Sing Out for Bristol Pride 2019 - LSO, Sing Out Bristol

7:00pm, Wed, 3 Jul 2019

  • Event Details
  • Type of event: Performance
    Duration: 150 minutes
    Venue: St George's Bristol
    Great George Street
    Brandon Hill
    BS1 5RR
    Description: Sing Out for Bristol Pride 2019
    Our first ever Pride Fundraiser, in partnership with St Georges, turned out to be a corker.  Coming just a month after our last annual concerts, we were back on the wonderful St Georges' stage, raising money for Bristol Pride, with some special guests to help us.

    Our very own Francis Strange, from the bass section, opened up proceedings playing his trademark accompaniment to some silent movie clips on the big screen, while the audience took their seats.  Little Sing Out then took the stage, performing three songs, including Life Lived Well, written by our assistant MD, Lindsey Williams.  We kept the Sing Out theme going, with Bashema, also from the bass section, who performed one of her own songs and a medley of Pride themed songs (look out for a repeat perf0rmance on the Diva Stage at Bristol Pride). The first act closed with our guests The Great Sea Choir, whose amazing tight harmonies thrilled the audience. 

    Following the interval, and another rendition from Francis, our second guests Airbus Filton Choir wowed the audience with a selection of classic tunes, including an emotional Hallelujah and a wonderful version of Bridge Over Troubled Water.  While Airbus were on stage, we were in the warm up room, preparing to take to the stage.  We closed the evening with a selection of songs from our Icons concert, as well as an old favourite, Christina Aguilera's Beautiful, which seemed most appropriate for the evening.

    In between acts, a number of guest speakers from Sing Out Bristol took the stage to describe what Pride means to them.  Our thanks go to  Soprano, Suzanne Doyle, along with Michael O'Callaghan and Matt Crocker from the bass section, who all moved the audience with their emotional stories.  

    The finalé/encore featured all three choirs on stage to perform our unofficial Pride anthem, Colour My World.  A fantastic evening, attended by representatives from Bristol Pride and the Lord Mayor and a very enthusiiastic audience.  Hopefully, this won't be the last time we host a Pride Fundraiser.

    Legit the whole thing was astounding. You should be so proud

    SENSATIONAL evening. I cried basically non stop.  Well done and thanks for a great night xx

    Well done for a fab show this evening. Right proud of the lot of you.

    Great performance tonight. Well done everyone.

    A very enjoyable evening. Well done to you all. Great to hear the other choirs. Fab fab fab.

    You guys were INCREDIBLE! It was lovely to watch from the audience tonight -  amazing to see how songs like Rise (my favourite from Icons) and Sweet Dreams look like from the audience perspective. And of course you don't just look good, you sounded ICONIC! 

    My friend and I were blown away by the amazing talent of all the performers. Never been to a choir show before, so had no idea what to expect. We left feeling so uplifted and so positive! And it gave us so much hope for change during these political times. Huge thank you to everyone and you are all incedible!

    Thank you Sing Out Bristol for your words, songs and excellent moves! Was such a lovely night of singing and solidarity.

    What a fantastic concert..., so many beautiful voices, vibrant, poignant, joyful and such a broad repertoire so a huge thank you. I think l experienced the full range of emotions as people sang and shared their stories, l feel that l understand more now why Pride means so much to people and even more so why allyship is so important.  I hope the event runs again.

    The wonderful Rónán de Burca and team! What a superb job you all did at organising the gig last night in aid of Pride. Thanks for all your hard work and exceptional organisation. You are all brilliant! -  The Great Sea Choir on Twitter.

    Thank you so much for inviting us. We had an amazing evening and loved watching and listening to all the brilliant musicians tonight. - Airbus Filton Choir

    Wow the fabulous Sing Out Bristol.  Thank you for inviting me. - Lord Mayor of Bristol on Twitter

    A fantastic concert to help launch Bristol Pride. Three great choirs, some wonderful solo performances and several moving and inspirational speeches too. Delighted to attend with our Lord Mayor. - Andrew Varney ,The Lord Mayor's escort

    Truly amazing experience. Must be one of the best concerts that I have ever participated in - David Evans from the Airbus Filton Choir

    We're all still buzzing! Your performances were superb and your moves... wow!! - Airbus Filton Choir on Twitter

    Life Lived Well
    Nothing Compares 2U
    Elastic Heart
    Just Give Me a Reason
    Rise Like a Phoenix
    Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
    The Show Must Go On
    Like a Prayer
    Colour My World (with The Great Sea Choir and Airbus Filton Choir)

    A few clips recorded on the night by audience member, Sophia.







    These are the acts we shared the stage with: 


    Our very own Bashema performs an eclectic mix of music ranging from her own self-penned compositions to jazz, blues and pop covers. 

    She regularly plays at summer festivals, including the Bristol Harbour and Balloon Festivals, and appeared at Pride In London on the cabaret stage, an event we live streamed on our Facebook page. 

    This year, you can also catch
    Bashema on the new Diva Stage at Bristol Pride.


    The Great Sea Choir

    Founded in 2012, this amazing group have risen from a small group of singers to a forty-strong choir, performing their unique selection of a cappella, contemporary-folk arrangements.

    Airbus Choir

    As the name suggests, this is a workplace choir based in the Filton Airbus site, led by music director David Ogden. They’ve been going since 2016 and have performed at various charity events and have already played St George's this year, at the Raise The Roof event in January.

    Francis Strange 

    Another member of our choir, Francis is an accomplished accordionist who regularly plays accompanying music to silent film showings in Bristol and beyond, bringing the movies to life in the way they were always intended.

    Little Sing Out 

    Little Sing Out (LSO) is a spin-off ensemble from the main Sing Out Bristol choir. Although there is no audition process for the main choir, we do require auditions for LSO as there are more challenging pieces to perform. This means we’re able to play smaller functions and venues, such as weddings and birthdays, where the whole choir would be too large.

    All proceeds raised on the night went towards helping keep Bristol Pride free in 2019.