andro Lontana 
     
  • From The Archive - Week 40
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 25 Feb 2021
    From The Archive - Week 40
    We hinted at this FTA in last week's email, after an Instagram post from our hosts mentioned we were the last group to sing in the chapel.  So here's the full story of the day we went to a prison for the first time:
     

    OUTREACH: HM PRISON SHEPTON MALLET LGBT HISTORY MONTH PERFORMANCE

    Tuesday 28 February 2012


    To mark LGBT History Month, we were invited to perform at Shepton Mallet prison by their GBT society, 'Inside Out' to promote acceptance of and offer support to gay, bisexual and transgender inmates.  Our audience consisted of inmates, officers and volunteer prison visitors and was very well received. At the time the prison was the oldest operating jail in the UK, opening in 1625 and steeped in history, with many accounts of ghost sightings over the years. As far as we know, we were the first (and possibly only) LGBT choir to sing in a prison.

    The evening comprised of our performance in the prison chapel, followed by refreshments and a tour of the working prison, which was both fascinating and very eery.  The Great British weather played its part by shrouding the prison in thick fog, meaning our visit to the gallows and unmarked graves in the grounds of the prison was nothing short of terrifying - listening to our guide tell us of the long list of previous inmates who met their end at the hands of this grisly apparatus, all while fingers of icy cold fog wrapped themselves around this naive group of gay singers nervously looking over their shoulders into the murky darkness.



    Being a working prison, no photographs or recordings were permitted, so you'll just have to take our word for it that the evening was thoroughly fantastic and yet another example of the varied and diverse history of this amazing choir.   

    We based our performance on the One In Ten concert (click the blue link to see performances of all the songs from that concert), which we had performed a few weeks earlier and featured in From The Archive, earlier this month.  We performed 8 songs and introduced them with amended speeches about the LGBT history from the decade the songs featured in.

    As mentioned, the prison was open and working at the time but it closed the following year and has since operated as a tourist attraction for the area; although controversial plans have recently been approved to convert the derelict areas into accommodation and community spaces.  The prison recenty tagged our performance in an Instagram post to their followers (although they did get the year wrong!!):

    SHEPTON MALLET INSTAGRAM POST 19TH February, 2021



    RUNNING ORDER AND SCRIPT

    CERI: Hello and good evening.  It’s wonderful to be here this evening in one of our most unusual of performance venues and we’re delighted to be able to perform a version of a concert we did a couple of weeks ago. For those of you that haven’t heard anything about us before, we are Sing Out Bristol We are the largest lesbian gay bisexual and transgender choir in the south west  - and one of the biggest in the UK. Tonight we are here this evening in conjunction with LGBT History month, representing the much quoted one in ten of the population who identify as LGBT.

    KARL: Less than a lifetime ago people of marginalised sexualities lived in fear and silence. They had no voice. Tonight we will celebrate the story of how that voice was found, starting our journey in the 1950s, a time when being LGB or T meant a careful life of secrets. At that time in Britain alone, thousands of men a year were prosecuted and imprisoned because of their sexuality. But things were about to change.

    CERI: This undercurrent of change took place to a soundtrack of big numbers and melancholic ballads but our first number features no melancholy. I hope you’re all feeling a little pretty and witty and gay....we are Sing Out Bristol.!
    Choir sings West Side Story medley
     
    Written Name Release Duration Style Accompaniment Movement Formation Choir
    1957 Westside Story Medley 1957 00:08:15 Upbeat Piano Yes BAST ALL

    KRISTINA: Moving up the tempo a little, we’re now going to the swinging 1960s- the decade of the Beatles, JFK, flower-power and the birth of the grass-roots gay rights movement. June 1969 saw an unconstitutional police raid on a New York gay nightclub turn into what would become known as the Stonewall Riots. For the first time, members of the LGBT community rose up together in protest to their treatment by the authorities - The riots were the starting pistol for gay activism. In Britain, acts of love between consenting men over 21 were decriminalised in England and Wales. A victory that was the first step towards equality. With our next number, written for the musical Sweet Charity, we’re going to put a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet as we sing an adapted version of Rhythm of Life.
     
    Written Name Release Duration Style Accompaniment Movement Formation Choir
    1966 Rhythm of Life 1969 00:03:30 Upbeat Piano Yes TSBA ALL
    1965 Feelin' Good 1965 00:02:30 Upbeat A Cappella Yes STBA ALL
                       
    EMMA: In the 1970s ‘the love that dare not speak its name’ became the love that wouldn’t shut up! 1970 saw the first Gay Pride March take place- an annual event that is now celebrated all over the world. The 80s saw some early victories- decriminalisation finally extended to Scotland and Northern Ireland and Britain had its first out gay MP.  But the shadow cast over the 80s by HIV and AIDS was something that would change the LGBT community forever. However, our community campaigned for increased funding into research and education and for protection against discrimination. A personal and social tragedy of immense proportions, HIV and AIDS paradoxically strengthened the political arm of the gay movement. Our song for this era, while written during the 1970s was also a hit in the 90’s, feel free to sing along if you know either version.
     
    Written Name Release Duration Style Accompaniment Movement Formation Choir
    1976 Could It Be Magic 1992 00:04:00 Upbeat Piano Yes STBA ALL

    MATTHEW:  We’re now up to the 1990s which the lobbying group Stonewall, established in 1989, leading campaigns for not only the repeal of Section 28 but greater equality for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people in all aspects of the law. The age of consent was lowered to 18 which was an improvement but still not equality. Internationally, I was delighted that after over 30 years of suffering from the mental health illness which the World Health Organisation called homosexuality, in 1990 I was cured; they declared that it was not an illness after all. This decade gave some confidence and voice back to people. The 90s were also a time of musical change and we’ve chosen some lyrically beautiful ballads to celebrate the 1990s, many of which have become almost timeless.
     

    Written
    Name Release Duration Style Accompaniment Movement Formation Choir
    1997 Make You Feel My Love 1997 00:03:50 Mellow Piano Yes SATB ALL
    1992 Long Day Closes 1992   Mellow A Cappella No SATB ALL
    1997 Angel 1999 00:05:30 Mellow A Cappella No STBA SMALL ENSEMBLE

    PETE: Somebody once said 'history never feels like history when you're living through it' but the first decade of the 21st century saw some truly historic landmarks reached for the British LGBT community.  The long-fought campaign for an equal age of consent was finally won and the ban on lesbians and gay men serving in the armed forces was lifted. Equal adoption rights for same-sex couples and the introduction of Civil Partnerships are a few examples of how our families and relationships now receive greater legal recognition. Our community now has the loudest voice it has ever had but there are many who are still to find it. Homophobic crimes and prejudice in the UK is still a reality and in other parts of the world LGBT communities and campaigners face fundamental challenges. In six countries, homosexuality is still punishable by life imprisonment; in ten others, it still carries the death penalty. Tonight our voices are their voices too. This will be our last song.
     
    Written Name Release Duration Style Accompaniment Movement Formation Choir
    2007 Shine 2007 00:04:20 Upbeat A Cappella Yes S-A-T-B ALL

    CERI & KARL: Thanks  - ENCORE - We Are Family




    18 months after this performance, former choir member Mike Burgess, who was then volunteering at Bristol's LGBT+ Forum sent us this message:
     
    "Hi Sing Out,
     
    I received a touching reminder of what singing with Sing Out Bristol is all about this morning. As part of my role within the LGBT forum I receive many letters and emails from people seeking help and advice concerning their journey of coming to terms with their sexuality. Today I got a letter from a man currently in Leyhill prison, inside the system for 6 years – who came out within the system – and has campaigned from the inside for acceptance and support. He has set up successful support groups in every establishment he has stayed in – and is particularly proud that he (Inside Out) was involved in getting ‘Sing Out Bristol’ to Shepton Mallet – which he described as ‘a fantastic concert’!! As a member of that troupe of singers that braved that night – confirmation that it meant so much to him (and others there too) made me feel all weepy inside. I’d really like you to pass this on to all who were involved."

     

    As a consequence of this contact, we went on to perform at Leyhill Prison for their Pride event in 2017 and ahead of that performance, we again received a message from another inmate who was Shepton Mallet at the time and later transferred to Leyhill:

    "Thank you for agreeing to perform for us on May 29th – Leyhill Pride Day.

    I was one of the organisers of your concert at HMP Shepton Mallet and I have been trying to get you to Leyhill ever since!
     
    Leyhill Pride is a day of LGBT celebration held at the end of LGBT Awareness Month at Leyhill prison. The whole month is intended to increase awareness of LGBT issues facing prisoners and the wider community, and to promote a culture of tolerance and respect in prison.
     
    This is our second year of staging this high profile and unusual (in a prison setting anyway) event. Last year was very successful but this year we plan to be bigger, better, bolder, brighter and gayer!
     
    Our goal is to build a lasting, though rolling LGBT community within Leyhill, to strengthen ties with the wider community and to grow into a prison where all LGBT people feel comfort

  • From The Archive - Week 38
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 12 Feb 2021
    From The Archive - Week 38
    This week we had a choice - one year ago we held our last official physical event (away from our rehearsal venue) before lockdown, when we joined UWE LGBT+ society and the UWE singers for a joint rehearsal at 'their place', but we covered that in the recent review of the year, so instead, let's head back 9 years to 2012...
     

    One In Ten Concert | Victoria Rooms | February 4th 2012

    Our first performance at the Victoria Rooms, which first opened to the public in May 1842 and for many years served as the most important and lively cultural centre in the West of England,.playing host in 1852 to Charles Dickens!

    The name 'One In Ten'  came from the widely acknowledged statistic that around 10% of the population are LGBT+.  The set list was split into decades, with each section preceeded by a brief spoken introduction, charting the significant events in the decade affecting LGBT culture.


    Click on the titles in blue to view the videos. The introduction speeches are worth a listen for their content, as well.
    Alternatively you can view the wole concert as a YouTube playlist here.

    Prelude

    Mravaljamier    1914    (this was performed in complete darkness, so not much to see, but it sounds fab)
    The 1950s:
    Introduction 
       
    Westside Story Medley    1957
    Every Time We Say Goodbye    1950    
    The 1960s:
    Introduction    

    Rhythm of Life    1969
    Feelin' Good    1965
    River Deep Mountain High    1968    
    The 1970s & 1980s:
    Introduction
        
    And So It Goes    1989
    Tragedy    1998
    Could It Be Magic    1976
    The 1990s:
    Introduction   
     
    Rain Orchestra    2009
    Make You Feel My Love    1997
    The Long Day Closes    1992
    Tears in Heaven    1991
    Angel    1999    
    The 2000s:
    Introduction 
       
    Rolling In The Deep    2010
    Fix You    2005
    Shine    2007
    Encore
    Could It Be Magic    1992
    Fix You    2005
    River Deep Mountain High    1968


    CLICK ON ANY IMAGE BELOW TO SEE THE FULL GALLERY

     
  • Getting To Know You - Episode Five
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 3 Feb 2021
    Getting To Know You - Episode Five
    Here's the latest instalment in our series of Desert Island Discs style programmes, this month featuring the energetic Emma Bagley.  Emma discusses her nomadic choir life and sporty lifestyle outside of choir, as well as how politics has impacted her life.

    If you'd like to hear the full versions of the songs Emma chose, you'll find links to the YouTube videos at the bottom of the page.  We definitely recommend listening to Isaiah 40 all the way through.




    LINKS TO EMMA'S SONG CHOICES

    Isaiah 40
    Go Your Own Way
    Let The River Run
  • From The Archive - Week 37
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 3 Feb 2021
    From The Archive - Week 37
    For this week's FTA, we celebrate LGBT History Month.  8 years ago, we launched the start of the annual commemoration in Bristol at two events on consecutive days.

    On the Friday evening we performed 6 songs at a launch event in City Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor. Then the following morning, we moved across to The M Shed and performed again for the launch of Bristol OutStories 'Revealing Stories' exhibition. Some of the stories were contributed by choir members.
     

    Friday February 1st 7.30pm | LGBT History Month Launch | City Hall

    • Perfect Day
    • Something Stupid
    • Imagine
    • Siyahamba
    • Say A Little Prayer (with moves)
    • Shine

    Saturday February 2nd 11am | OutStories Revealing Stories Launch | M Shed

    • Perfect Day
    • Something Stupid
    • Imagine
    • Siyahamba
    • Say A Little Prayer (with moves)
    • Shine

    Thanks to Matt Seow for these images.
    CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW THE FULL GALLERY

     
  • From The Archive - Week 36
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 29 Jan 2021
    From The Archive - Week 36
    This week, we head back 2 years for our first social of 2019.
     

    January Social | 31st January 2019 | The Lounge, Bedminster

    A great way to start the new year, with our policy of holding a social event every month continuing despite the inclement weather.  A sizeable group of around 25 of us met at The Lounge, in Bedminster, kindly arranged by bass member, Danny Champken, who even managed to arrange a free drink for everyone, lovely!

    A fab evening of conversation, food and drinks accompanied by much laughter in the company of some great friends, ended with us venturing out on to Bedminster's streets to head home, to find they had turned white during the evening, following a heavy snowfall.


    CLICK ON ANY IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW THE FULL GALLERY
    Thanks to Danny Champken and Stephen Santouris for the photos
  • From The Archive - Week 35
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 23 Jan 2021
    From The Archive - Week 35
    Our next edition of From The Archive takes us back just 12 months, but it feels like a lifetime ago, when an impressive two thirds of the choir crammed into a tiny venue in Clifton to answer some silly quiz questions.  

     

    Annual Quiz Night | Saturday 18th January | 99 Queens

    The return of the annual quiz night saw us move to a new venue, 99 Queens, in Clifton, for the 2019 event (actually held in January 2020).  A bumper attendance of 62 choir members and friends saw a close battle between teams representing the four choir sections and, for the first time, our audience submitted a team, which also included our MD and Accompanist.  



    The cash prize for the winning individual team went to Hoof Hearted from the Bass section, who walked away with £60 between them. Runners-Up were The Groupies (representing our audience), who won £40, while the £20 third place prize went to Quiz Team & The Queens representing the tenors. Overall though, the Audience 'section' were the most victorious and took the coveted trophy home.
     

    Full Results for the first part



    For the second part of the evening, we scrapped the pen and paper format and individual members represented their sections in a House Of Games (Richard Osman on BBC2, if you've not seen it) style format.  The points for each section were carried over from part one, with an average score being used if there were more than one team per section.

    Sopranos and Altos performed particularly well in the second part but fell just short in a very close result that saw the Audience team take the trophy at their first attempt.
     

    Final Overall Result

    1st AUDIENCE 149
    2nd BASS 138
    3rd TENOR 131
    4th SOPRANO 123
    5th ALTO 108



    CLICK ON ANY IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW THE FULL GALLERY
  • Bristol Port Donates To Sing Out Bristol
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 23 Jan 2021
    Bristol Port Donates To Sing Out Bristol
    With the choir being unable to meet and perform for nearly a year now, our income has been severely impacted and the committee have started to explore alternative sources, including grants and corporate donations. 

    Thanks to some hard work from Emma Bagley and April Pye, the drive has already proved fruitful with our first donation received this week from The Bristol Port Company.

    We are immensely grateful for the kind donation of £250 from this Avonmouth company who took over the site from Bristol City Council 20 years ago and have turned it into one of the country's busiest ports, directly employing over 500 people.

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  • Getting To Know You - Episode Four
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 15 Jan 2021
    Getting To Know You - Episode Four
    Part four in our series of Desert Island Discs style interviews. Lindsey Williams talks with Nick Gill about the early days of the choir and Nick's own life journey as a gay man.
    YouTube Video URL:
  • Brigstowe AGM
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 15 Jan 2021
    Brigstowe AGM
     


    Please join us for
    Brigstowe's Annual General Meeting (AGM)


    Tuesday 19th January 2021
     6pm - via Zoom


    Alongside the formal business of Charity governance we will be hearing more about the vital work undertaken during Covid-19 and promoting two new exciting projects that will be starting in 2021.


    Please register your attendance in one of the following ways
    Email: info@brigstowe.org

    Call and ask for Sofia: 01179555038.


    Those who register will receive the full agenda, including the Zoom link, the day before the event..
     
    Donate to our Work
    Please consider becoming a Friend of Brigstowe by donating a regular monthly gift. Regular donations help us to make long term improvements to the lives of people living with HIV.

    "Stigma is still there in the bucket loads. It's not something that is easy to live with. I lost my job and lived in my car for 3 years. I was pulled back from the edge by the people at Brigstowe. If it wasn't for Brigstowe, I'd be dead"
    Kevin, Brigstowe Client
     
    Just £10 a month (the price of one takeaway coffee a week) could be used to provide transport costs to a destitute client to access clinic and community services.
     
  • Tune-In 2020 Edition
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 30 Dec 2020
    It's been quite a while (15 months, to be exact) since our last 'quarterly' magazine, so here's a one-off edition for 2020, looking back over the previous 15 months and bringing non-members up to date with what's been going on (or not) in the choir.

    This edition contains more embedded videos than normal, so we've experimented with the format to allow the videos to be played without leaving this page.  Unfortunately, this means it's not suitable for viewing on a mobile phone, but should work fine on a tablet or laptop.  

    Alternatively, click on the link below to download the file.

  • From The Archive - Week 33
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2020
    From The Archive - Week 33

    Christmas Party | December 10th 2010 | The Southbank Arts Centre

    For our final FTA of the year, we travel back a whole decade to our first ever winter social organised by the wonderful Tanya Hazell and held in the Southbank Centre, Southville. The night ended with snow, as we left the venue - a perfect White Christmas.


    CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE THE FULL GALLERY
  • Getting To Know You - Episode Three
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2020
    Getting To Know You - Episode Three
    The third in our series of Desert Island Discs style interviews, with Lindsey Willimas in the chair.

    This month's subject is the inimitable Otter Baker. who discusses her extraordinary life including all the highs and lows that shaped who she is today. One not to be missed.
     
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  • Review of the Year - 2020
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2020
    Review of the Year - 2020
    It's fair to say this has been a slightly different year to normal.  Not a single public performance and only three physical events, outside of regular rehearsals to speak of.  All three are covered here, in our video review of the year.  Not many of us had heard of the Zoom platform at the start of the year but oh how we came to rely on it.  

    Despite the coronavirus curtailing our activities, this was still an extremely busy year, in terms of online events,  We participated in a total of 7 online events, including our first ever online concert, with 4 guest acts.  We also made 7 lockdown videos, clips of which you can see here.

    Hopefully next year will see a return to physical rehearsals and performances at some point, but in the meantime, we have memories of a challenging year which we came through together.
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  • From The Archive - Week 32
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 11 Dec 2020
    From The Archive - Week 32
    For this week's FTA, we revisit the year 2016 for two performances and a social all in the space of a week.
     

    World AIDS Day Commemoration | Broadmead Baptist Church | December 3rd 2016

    Our annual performance for the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day commemoration at our rehearsal venue, Broadmead Baptist Church.


    If Everybody Looked the Same
    Big Yellow Taxi
    The Rainbow Connection
    Purple Rain
    Fields of Gold
    White Winter Hymnal
    Skyfall
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    Colour My World


    CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE THE FULL GALLERY


    Ronald Mcdonald House Fundraiser 2016 | Cabot Circus | December 10th 2016

    We participated in a full day of performances from local groups in Cabot Circus to raise funds for Ronald Mcdonald House children's charity. We followed this with an impromptu social in The Phoenix and later a few hardy souls even made it to The Queenshilling.


    Big Yellow Taxi
    Briefcase Full Of Blues
    Colour My World
    Fields of Gold
    If Everybody Looked the Same
    Let It Snow
    Purple Rain
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
    Skyfall
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    The Rainbow Connection
    Walking In A Winter Wonderland



    CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW THE FULL GALLERY
  • From The Archive - Week 31
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 4 Dec 2020
    From The Archive - Week 31
    With this being World AIDS Day week, there's only one event to focus on.

    Every year since 2010, we've performed for at least one World AIDS charity on or around December 1st (except this year, of course where we had to 'go virtual').

    We don't have images from every event, and we already covered 2015, last week, but here's part one of a selection of past World AIDS Day events. Part Two to follow next week.
     

    2019 - Busking for National AIDS Trust in Cabot Circus


    It's De-Lovely
    Just Give Me A Reason
    One Day Like This
    Elton John Medley
    Truly Brave
    Shallow
    You Are The Reason
    Colour My World





    CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO SEE FULL GALLERY
     
     

    2019 - Brigstowe/THT Celebration at The Watershed

    For the second year in a row, we performed at Brigstowe's World AIDS Day celebration event hosted in The Watershed. This years's event also launched Bristol as a Fast-Track City (one of only a handful of UK cities to achieve this status), with Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees attending the event to sign the declaration. The Fast Track Cities initiative is a world-wide movement towards achieving zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS-related deaths by 2030.  

    We performed 3 songs at the end of the 2 hour event. from our current repertoire: You Are The Reason, Shallow and Truly Brave.  The audience seemed to react well, with the last song in particular moving some to tears.


    Shallow
    Truly Brave
    You Are the Reason



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    2018 - Busking for National AIDS Trust in Cabot Circus

    This year was the 30th anniversary of the first World AIDS Day and this was the first of two performances for us on the same day.  Last year we took part in the National AIDS Trust World AIDS Day fundraising campaign by performing at Temple Meads Railway Station (along with many other choirs who did the same at their local railway station).

    This year we suggested moving the event to Cabot Circus to take advantage of the larger footfall there.  This strategy seemed to work as we increased the amount raised last year considerably, collecting just under £200 in our buckets.  This contributed to the national total which just under £100,000.

    Thanks to everyone who came to support us and to the photographers who contributed to our gallery.  Here's to next year's event.

    Music Director & Conductor: Rónán de Búrca
    Gig Coordinator: Nigel Wilkins


    Africa

    Colour My World
    Elton John Medley
    One Day Like This
    Rise


    River Deep Mountain High
    Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
    This Is Me
    We Are Family



    CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO SEE FULL GALLERY

     

    2018 - Brigstowe/THT 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day Celebration at The Watershed

    We were once again delighted to be invited to support Brigstowe's annual World AIDS Day event by performing at the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the first World AIDS Day, held at The Watershed on Bristol's Harbourside.

    We performed 3 songs for an appreciative audience. 

    Music Director & Conductor: Rónán de Búrca
    Gig Coordinator: Nigel Wilkins


    Rise
    Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
    Elton John Medley



    Thanks to Dawei Qi, wo made these video clips of  our performance:
    Elton John Medley (Crocodile Rock)
      
    Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
      
    Elton John Medley (Your Song)
      
    Rise (Excerpt)
      

    CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO SEE THE FULL GALLERY


    2017 - Brigstowe Vigil at St James Priory

    A change from our usual World AIDS Day performances, which have largely taken place at the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) organised commemoration events in Broadmead Baptist Church.  In 2017, THT lost its funding with the city and the premises in West Street closed.

    In its place, this vigil was organised with Brigstowe and THT combining.  We were invited to come along and perform a small number of songs with a positive 'vibe' and to provide some light entertainment as a celebration at the end of the vigil.

    Music Director and conductor: Rónán de Búrca.
    CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO SEE THE FULL GALLERY

     

    2017 - Busking For The National AIDS Trust at Temple Meads Railway Station

    CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO SEE THE FULL GALLERY



    Our second event of the World AIDS Day weekend, saw us performing outdoors at the entrance to Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station.  The event was organised by the National AIDS Trust (NAT), as part of a nationwide fundraising campaign where Lgbt choirs sang at their local railway station with collection buckets to raise money for the NAT's support fund.

    Again, our set consisted of songs from Fifty Shades of Gay and a couple of additional songs, suitable for outdoor performing.

    Music Director and Conductor: Rónán de Búrca.


     

  • World AIDS Day - Be The Change Videos
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 1 Dec 2020
    World AIDS Day - Be The Change Videos
    Here are the two videos of Be The Change that we produced for HIV Charities.
    Thank you to everyone who submitted audio and video files for the project and thanks as always to Rónán for the expert audio editing.

    Firstly, here's the 'main' version featuring more of the choir - #BeTheChange
     

    And the alternative version produced in support of The National AIDS Trust
     
  • From The Archive - Week 30
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 27 Nov 2020
    From The Archive - Week 30

      It's World AIDS Day weekend, so for this week and next week we're featuring past World AIDS Day performances.

     

    Saturday November 28th 2015 | Armada House

    We were invited to perform at the now annual Brigstowe/THT World AIDS Day celebration event, this year held in Armada House, off Baldwin Street.  We performed 9 songs at this emotion laden event.

    After the event, we relocated to the Queenshilling for our annual quiz night, this year won by the Altos.  

    Thanks to Michael Reynolds for the photos and video clips of some of our perfromance.


    De Noche
    Viva La Vida
    Wind Beneath My Wings
    Bread and Roses
    One Day Like This
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    Dulaman
    Skyfall
    Disco Fever


    Click the image below to see the full gallery of photos and videos from the event and some photos from the quiz night



    SKYFALL
     
    ONE DAY LIKE THIS
  • From The Archive - Week 29
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 20 Nov 2020
    From The Archive - Week 29
    Another social event this week.  
     

    Alto v Soprano 10 Pin Bowling Re-Match | November 15th 2019

    So just 12 months ago, when we were able to still socialise in person, the altos, still smarting from their defeat at the hands of the sopranos in March of this year, challenged the their victors to a re-match.

    This time, the result was much closer, but the Sopranos still won (despite having one less player). 
    Maybe a best of 5 is on the cards when we earge from COVID restrictions ;)
     

    Result (Over 2 games):
    Altos 1.319 points
    Sopranos 1,392 points

    Highest scorer on the night was Ali Blake
       


    Thanks to Hilary and Lis for the photos
    Click any image to see the full gallery of 14 photos

  • From The Archive - Week 27
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 6 Nov 2020
    From The Archive - Week 27

     



    No specific event to look back on this week, so instead, here's a link to our photo gallery from the various Festival Of Song events we performed at between 2010 and 2015.  We brought you details of the first one in 2010, two weeks ago, but there were several others and we also have videos of our performance from 2011:
     

    VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

  • Getting To Know You - Episode Two
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 3 Nov 2020
    Getting To Know You - Episode Two
    The second in our series of Desert Island Surface style interviews with choir members. Here, Lindsey Williams talks to Marianne Hester, OBE about her life from growing up in Denmark to receiving an OBE in the UK for her work researching the causes of domestic violence. A fascinating interview.

     
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  • From The Archive - Week 26
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 30 Oct 2020
    From The Archive - Week 26
    For this week's archive antics, we're heading back just 12 months to Saturday October 26th October and our autumn social on the Avon. 



    A group of around 40 of us took an evening boat trip on a chilly night, but what we wouldn't give to be able to do that now!  40 people definitely not socially distanced, enjoying each other's company and a few drinks accompanied by a typical Sing Out Bristol soundtrack.

    To view all the photos, click the grid below.

    Thanks to Michael Reynolds for the images.
  • From The Archive - Week 25
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020
    From The Archive - Week 25
    For this week's FTA, we head back a whole decade!  Ten years ago today we participated in the first Festival Of Song in Bristol.

    Organised by Bristol's Gathering Voices charity, the event was put on to establish Bristol as the UK's first "City of Song" and ran annually from 2010 to 2016.  The festival consisted of various musical events held during the week in venues across the city, culminating in a day and night event in the centre.  We were one of 70 choirs perforning around the harbourside during the day and then again at a more formal event in the evening at St Georges.



    A showery morning, meant we sang under trees and umbrellas for the first part of our daytime set, but the sun eventually 'shined' for us. In the evening we dressed up and headed up to St Georges to round off a great day.
     

    FLASH MOB

    The following day, the organisers arranged a flash-mob performance of Hey Big Spender, in Cabot Circus for members of all the choirs who took part the previous day.  You can view the clip here, courtesy of ShoutOut Radio.

    Our Lesley taking part in the Flash Mob for Hey Big Spender in Cabot Circus


    The choir pose for a photo on WelshBack, while sheltering from the rain


    Sinner Man
    I Feel Like Going On
    Adiemus
    Hallelujah
    Money, Money, Money
    Beautiful
    Hashivenu
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight
    Super Trouper
    We Are Family
    Mayenziwe


    THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT (afternoon)

    SHINE (afternoon)

    THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT (evening)

    WE ARE FAMILY (evening)

     

    HALLELUJAH (evening)

    I FEEL LIKE GOING ON (evening)


    MONEY MONEY MONEY (evening)
      
    SHINE (evening)
     

    Thanks to Dan Cragg and Nick Banks for the video links.


    A slideshow of images from the weekend
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  • Getting To Know You - Episode One
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020
    Getting To Know You - Episode One
    From the results of the recent members survey, where we asked you what you'd like to see going forward during our Tuesday evening rehearsals, there was a majority view that more social aspects be built into the Zoom sessions.

    This prompted Lindsey, one of our assistant MDs, to come up with the idea of doing our own version of Desert Island Discs.  We have several volunteers andhave already recorded 4 interviews but ahead of these, we wanted to record a pilot to test and prove the concept.  We showed the edited highlights from the pilot episode last Tuesday and going forward we'll keep to an edited 15 minute interview on the first Tuesday of each month, but we will bring you the full interviews, including the full versions of the chosen tracks, in the weekly email.

    So here is the full length interview from the pilot episode, featuring Lindsey interviewing Dave Johnson.  One of the tracks was blocked on YouTube due to copyright issues, so we have embedded it further down this page, below the main interview.

     

    The third track (not available in the interview video due to copyright issues):
     
  • From The Archive - Week 24
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020
    From The Archive - Week 24
    For this week's FTA, we're returning to 2012 and a time when we used to put on two major concerts a year! Unthinkable now, of course. Following February's One In Ten concert, we somehow managed to perform at two Prides in the summer and learn new songs for a concert in October:
     

    The Love Train Concert | October 13th 2012 | Victoria Rooms

    Fittingly, this concert was mentioned our Getting To Know You interview, (see previous article) and is memorable for the end of act one song, Sunrise Sunset from Fiddler On The Roof, where we ended the song with the entire front row exiting the stage and walking down through the audience in couples, as though walking down the aisle at a wedding.  It's the first and so far, only time we've attempted such a stunt.


    The theme of the concert, obviously, was love and relationships, with the two acts split into sections to tell the story of a relationship from the first exciting moments through a fulfilling partnership, to an acrimonious split and edning with a reminder that love is eternal.

    The concert featured our usual eclectic mix of styles with a particular emphasis on 60s soul love songs (hence the play on words with the title borrowing heavily from the popular Soul Train tv series of that time).


    Intro scene: We're all looking for love
    Mister Sandman
    You Can't Hurry Love
    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
    Scene 2: New love arrives and the fun begins
    Gloria (Vivaldi) - Gloria I
    Oklahoma Medley
    I Only Want To Be With You
    I Say a Little Prayer
    Scene 3: Short scene - union & marrriage
    Chasing Cars
    Happy Together
    Sunrise Sunset
    Your Love Keeps Lifting Me
    BREAK
    Scene 4: Things start to go wrong
    Stop! In The Name of Love
    Lascia Ch'Io Pianga
    Gloria (Vivaldi) - Laudamus Te III
    Fix You
    Scene 6: The breakdown of relationships
    Scarborough Fair/Sound of Silence
    Gloria (Vivaldi) - Domine Deus, Agnus Dei VIII
    Why Do Fools Fall In Love
    Scene 7: New love arrives - love is eternal 
    You Are the New Day
    True Colours (TTBB)
    Seasons of Love
    Dream a Little Dream
    ENCORE
    Final scene & thanks - love is eternal and transitory, fast and slow, like a journey? etc 
    I Say a Little Prayer


    The whole concert is available to watch in one single video
      


    Click any image below to see the full size photos in our gallery (thanks to Pete Spain for the images)

  • From The Archive Week 23
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 9 Oct 2020
    From The Archive Week 23
    Six years ago this week, we sang at the wedding of a former choir member, Nick Hooker at a ceremony held in Bristol Zoo. Unfortunately, there are no images or recordings available from the day, so it didn't make for much of a memory.  Instead, we'll bring you one of the weeks we missed out when we had our summer break, back in August...
     

    Swindon Pride - Saturday August 4th, 2012

    Another visit to Swindon to perform at their Pride event.  This time, we hired a coach and left Bristol coach park at midday heading to Swindon on a sunny August day.  We performed twice, once to open the event (to a very small crowd) on the main stage, and then again at 3.50pm in the Variety Stage tent.


    Main Stage Line-up

    Although the main stage event went off without a hitch, we weren't so lucky in the Variety tent, with power to the main amp lost after our first song.  Undaunted, we reverted to accapella numbers and improvised, like the troupers we are, including 'Bella Mama', a song normally reserved for warm-ups, but one that got the audience singing along.  The show must go on after all.


    Variety Tent Line-up

    This was quite a test for our deputy MD, Leila, standing in for Rónán for the day, but she coped admirably (helped, in no small part by the odd glass of wine).


    Deputy MD, Leila


    River Deep Mountain High
    All That Jazz
    Shine
    Could It Be Magic
    Sway
    Sho Sholoza
    Bella Mama



    Click the image below to view the gallery
  • From The Archive - Week 22
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 2 Oct 2020
    From The Archive - Week 22

    28th September 2014 | Living Springs MCC Bath 

    For this week's FTA, we're revisiting this week in 2014, when we travelled to Bath on a sunny Sunday afternoon to sing at a special service to celebrate 25 years of Living Springs MCC in Bath.

    Living Springs Metropolitan Community Churches were founded in 1968 in the USA. Their mission was to be at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the US and later, worldwide, by addressing issues on race, gender, sexual orientation and other human rights violations. 

    In 1989, a branch of the church was started in Bath by Cecilia Eggleton, who later became a member of Sing Out Bristol. It initially met at Cecilia's home and then in a variety of venues, including the Bath CVS offices, before renting space at St Michael’s Day Centre in the centre of Bath. In 1998 it moved to the United Reformed Church Halls in Grove Street. Unfortunately, it closed in 2018, and held its last service on Sunday 23rd September.

    Our deputy MD, Gena is a member and former director of Living Springs in her native US.

    We performed twice during the afternoon - 5 songs at the main service and another 3 during the post-service reception.




    Main Performance
    I Say a Little Prayer
    Let The River Run
    One Day Like This
    Seasons of Love
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    2nd Performance
    Shine
    Top of the World
    Viva La Vida


    "Please can you pass on my most enormous thanks to the choir for Sunday. Having you there to entertain during tea was lovely, and the singing during the service was both beautiful and moving.

    Thank you all so much for being part of our celebration, and for your involvement in the worship. I have had several emails from those present complimenting your beautiful voices, and one or two asking how they can be involved with "Sing Out". I have been directing them to your website...

    I personally hope to be able to hear the whole choir in action soon. I know it will be fantastic.

    So, thanks again, and God bless.

    Mia"




    An audience member partially filmed Let The River Run
     
  • From The Archive - Week 21
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 25 Sep 2020
    From The Archive - Week 21
    We're cheating slightly with this week's FTA,as apart from the odd committee meeting and a new members evening, nothing much happened this week, in the past. Next week though, we have two events, so we've brought one of them forward to this week:
     

    Bristol Hate Crime Services Launch

    Friday September 27th, 2013 | The Park Centre, Knowle.




    On an autumnal Friday afternoon in late September 2013, a small ensemble, made up of 12 singers from the choir performed at the launch of a new multi-agency initiative, in the Bristol area; Bristol Hate Crime Services, in partnership with SARI, LGBT Bristol, Bristol Pride, Brandon Trust, Bristol Mind is supported by Safer Bristol Partnership.
    This took place in the room where we now hold our choralography workshops.

    We sang just two songs, Over The Rainbow and Imagine.
    This performance led to LSO (Little Sing Out) being set up.


    Here's the video for Imagine, with thanks to Tom Richell
      


  • From The Archive - Week 20
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 11 Sep 2020
    From The Archive - Week 20
    For this week's FTA, we return to the year 2013. 7 years ago this week, we played our third Pride of the summer. After our usual appearance at Bristol Pride in July and a third trip to Swindon to perform at their Pride, in August, we travelled down the M5 to Devon for our first and so far only appearance at Totnes Pride.
     

    September 14th 2013

    We were invited to sing at the beautiful Devon town of Totnes for their first ever Pride celebration and ended up performing three times - a scheduled mini-concert outdoor performance, a one-off flash-mob performance of Hey Big Spender and an indoor mini-concert.  

    The day also gave us an opportunity to explore the town and spend some time enjoying the hospitality of the locals. We even hired a mini-bus to transport us there and back.


    Mamma Mia
    Money, Money, Money
    Big Spender
    I Say a Little Prayer
    Perfect Day
    Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
    Somethin' Stupid
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight
    Mravaljamier
    Siyahamba
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow


    To view images at original size click here  
  • From The Archive - Week 19
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 11 Sep 2020
    From The Archive - Week 19
    For our latest instalment of FTA, we travel back to this week 8 years ago, when we played at OMG night club for Shout Out radio's second BreakOut takeover - a full day and evening broadcast of LGBTQ related content on BCFM and other radio stations.

    We were invited to open the evening and performed a 20 minute set. It's safe to say, we've come a long way from those days.
     

    8th September 2012




    All That Jazz
    Could It Be Magic
    Shine
    Sway
    River Deep Mountain High


    Here's the video of our performance:
     
  • From The Archive - Week 18
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 4 Sep 2020
    From The Archive - Week 18

    Summer Social: Picnic & Murder Mystery Trail | Queens Square | Sat July 30th 2016



    Our annual summer picnic for this year was combined with a murder mystery hunt, to hunt down the 'killer' of poor Wallace, who was found murdered.  Choir members worked in teams to follow a trail around the harbourside area eliminating suspects as they went, until only the killer remained.  The trail took in seven of the Gromit scupltures, on display for the summer in Bristol.

    A grand day out. Thanks to everyone who came along and took part.

    For those interested in solving the crime, the guilty suspect was Mai West (her song was Mai Lit Guy).  We mentioned that she had confessed. The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted that Mai West is an ananagram of 'It Was Me' and Mai Lit Guy is 'I Am Guilty' jumbled up.

    Several teams solved the crime, but no team managed to eliminate all the suspects.

    Look out for another picnic, next year.


    SLIDESHOW

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  • From The Archive - Week 17
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 23 Jul 2020
    For this week's FTA, it's back to 2017 again (a bumper year for performances).  Three years ago today (23rd July) we performed at The Watershed Arts Centre on a warm Sunday evening, to round off the Bristol Harbour Festival.

    The event was a  cabaret evening staged by the Terrence Higgins Trust and THT invited us to take part, along with several other acts.  

    We performed five songs from our recent Fifty Shades of Gay concert as well as a new song we had recently learned for Bristol Pride (Something Inside So Strong), to an enthusiastic audience.




    Colour My World
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Nights in White Satin
    Purple Rain
    Something Inside So Strong
    Briefcase Full Of Blues

             
    Click the image below to view the full gallery


    We don't have any audio or video from this event, so if you do, or know someone else that does, please share via our Share Your Memories page.
  • From The Archive - Week 16
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2020
     
      Another week, another Bristol Pride, in Castle Park, July 11th 2015.

    We started with the march leaving from Queens Square, led by members of the LGSM (Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners), whose inspirational story was featured in the film PRIDE.

    We again opened on the main stage, later graced by Bucks Fizz and Heather Small (from M People).




    Copacabana
    Disco Fever
    Fix You
    River Deep Mountain High
    Skyfall

      View photos
  • From The Archive - Week 15
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 10 Jul 2020
    Our look back over previous years continues as we leave behind concert season and move into July's Pride season.  For this week, we take you back three years to what was, at the time the biggest Pride event ever held in Bristol and it still remains the largest audience we have ever performed in front of, thanks mainly to the delayed start, allowing more people to get into the amphitheatre area.

    We started the day by marching and singing in the Pride Parade from Castle Park circumnavigating Broadmead Shopping Centre and meandering down towards the Harbourside to Millennium Square for a fabulous sunny day of Pride celebrations.

    This was the 9th consecutive year, we had opened Bristol Pride.



    This was far and away, the biggest Pride event held in Bristol, to date, with approximately 35,000 people attending at some point during the day.  At the time of our performance (around 1pm), the organisers reported that around 8,000 people were on the site.  Although not all of them would have been watching us, it's safe to say that this was our biggest audience to date.

    We performed a number of songs from our last concert, Fifty Shades of Gay, as well as a couple of additional songs, just for Pride.  Our MD, Rónán cites this day as his favourite Pride, when after having had his back to the audience during our performance, he turned to wave at the crowd and was shocked to see thousands of faces staring back at him. A moment captured in this iconic photo:


    Music Director & Conductor: Rónán de Búrca.



    Parade:

    If Everybody Looked The Same
    Let The River Run
    Sweet Inspiration

    Stage:

    Billy Brown
    Briefcase Full Of Blues Medley
    Colour My World
    I Will Survive/Survivor
    Nights In White Satin
    One Day Like This
    Something Inside So Strong

    Final Rehearsal - Something Inside So Strong (July 4th 2017)

     

    I Will Survive/Survivor (courtesy of Heather Wilson on Facebook)


    Slideshows




    Click the image below to view the full gallery from the day
  • From The Archive - Week 13
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2020
    Several choices for this week's FTA.  In 2011, our summer concert at St Georges with The Pink Singers or maybe the Great Brunel Buskathon performance from Southmead Hopital in 2018. Instead though, we've plumped for a gig from over a decade go - June 19th 2010.

    Here's the event page...

    We returned to the Anson Rooms for our summer concert, this time with our first guest choir, The Stepford Singers





    A memorable performance of West Side Story convinced at least one audience member that she definitely wanted to be part of Sing Out Bristol. She joined at the next new members evening and Dee is still a valued member of the choir to this day.


    Westside Story Medley
    Iqude
    Beautiful
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight
    Gabriel's Oboe
    Java Jive
    Angel
    Bohemian Rhapsody
    Hallelujah
    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
    Lean on Me
    Dancing in the Street
    Shine



    We're still trying to track down sound recordings from this concert, but here's a recording of Angel from the evening, courtesy of Conrad on YouTube.
     


    Click any of the images below to see the full gallery


  • From The Archive - Week 12
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020

    Orlando Vigil | College Green | June 14th 2016


    This week's memory came just two days after our Hippodrome performance in last week's From The Archive. We were already aware of the events in Florida as we stood on the Hippodrome stage, but not the full extent of what happened.

    Following the appalling attack on innocent party goers, many of whom were members of the LGBT community, at the Pulse nightclub, in Orlando, Florida; a vigil was hastily arranged on College Green, here in Bristol.  At very short notice we made the decision to cancel our regular Tuesday rehearsal and join other Bristolians in solidarity. Thousands turned out to show their support and the event was addressed by Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees and Bristol Pride Director, Daryn Carter.  

    We performed a short impromptu set:
    Mad World
    (Somewhere) Over The Rainbow
    Wind Beneath My Wings


    Click the image below to see our full photo gallery from the event

    Photo courtesy of Bristol24/7


    Our contribution to the vigil was well received with some great feedback afterwards and several new members on the back of it.  At the end of a terrible week (Labour MP Jo Cox was also murdered two days later), our weekly email reflected the mood with its intro:
    "Hello everyone,
     Normally writing something to open the weekly
     mail out is expected to be jolly and lighthearted but the
     past week has been full of horrible events punctuated with
     small but meaningful glints of hope. With the
     Orlando attack on LGBT community, then the coming together
     to show support and to receive support from non LGBT
     individuals/groups I felt hope and then the terrible murder
     of one of the wonderful and truly hard working MP's. 
     These awful attacks have left me feeling dismayed, sad,
     angry, all at the same time.   When I see the support of
     good people I can only hope that through the power of good
     we don't see anymore of these awful attacks, of humans
     on humans, but history shows otherwise.I hope you
     all have a peaceful weekend and spend it with people that
     you care
     about......................................................................................
     Gerald"


    And Rónán's MD Update:
    "I just wanted to say how proud I was to see Sing Out Bristol representing
    the city so wonderfully at the vigil on Tuesday night. I was
     really upset not to have been able to be there with you all,
     but huge thanks and congratulations to Lindsey, Steve,
     Angie, Becky, Matthew and everyone else who was involved in
     very last minute arrangements. Of course, special thanks are
     due to the wonderful Kellie who covered the MD duties for
     the event - it’s not easy to step in to something like
     this at the last minute, particularly under such challenging
     conditions, so huge thanks and respect Kellie. There’s
     been some great feedback on the contribution the choir made
     to the emotion and solemnity of the event, so under very sad
     circumstances thanks again to all of you for representing us
     and the wider community so well. "


    BBC Radio Bristol broadcast the event on Facebook Live:
     

    Hopefully, such an event will never need to happen again but Bristol as a city and we as a choir can be extremely proud of how we came together in a show of solidarity with the victims of this terrible atrocity. It will live long in our collective memories.
       
  • Truly Brave Lockdown Video
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2020
    Here's our second video recorded during the lockdown period.

    Taken from the repertoire for our next concert (delayed until January 2021) - Mash-Ups & Duets, this is a mash-up of two inspirational songs - True Colours by Cyndi Lauper and Brave by Sara Bareilles - Truly Brave.

    Please feel free to share with your friends and family.

     

    Arranger: Mac Huff Composer: Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly & Sara Bareilles/Jack Antonoff
  • From The Archive - Week 11
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 12 Jun 2020
    For this week's FTA, we go back to 2016.

    Four years ago today, we took to the stage of The Bristol Hippodrome,
    This event was hosted by BBC Radio Bristol to raise funds for Children In Need.



    Ahead of the performance, BBC Radio Bristol broadcast a preview show, interviewing 3 representatives from Sing Out Bristol and showcasing our version of Skyfall. You can listen to the preview show here:



    Guy, Eddy and Marianne at BBC studiios waiting to be interviewed on the show

    On the day, we joined a multitude of other musical acts and choirs to celebrate Bristol's contribution to the music scene over the last 100 years.  Each act was asked to perform songs with a connection to the Bristol area.

    From our current repertoire at the time, we chose Mad World (by Tears For Fears from Bath), Oh Danny Boy (lyrics written by notable Bristolian, Frederic Weatherly and two songs from the musical Mamma Mia (written by Katherine Johnson who has spent most of her life in the Bristol area). .



    Mad World
    Mamma Mia
    Money, Money, Money
    Oh Danny Boy


    The infamous 'penguin turn' choralography from Mamma Mia




    We  had some good feedback about our participation in the, most notably from the MD of one
     of the other large choirs who was particularly impressed with our version and rendition of Oh Danny Boy (and wants the arrangement), and also this message from the overall MD for the day: 

    Hi all, Now the dust is settling just to say many, many thanks from me for producing a wonderful evening you can be proud of. It’s obvious the audience did! The snippets of recording on BBCRB this morning sound great :) Please say thanks to your groups from me.. More power to your musical endeavours - may the singing never cease! 

    Richard Jeffrey-Gray

    Plus a review of the concert in the Bristol Post, highlighted one of our songs:

  • From The Archive - Week 10
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 4 Jun 2020
    For our tenth foray into the past, we are heading back just 12 months. There really was only one choice this week - it's the one where we celebrated our favourite icons. (WARNING - It's a long read)



    One year ago this week, we performed our second 2 night concert at St Georges, following the success of 2018's X-10 Years Of Sing Out Bristol double header.  ICONS was our tribute to the musical artists, songwriters and human rights advocates.
    that helped shape our lives.

    Friday night was well attended by an enthusiastic audience and saw us kick off the evening with Stevie Wonder's haunting classic 'They Won't Go When I Go', covered by LGBT icon George Michael. The arrangement called for a soloist for part of the song and Bashema took on the responsibility with a fantastic performance.  This set the tone for the entire weekend, On the Saturday a sellout crowd saw Gena take over soloist duties for the opening song.



    Judging from audience feedback, we continue to raise the bar, year on year. These two concerts were probably our finest performances to date, from the challenging choralography and stage arrangements of 'Like A Prayer' to the stunning solo perfomances of Bashema, Gena and Kellie.

    Music Director & Conductor: Rónán de Búrca
    Assistant Music Directors & Conductors: Lindsey Williams & Kellie Walters 
    Accompanist: Amy Brewer
    Concert Director: Christian Wismann


    CLICK EACH SONG TITLE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD THE RECORDING OF THE SATURDAY PERFORMANCE
    ACT ONE
    They Won't Go When I Go
    Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
    The Turing Test
    Just Give Me a Reason
    Nothing Compares 2U (Little Sing Out)
    I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten
    Elton John Medley
    Summertime
    The Shoop Shoop Song (Tenors and Basses)
    ACT TWO
    Like a Prayer
    Constant Craving
    Rise Like a Phoenix
    Fast Car
    Elastic Heart (Little Sing Out)
    You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (Sopranos and Altos)
    Life on Mars
    Rise
    Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy
    ENCORES
    The Show Must Go On
    I Don't Feel Like Dancing


    CASEY BROWNE
    I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for making my first big concert with you a blast. I really enjoyed it and I'm so glad it was a success! (Also happy Pride month, which is an added bonus)

    HILARY MILLER
    This was my first too, and I feel a great sense of achievement - the support and friendships help so much too. X

    LIS BEERE
    What an awesome evening and what a lovely appreciative crowd. Well done everyone involved x

    GENA ROSE
    It was an absolute honor and privilege to sing with all of you this past weekend!! Thank you for making me feel so welcome and a part of the SOB Family!!

    DANNY CHAMPKEN
    It's already been said time and time again but it bears repeating, these concerts have been an absolute delight and the cherry on top of a wonderful first year in Sing Out. So much hard work by so many wonderful people has well and truly paid off for what was just the most joyous experience ever. Overwhelmed by all the love in the room, you guys are my heroes. ??

    RÓNÁN DE BÚRCA (MD)
    I can’t even begin to say how proud I am of my Sing Out family tonight. That was easily our Best. Ever. Performance.
    Congratulations to each and every one of you for all the hard work, rehearsing, moving, voguing.
    It’s a privilege and an honour to stand in front of you and wave my arms about.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my shiny shoes 
    R.xx

    MATT CROCKER
    This really was our best performance in the 3 I've done, we should all be very proud :

    POLLI MULDER
    Was a fab night my family and friends were truly blown away x

    RHI O'GORMAN
    Best concert and audience yet

    ALF GREEN
    Every year we get better and better, onwards and upwards.

    CHRISTINE HUNT
    It was an amazing team effort that I am VERY proud to have been a part of. I'll be grinning like a Cheshire cat for days now  Sing Out Bristol totally rocks!

    ALISON JARMAN-FRY
    How can an experience lift and join us all and yet leave me feeling I'd like to try to be even and much better?!! Thank you Sing Out Family. Still flying and feeling so humble..in the presence of such beauty! XxX

    TANYA HAZELL
    I know that Sing Out has such an impact to the audience that it’s made the emotionless emotional and lifted people in such a way they’ve said ‘I’ll be smiling all week after that’ ...I’m certain it’s the unity in the choir, the family like feeling.  My other half cried at Just Give Me A Reason and she's not a crier.

    STEVEN COOPER
    Thank you all for yet another beautiful and memorable two nights with some the most fantastic people I know. SOB is really something special and we all play our part. Someone asked me after last nights show why I smile so much when I sing; my response was ‘doing this with these people makes my soul happy’. Uber love to all of you xxxx

    LISAH STUART
    What a night !! Hope y"all had a great time.Our Dream team triumphed again.

    RICHARD DAVIES
    My friends and family said that last night was yet another improvement over the previous year. My favourite Sing Out Bristol performance ever, thank you ??

    NICK GILL
    A huge thank you to the choir for creating an atmosphere encouraging us to try something new irrespective of age and ability. My 20-year-old confused and closeted self couldn't have imagined that at 65 I would be donning a tutu and pirouetting on stage (although I'm the first to admit my style is more Gloria-Hunniford-does-Strictly than Dame Margot Fonteyn).

    SUZANNE DOYLE
    Christian you put on a fab show with all the little touches like the strawberries and biscuits in our dressing rooms (we will be expecting that every time now!)
    Matthew and Christian the ribbons looked stunning! 
    Loved the video clips and I loved the song choices Mr De Burca xx


    Warblers one & all, you were absobloodylutely fandobbymazing!!!
    What a treat to be in the audience, the quality of sound you made was completely joyful - rich & deep & unctuous.  Altho' i moan about choralography, i have to admit that your moves were awesome!
    job well done!

    It was terrific, as ever, and everyone - audience and choir seemed to be having a really good time.

    Was great to watch. Hard to believe that it still gets better each year xx


    Lovely evening and a great performance. The quality of singing just goes up and up. The bar has again been raised xx

    So proud of you all!!!!  You sounded amazing! Well done to you all
      Amazing! Fabulous! Incredible! Professional! Oh you guys... what a simply joyous evening.  It is such a different experience seeing things from the audience side and it really was an amazing performance.  You are all ICONS 

    An "Iconic" night of singing.. Congratulations to one and all involved. A very slick production. Loved the video inserts.

    Sing Out Bristol, Rónán de Búrca, you all were last night. Talented and beautiful. Such an inspiring and incredible show, feel like I have had an emotional work out! Thank you for sharing your creativity, there is so much yuck and horror and struggle at the moment... so it was simply lush to acknowledge and celebrate and party to some significant human achievements. Thank you!

    I can honestly say you were all amazing and sounded truly beautiful. It was an absolute joy.

    We received this wonderful email from Helen Porter, a renowned vocal coach who works with us on a regular basis. Helen attended this concert and sent Rónán her thoughts afterwards...

    Dear Ronan

        I haven’t been able to sit down at my computer before now, for various reasons, but in  a way that’s good because I’ve had more time to reflect on your concert. I hardly know where to begin! Congratulations to you and all the choir on a truly fantastic performance on Friday night. I loved everything about it. To be honest, I was pretty sure I would really enjoy it, because I know you are a fantastic choir. But to see and hear you all in full glory was just amazing.

        I wish I lived nearer to Bristol, because what I’d really love to do is sit down with you over a cup of coffee and talk about it all! The programming, arrangements, visuals, choreography (so well performed by the choir as well - that’s really hard to achieve - no one stood out or looked like they didn’t want to do it!) , performance, solos, conducting, venue and even the programme booklet were all TOP quality, professional, joyful. And the singing - WOW it was wonderful. I am so glad to have this amazing programme with all your names and photographs! I can’t promise to know everyone by October, but the choir is becoming more and more familiar to me, and I feel very proud to have an association with you. 

        It’s been invaluable to listen and watch you all in full swing, and puts me in a much better position to work on with you in October. There are (of course!) things I think the choir could work on, and it would be good to talk over some ideas with you before October. I made a few sneaky notes in my programme, to remind me..!

        I know that long emails are a bit of a bore, so I will stop now, but please tell the choir I LOVED LOVED LOVED the concert! The audience went wild at the end, didn’t they? We didn’t want anyone to leave the stage! You are very modest, as well, so it was inspired to have that fabulous Freddie Mercury quote at the end!! Whose idea was that?! 

        With love, and huge thanks for such a wonderful, joyful performance that you and SING OUT gave to us all,

        Helen XX



    The following quotes were collected by St Georges feedback forms:

    1. EVENT

    Such a professional show for a community choir!!
    Well orchestrated and well choreographed considering the number of people in the choir
    Quite remarkably distinct, engaging and at times profoundly poignant. The ending came too soon.
    Fantastic atmosphere. Beautifully presented.
    Fabulous show none stop entertainment from start to finish. Highly recommended
    Fabulous performance and choir.
    Excellent performance and acoustics
    Uplifting and professional performance by a gifted team
    Amazing show as always. Staff very courteous and helpful
    Musically very good, great choreography and a choir that were clearly enjoying themselves
    Varied, enjoyable choice of songs, beautifully sung.
    Choir fantastic but given their number the sound was very muted. Needed much better amplification. I said this politely to the team on the sound desk at the beginning of the interval and surprisingly they did not heed my advice.

    2. THE VENUE

    Lovely new space
    The best acoustics of any hall in the UK
    Providing water jugs near the seating was a life saver. Thank you.
    Very smart and well- designed.
    It would have been helpful to have toilets on each floor.
    Love the next building make the place so much better to get around and for socializing.
    Fantastic venue and acoustics. Loving the additional building.
    Very nice venue
    It is fabulous
    Beautiful architecture and great organisation.
    Extension and extra facilites a great improvement and presumably much easier for you. More nudges needed to get us to order our drinks ready for the interval - am guilty so had to wait almost missing out.
    I love St George's as a venue and think the new renovations are wonderful. However I couldnt give it 5 stars as we were not able to take glasses into the show.
    Excellent acoustics. Lovely bar/cafe area
    Compact, comfortable and acoustically perfect - also some very clever lighting
    Great acoustics
    I like the redevelopment. Having the doors opening out on to the new patio is good.

    3. VALUE FOR MONEY

    A great evening entertainment for a very reasonable price.
    What value do you put on something so memorable?!
    5 star excellent
    Excellent value
    The performance was incredible. I wish they could have gone on for longer.
    Would have been happy to have paid Hippodrome and Colston Hall prices for this show.



    THEY WON'T GO WHEN I GO (Solo: Gena Rose)

    SHOOP SHOOP SONG (Tenors and Basses)



    FACEBOOK PHOTOS SLIDESHOWS PART ONE

    PART TWO
      

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTO GALLERIES

  • From The Archive - Week 9
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 29 May 2020
    For our 9th instalment of FTA, we go back to 2017.  Three years ago today, we were all in prison!

    Here's the event page details:
     

    LEYHILL PRIDE - May 29th 2017




    This was our second visit (and performance) to a prison, following our performance for the Shepton Mallet Prison LGBT+ Group of inmates back in 2012.  Since then, Shepton Mallet has been closed and some of the prisoners transferred to Leyhill Open Prison, a category D prison housing low risk male offenders.  The LGBT+ group has been resurrected and we were invited to perform at their Pride Day; an invitation we eagerly accepted.

    The day started with some of our group meeting at a restaurant near the prison for a pre-performance lunch, after which we arrived at the prison for introductions and warm-ups, before we took to the stage for our performance.

    Click to see full size image

    We performed eight songs in total and spent some time looking around the Pride exhibitions and chatting to inmates over some light refreshments.  A wonderful experience and one we hope to repeat in the future as part of our outreach programme.

    Unfortunately, due to security restrictions, we were unable to make any recordings or photos inside the prison, but the experience will live long in our memories.



    Colour My World
    Big Yellow Taxi
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    Nights in White Satin
    Purple Rain
    Something Inside So Strong
    Briefcase Full Of Blues


    "It was a great experience for both choir and audience. Proud to have been part of it...what a great performance we put on this afternoon and wasn't it well received! It certainly seemed that everyone really enjoyed the concert and we certainly got some positive feedback afterwards. It was lovely to look out at the audience and see people singing along and some even dancing around, I think it was a real high point for many of the inmates attending." - Dee Mooney (Small Performance Coordinator 2017

    "
    Very proud of 'Mini Sing Out' following a very successful performance at Leyhill today, you sounded and looked amazing. R.xx" - Rónán de Búrca (MD)

    "
    Well done everyone. Great gig and great buzz from the audience." - Leanne Chambers (Soprano)

    "
    It was a great experience, and a real eye-opener - particularly the display with the testimonies of being LGBT within the prison system." - Karl Shilton (Bass)

    "
    I'm really happy to have taken part and to talk to members of the audience" - April Pye (Tenor)
  • From The Archive - Week 8
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020
    Back to 2013, this week and a performance at the exquisite Mansion House in Bristol, otherwise known as the Lord Mayor's Parlour.  We don't have any photos or videos from this event, so if you do have any, please upload them to our Share Your Memories page.
     

    Lord Mayor's Reception, May 20th 2013


    To mark the end of his tenure as the Lord Mayor of Bristol, openly gay, Peter Main held a reception at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor in Bristol and invited his favourite choir to sing for his guests.  Peter is a big Abba fan (his email address is one of their song titles) and asked us to 'Up the Abba ratio' for the performance (we had only planned one song from Sweden's leading quartet until Peter intervened.  It's hard to say no to the Lord Mayor, so of course we obliged. 

    After the event, we received a lovely email from Peter:

    Subject: RE: Sing Out Bristol - Lord Mayor's Reception May 2013 

    Hi Sing Out Bristol
     
    Just wanted to say a big thank you to the choir for their lovely performance on Monday, marred only by my participation. Your singing certainly made the evening unforgettable. I will never forget that evening and your contribution to it.
     
    Thanks again
     
    Peter



    Thank you for the music, Peter.

    • Imagine
    • Mamma Mia
    • Money, Money, Money,
    • Thank You For The Music,
    • Perfect Day,
    • Rule the World,
    • Somethin' Stupid,
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow,
    • The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  • Hand In Hand Update
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020

    Last week, representatives from the Hand in Hand Bristol 2023 team met with the organisers of Hand in Hand Newcastle 2021 and the coordinators of Proud Voices (HiH’s umbrella organisation) in a virtual meeting to discuss the challenges facing hosting their event in the current climate.  The decision was taken to postpone the Newcastle festival from August 2021 to August 2022 – please see the statement below.

    We are aware that Various Voices is scheduled for June 2022 in Bologna, Italy and this may create certain challenges for some choirs and their members. By balancing the needs of the UK and Ireland community choirs and Hand in Hand Newcastle’s financial commitments, the organisers anticipate that the extra time between now and the next festival will allow choirs to prepare and fundraise.

    The change to the Newcastle festival does not affect our plans for Hand in Hand Bristol 2023.

    Choir members are asked to:

    • Make a note of 20-21 August 2022 for Hand in Hand Newcastle

    • Volunteer to coordinate SOB’s preparations for Hand in Hand Newcastle – email info@singoutbristol.org.uk 

    The Hand in Hand Bristol 2023 team will keep you informed of any developments – we will be presenting an update at the SOB AGM (lockdown permitting!). If there are any questions, comments or offers, please contact Mark Hubbard, Festival Director handinhandbristol@gmail.com

    Hand In Hand Bristol Planning Team, 22/5/2020

     

    Joint Statement from Proud Voices and Hand in Hand Newcastle 2022

    Hello fellow singers,

    We live in unprecedented times. Never in our lifetimes has the entire country, and indeed the entire world, been affected by a pandemic which such deep and long-lasting restrictions to our health, our livelihood and our passion to meet, rehearse and perform as choirs. Each of us has personally felt the effects on our community – as singers, as individual choirs and as a choral family – and are with resilience adapting to this “new normal” in many innovative ways. There is no denying, however, that over us hangs a great uncertainty about how long this situation is likely to continue and what this means for all of us in the near future.

    Hand in Hand is the UK & Ireland’s LGBT+ choir festival and is usually the first, and often the only, LGBT+ choral festival our choirs participate in. The sheer joy and pride to be found in singing and sharing is boundless, and the energy and enthusiasm it brings is heart-warming and especially important for new and developing choirs, particularly in these times. As such, one of the guiding principles of Hand in Hand has always been accessibility: we are committed to keeping all barriers to participation as low as possible, particularly financial ones. Our goal is to deliver an engaging festival while keeping registration fees as low as possible, and for this reason, the festival is highly dependent on external sponsorship.

    Over the last year the Hand in Hand Newcastle team have been hard at work getting our next festival in place. We have a fantastic concert venue at Sage Gateshead, situated right on the bank of the River Tyne. We had also secured a great Friday party venue, and some excellent but affordable accommodation in the city centre. Deposits had been paid on all of these. Our next priority was to attract grand funding and sponsorship by applying to funding bodies and engaging with local businesses.

    Sadly, with most funding bodies currently freezing all non COVID related applications, or refocusing their spending priorities, delivering on our own high expectations has become impossible in the time frame that we originally set. One possibility was to therefore consider a scaled back festival next year.

    However, we feel there are more than financial considerations. There is still more to understand about the virus. We do not know when or if a vaccine will be available and we do not know when large gatherings will be permitted or what format these may take. With all these unknowns lying in the year stretching out before us, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our next festival by a year. Hand in Hand Newcastle will now take place over the weekend of 20-21 August 2022.

    We know that the news of this postponement will come as a disappointment to many of you – no one is more disappointed than the organizing committee – but we hope that you can see the decision hasn’t been taken lightly and has the wellbeing of all front and centre. We can’t wait to share the wonderful city of Newcastle with you, and we will continue to look forward to this, just a year later than planned. We are sure the celebrations will be huge when the time finally arrives and we look forward to making Hand in Hand 2022 the biggest and best yet. Watch this space!

    To tide us over, please do look out for a new virtual event from the Proud Voices development team, and we look forward to seeing you at Hand in Hand in 2022, 2023 and beyond!

    Take care everybody, and hopeully see you very soon.

    Stay safe!

    Hsien, Lynzee and Jon
    Proud Voices UK & Ireland and Northern Proud Voices


     
  • From The Archive - Week 7
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 15 May 2020
    A bit of a no-brainer this week, as many of you have already shared pics and videos from this event, all this week on Facebook.  Yes, two years ago this very week we were in Munich for our third Various Voices and what an amazing week it was.  

    The next one is in Bolognia, Italy in 2022, assuming things are back to normal by then.  If you've never been to a Various Voices, make sure you come with us as it will be a blast.

    Here's what happened during our week in Munich:
     
    Click the links below to visit the event pages for our two performances, containing members' anecdotes and the photo gallery from our week in Munich.
    FRIDAY PERFORMANCE IN THE GASTEIG
    SATURDAY PERFORMANCE IN ODEONSPLATZ

    Don't forget if you have photos and/or videos from the week, you can upload them on our Share Your Memories page.
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Lockdown Video)
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 12 May 2020
    Here is the finished video.  Thanks to everyone who submitted a video and/or audio recording.  There are 61 individual voices and 58 faces on the video. An amazing response!  Thanks also to Rónán for the amazing sound editing job. It sounds truly beautiful.

    As mentioned previously, we wanted to try something a little different from other choirs who have made some great videos and we came up with a concept of the lockdown video - a tongue-in-cheek spoof intro, where we're all held in a fictitious choir lockdown centre and bored out of our minds, until Gena invites us all to sing from our social media profiles (hence the circular imagery).  

    The intro may not be everyone's cup of tea, so there are two versions available, the one below and one without the intro.  You are welcome to share either on social media and we'll be doing so on the choir's social media platforms.

    Thanks for reading; if you want to know more there's an explanantion about why it all took so long, below the video. 

    YOUTUBE LINKS 
    With spoof intro: https://youtu.be/0GCuW6ab4OU
    Without intro: https://youtu.be/SGEC_bmkjjk




    Additional notes:
    Just to give some context as to why it took so long, the original plan for editing this was ruined early on, when my PC packed up and my laptop wasn't powerful enough to support the software needed. I resorted to using my phone, which has a great video editing app, but it wasn't really designed for a project of this size, needing lots of video layers. I could only load four singers at a time, so had to make 14 separate videos and layer them on top of each other, which meant the earlier videos degraded somewhat and took on a weird green hue as well as going slightly out of sync.  You can see the green hue effect in the current video, at the end, as I kept the very last crescendo from the first video, so we are all on screen together.

    To get around the issue, I've had to reduce everyone's on-screen time to one verse (the basses also have their 'solo' bits, along with a few random backing singers).  Everyone who submitted a video is on the final edit somewhere I nearly forgot Stephen Biles, and there was only room for a tiny Stephen, so to make up for that, he's in it all the way through (apologies Stephen).  It's been a useful learning curve but if and when we do another video, we'll stick to convention and it won't be edited on a phone, I promise! 

    Dave.
  • From The Archive - Week 6
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 9 May 2020
    A very sombre memory for us, this week. 

    Six years ago this weekend, we said goodbye to one of our members who sadly took his own life after years spent battling mental illness.  Ricardo was only a member of the choir for one year but we took solace from the fact that choir rehearsals gave him a lift and a temporary escape from his illness. Fittingly, we sang 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' at the service.

    Here's the text from the memorial event page we performed at, a very moving day:



    One of our more difficult performances.

    We were asked to perform at one of our own member's memorial services, at Alma Church, arranged by a support group that Ricardo, a former Sing Out Bristol Bass, had belonged to.  The service was particularly moving as it featured eulogies and speeches from people Ricardo had helped, through the group. 

    Our performance proved very emotional for both the audience and ourselves and was a fitting way to say goodbye to someone who had found happiness, albeit short-lived, in the choir. 

    His friend Leila, told us that she could always tell when Ricardo had been to a choir rehearsal on a Tuesday evening, as he would come home with a spring in his step and would sing around the house.

    Afterwards, we received this thank you message from Leila, who also organised the day:
    "Thank you so very much for coming along with the choir and making it a great service.  You really helped lift the spirits in the room and contributed to the opening of our hearts.  You were all amazing.  
    Pass on my heartfelt thank you to each and every person who helped make that possible."

    Ricardo kept a blog about his life, 'love as an existence' which is still online.

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    Ricardo Romero 1972 - 2014


    Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    Beautiful
    We Are Family
  • Hand In Hand Cardiff Official Photographs
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 3 Jan 2020
    Back in August we joined other LGBT choirs from across the UK and Ireland for the 4th Hand In Hand Festival.  Our own photos can be found on our gallery pages, but we have also been sent a link to the official photos from the event.  

    Click the link below to view the images.  There is a folder for each choir's performance (so we have two folders).  We'll be adding the images from those folders to our own, in due course.

    Photographs courtesy of Rhian Dixon and Simon Ayre.
  • Black Friday promotion
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2019
    Black Friday promotion

    Get your hands on concert tickets to see Sing Out Bristol live in St George's for their upcoming performances, with an amazing 25% off

    Head over to St George's website and grab your tickets. The Black Friday promotion is only live Friday between 9am and 9pm, and you need to use promo code BLAFRI when checking out.

    Duets & Mash-Ups

    Friday 22 May 2020, 7pm

    This time we’re taking you on a journey through some of the greatest, most beautiful or most remarkable duets ever sung. On top of that we’re also venturing into mash-ups, where some of our favourite songs have been combined into truly stunning arrangements.

    Add to the mix our iconic moves and the beautiful performances from our breakout group Little Sing Out, and you’re in for a treat of an evening. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

    Book tickets

    More information: https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/sing-out-bristol-duets-and-mash-ups/

    Pride Fundraiser

    Wednesday 1 July 2020, 7pm

    For the second time, following the 2019 success, Sing Out Bristol and friends are putting on a fundraiser concert for Bristol Pride 2020.

    Expect an evening of top class entertainment, touching personal testimonies, and musical performances from Sing Out Bristol as well as from our friends in Bristol’s LGBT+, Queer and allies communities.

    Bristol Pride is close to our hearts, and we want to highlight and underline the importance of having a Pride. All profits are donated directly to Bristol Pride, helping them keeping Pride inclusive for everyone.

    Book tickets

    More information: https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/sing-out-for-bristol-pride-2/

  • Our 2020 Concert Tickets Are On Sale Tuesday 22nd October
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Oct 2019
    Our 2020 Concert Tickets Are On Sale Tuesday 22nd October

    Tickets for our 2020 annual concert, 'Duets & Mash-Ups' go on general sale on Tuesday 22nd October at 10am.

    A booking fee applies for online and telephone sales or you can buy in person from St Georges box office.

    Here are the links to buy online from Tuesday:
     

    DUETS & MASH-UPS

    FRIDAY 22nd May 2020
    SATURDAY 23rd May 2020

    After the sell-out success ‘ICONS’ in the spring of 2019, Sing Out Bristol are proud to present their 2020 spring concert theme: ‘Duets & Mash-Ups’.

    This time we’re taking you on a journey through some of the greatest, most beautiful or most remarkable duets ever sung. On top of that we’re also venturing into mash-ups, where some of our favourite songs have been combined into truly stunning arrangements. Add to the mix our iconic moves and the beautiful performances from our breakout group Little Sing Out, and you’re in for a treat of an evening. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

    Thank you, once again for supporting Sing Out Bristol.  We look forward to seeing you in May.

  • TUNE-IN AUTUMN 2019
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2019

    The latest edition of Tune-In, the choir's quarterly magazine is available now, free for all choir followers and members.

    As usual, you can view the magazine online at the link below, or download as a PDF here.


     
  • ICONS official photos
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 9 Aug 2019
    ICONS official photos
    Somewhat later than planned, we have received the images from our official photographer on the night at St Georges on June 1st this year..  They've been added to the existing gallery of images, giving us over 500 photos from the night.

    You can view the whole gallery here, or if you'd just like to see these new images, click the image below

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  • Lord Mayor meets Sing Out Bristol representatives
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 5 Jul 2019
    Following our successful Pride Fundraiser on Wednesday and ahead of our Pride performance, the Lord Mayor of Bristol invited our MD, Co-Chair and Outreach Coordinator to the Lord Mayor's parlour for a chat and tea.

    After the informal meeting, the Lord Mayor tweeted:
    "Pre Pride Festival I had the opportunity to invite members of @SingOutBristol for tea. I very much enjoyed their concert earlier in the week."

  • Feedback from St. George's customers
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 12 Jun 2019
    Feedback from St. George's customers

    I have today received an email from St. George's with some feedback from their customers. St. George's have been  asking them about 1. the event, 2. the performance space and 3. value for money:

    1. EVENT

    Such a professional show for a community choir!!

    Well orchestrated and well choreographed considering the number of people in the choir

    Quite remarkably distinct, engaging and at times profoundly poignant. The ending came too soon.

    Fantastic atmosphere. Beautifully presented.

    Fabulous show none stop entertainment from start to finish. Highly recommended

    Fabulous performance and choir.

    Excellent performance and acoustics

    Uplifting and professional performance by a gifted team

    Amazing show as always. Staff very courteous and helpful

    Musically very good, great choreography and a choir that were clearly enjoying themselves

    Varied, enjoyable choice of songs, beautifully sung.

    Choir fantastic but given their number the sound was very muted. Needed much better amplification. I said this politely to the team on the sound desk at the beginning of the interval and surprisingly they did not heed my advice.

    2. THE VENUE

    Lovely new space

    The best acoustics of any hall in the UK

    Providing water jugs near the seating was a life saver. Thank you.

    Very smart and well- designed.

    It would have been helpful to have toilets on each floor.

    Love the next building make the place so much better to get around and for socializing.

    Fantastic venue and acoustics. Loving the additional building.

    Very nice venue

    It is fabulous

    Beautiful architecture and great organisation.

    Extension and extra facilites a great improvement and presumably much easier for you. More nudges needed to get us to order our drinks ready for the interval - am guilty so had to wait almost missing out.

    I love St George's as a venue and think the new renovations are wonderful. However I couldnt give it 5 stars as we were not able to take glasses into the show.

    Excellent acoustics. Lovely bar/cafe area

    Compact, comfortable and acoustically perfect - also some very clever lighting

    Great acoustics

    I like the redevelopment. Having the doors opening out on to the new patio is good.

    3. VALUE FOR MONEY

    A great evening entertainment for a very reasonable price.

    What value do you put on something so memorable?!

    5 star excellent

    Excellent value

    The performance was incredible. I wish they could have gone on for longer.

    Would have been happy to have paid Hippodrome and Colston Hall prices for this show.

  • IMPORTANT: No rehearsal Tuesday 4 June
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 29 May 2019
    IMPORTANT: No rehearsal Tuesday 4 June

    IMPORTANT: There is NO REHEARSAL this coming Tuesday (4 June 2019)

    I have decided in agreement with the committee and the MD team, that we shall not hold the usual feedback session at the first rehearsal after the concert. Instead feedback will be done online this year, giving everyone an equal chance of providing feedback anonymously. More info about how to do this will follow in a separate post.

    We have agreed to give everyone next week off - which means that there will be no rehearsal and noone in the rehearsing space on Tuesday 4 June. Instead we suggest to meet up at Brewers Fayre between 7:30 and 9:30. Respond to the event here.

    Christian
    Concert director

  • We want you on the big screen // call for volunteers
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 19 Feb 2019

    It’s time to film our introduction/welcome video for the ICONS concert - and I am now looking for volunteers to star in this.

    I need between 10-25 volunteers - the more the merrier

    My idea is that everybody will read the same script - and we can then cut the lines together so every person will have their own line in the video - think airline safety video, think Nothing Compares To You music video - that style! The look I am going for is something like this below - it will tie in nicely with the ICONS concept.

       

    Don’t be afraid of failing this - we really want AS MANY as possible from the choir to showcase on the big screen - we will be doing the filming at rehearsals and we can take and re-take as many times as we need - and finally - we’ll only use your the bits recorded. That’s the beauty of this concept.

    If you are interested in this - please let me know by sending me an email on concertdirector@singoutbristol.org.uk, alternatively come have a chat with me or Alex Williams (bass) at rehearsals.

    The script we’d be asking you to read, is as follows:

    1. Willkommen,
    2. Bienvenue,
    3. Welcome.
    4. Welcome one and all to our home for tonight, St George's Bristol,
    5. and thank you for coming.
    6. Tonight is the culmination of 9 months hard preparation for us.
    7. it's been tough - we are not gonna lie to you - but we've had a lot of fun along the way
    8. and we are so proud of the performance we are about to put on for you.
    9. The theme for this years concert is Gay Icons,
    10. as you can see, the programme is varied, with a few "classical" pieces, 
    11. pop tunes from the charts, 
    12. good old sing-along classics as well as songs from our favourite human rights activists
    13. in other words: a concert reflecting some of our icons, 
    14. the people who have played a big role in our community and in our lives.
    15. But before we start, 
    16. a few pieces of practical information:
    17. Please turn off your mobile phones, or put them in silent mode.
    18. You're allowed to take pictures, but please do not use the flash.
    19. If you need to use the facilities during our performance, 
    20. you might be asked to wait a short time when coming back 
    21. just until we finish the current song, 
    22. so you don't disturb the performance and people sitting around you.
    23. Now sit back
    24. Relax
    25. And enjoy this show by Sing Out Bristol
    26. Welcome!

    Christian
    Concert director
    ICONS 2019

  • Will we sell out at St George's?
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 17 Feb 2019

    Many of you have asked, "how is it going with ticket sales?". As of today, status is; we've come off to a good start - but could use a bit of a push.

    Friday
    33%
    of seats sold
    Saturday
    65%
    of seats sold
    Sing Out Bristol 79
    St George's 118
    Total sales 197
    Sing Out Bristol 156
    St George's 229
    Total sales 385

    As you can see we've sold 582 tickets over both days so far - St George's have a total of 590 seats - so we've sold the hall completely out - but only once. We need to sell twice this number of tickets to have two sellout nights, so please do all you can to push sales for Friday. It would be a shame to perform for a half full St George's.

    Remember - you can still buy tickets from me at Tuesdays rehearsals. I have 121 left for Friday across all ticket bands, and only 44 seats left for Saturday (mainly balcony seats).

    Christian
    Concert director
    ICONS 2019

  • Charity Of The Year
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Jan 2019
    Hello Everyone. 

    The Committee have decided that we would like to choose a charity of the year. 

    The chosen charity would receive a percentage donation of the profits we make at our concert this year.

    How will we decide? 

    We would like to receive nominations from choir members for local charities they would like us to support. To make this process as easy as possible please follow the following guidance.
    • Please nominate only one charity
    • Within your nomination please explain why this charity should win
    • Try to make it a local charity 
    • Send nominations to outreach@singoutbristol.org.uk or comment on this post
    Deadline will be the first of February when I will collate all the nominations and pick a top 3. The choir will then vote for the charity they wish to win out of the 3 and the winner will be decided.

    Happy nominating! 


  • Review Of The Year 2018
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 2 Jan 2019
    This video was posted to Facebook on New Years Eve, to mark the end of our 10th anniversary year.  It's a 10 minute slideshow interspersed with a couple of clips of our performances.
    YouTube Video URL:
  • Certificate from National AIDS Trust
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 10 Dec 2018
    Certificate from National AIDS Trust
    Here's the Gold Award certificate we received from The National AIDS Trust, veryfying the amount we raised for them on World AIDS Day 2018, with our performance in Cabot Circus.

    Thank you to evryone who came along to perform or support us on the day. 

     
    Attachment:
  • Bristol Trans Support Pledge
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 26 Jul 2018
    Bristol Trans Support Pledge
    If you were at Pride, recently, you may be aware of the Bristol Trans Pledge, in support of the trans members of our community.  After consulting the trans members of the choir, Sing Out Bristol is proud to support this pedge as a choir, on our social media pages and we invite our members and followers to do the same.

    From the Trans Pledge website:

    In the past few months trans people have come under increasing attack in the media. So much so that the International Lesbian & Gay Association has downgraded the UK in its annual Rainbow Europe rankings.

    We believe that Trans People have the right to be treated equally. This includes:

    1. The right to exist
    2. The right to live freely without fear
    3. The right to be treated with dignity & respect
    4. The right to enjoy the security of UK legislation
    5. The right to speak and be heard

    We will be asking the people of Bristol to support this pledge via social media in the run-up to Pride.

    For further information about possible changes to the UK’s Gender Recognition Act, please see: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/truth-about-trans.

    #IPledgeTransSupport #KeepHateOutOfBristol

    Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor
    Alex Raikes, SARI
    Sarah-Louise Minter, LGBT Bristol
    Daryn Carter, Bristol Pride
    Bristol MIND
    T.I.G.E.R. Bristol Coop
    The Diversity Trust
    Unite the Union South West Region
    Bristol Labour
    Stephen Williams (former LibDem MP)
    Andrea Young, Chief Executive North Bristol NHS Trust
    Bristol Green Party
    Bristol Green councillor group
    University of Bristol
    Mike Jempson
    Cllr. Mhairi Threlfall
    Dr. Finn MacKay
    OutStories Bristol
    The University of the West of England
    Dru Marland
    Brigstowe
    Feminist Archive South
    Bristol Temple Meads Ambassadors
    Voice & Influence Partnership
    Bristol Women’s Voice
    Bristol Queercaf
    Bristol Panthers FC
    Kiki Bristol
    LaDIYfest Bristol
    Andrew Brown, Secretary LGBT+ Lib Dems, and Bristol Lib Dem Member
    Bristol LibDems
    Sue Sanders, School’s Out
    Fran Edwards
    Katie Herring
    Bristol Bisons RFC
    Stephen Collings, Equality Lead, Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service
    Bristol Independent Mental Health Network
    Tom Renhard
    Glenn Townsend
    Travis Alabanza
    Sarah Savage
    Kate Adair
    Kate Hutchinson
    GIRES
    Alice Denny
    Ben Vincent
    Simon Henwood
    Fox & Owl
    Lewis Hancox
    The Priory Hospital Bristol

    To report transphobic hate crime call SARI: 0800 171 2272 | to talk to someone call MindLine Trans+: 0300 330 5468

    Pledge wording taken with thanks from that used by Pride Cymru & Wales Equality Alliance.

    The artwork was provided by Frank Duffy.

  • One Day Until Pride
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 13 Jul 2018
    One Day Until Pride

    We are so excited about our performance at Bristol Pride tomorrow.

    Join us on the march  from 11am and come watch us on the main stage from 12.30pm

    YouTube Video URL:
  • World AIDS Day 2017 Update
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 29 Jun 2018
    World AIDS Day 2017 Update
     
     
     
     
     
    Dear Sing Out Bristol,           
    Thank you for supporting World AIDS Day back in December. The six months since have just flown by!
     
    I wanted to get in touch to let you how much we raised from the campaign:
     
                                               £88,414
    That’s a staggering achievement, and it’s all down to your hard work. Thank you.
    I wanted to let you know how your donations have helped to prevent new cases of HIV and champion the rights of people living with HIV. I’ve compiled a full report on what we've achieved, which you can access below. Please share it with anybody who took part in your World AIDS Day fundraising, so they can see the impact of their donation. 
     
     
     
     
    How you've helped us prevent new cases of HIV

    If you tuned in to BBC2 at 9pm last night, you might have seen our Chief Executive and Director of Strategy in a documentary about PrEP. If you missed it, it's available on BBC iPlayer here.

    The documentary tells the story of how we fought to make PrEP available to 10,000 people on the NHS. PrEP has already prevented thousands of cases of HIV. It could spell the end of the HIV epidemic.
    With your support, we’ve been making the case to NHS England that more people should have free access to the drug. Having considered our evidence, it seems likely that NHS England will make more places available soon.
    What next?
    We’re already planning our World AIDS Day 2018 campaign, including a full revamp of our educational resources and a campaign that will get even more people nationwide to wear the red ribbon with pride.
    It would be great to have your support again for this year’s World AIDS Day. Save the date - and we’ll be in touch before then about how to get involved.
    Thank you, 

    Oliver Nicholls
    Fundraising Officer
     
     
     
     
  • 10th Anniversary Edition Of Tune-In
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 11 Apr 2018
    10th Anniversary Edition Of Tune-In
    To celebrate reaching our 10th anniversary, and just ahead of the concerts, this weekend, here is the latest edition of the choir magazine, 'Tune-In, for all members and friends of Sing Out Bristol..

    As usual, if you prefer a basic PDF version, you can download it here

     
  • Hand In Hand 2019
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 20 Feb 2018
    Hand In Hand 2019
    There's so much for our choir to look forward to in the next 18 months.

    As well as Munich, in May this year, we're excited about performing on this stage, next year! 

    UK LGBT choir festival, Hand In Hand 2019 will take place in Cardiff at the prestigious St Davids Hall, following a successful festival in Manchester, last year.



    And, before all that, of course, there's the small matter of our 10th Anniversary concerts, this April.
    Just 24 tickets left for the Saturday performance, and around 90 for the Friday.
     
  • Happy New Year
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 3 Jan 2018
    Happy New Year

    It's been an amazing 2017 for the choir.

    We performed 10 times, more than any other year, and increased our members' social events to one a month.

    We end 2017 with 141 paying members and another 9 newbies who are in the process of deciding whether to join.

    2018 will be even bigger and better.  Thank you for supporting us in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you again in our 10th Anniversary year.

    Watch this space!

    But before that, watch this video: our highlights from 2017.

    YouTube Video URL:
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