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Hand in Hand in Brighton

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We had a wonderful time in Brighton at the UK and Ireland LGBT Choirs Festival. We went to some amazing singing workshops, took part in some spectacular concerts, learnt loads in the Sunday morning workshops for choir leaders and had a lovely Big Gay picnic in the park. We sang an OUT140 Suite of 6 songs including our “micro-opera” with Mary Benefiel.

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Here’s what people said about our performance:

I laughed so much I nearly peed myself

That was about as much fun as you could have in 10 minutes

It was amazing!

brilliant! Your set really stood out from all the others

I loved the humour. It was great to be able to laugh

BRILLIANT performance. Very original and witty. Fantastic!

It was wonderful

You guys were really excellent, very different

I loved how original your material was. You really looked like you enjoyed yourself. That’s a great thing to see in a choir

Oh my god your set was fantastic, so clever

It was so original

It was so refreshing, it was just great

Sometimes we can be so intense. It was nice to hear songs written about things people have genuinely said

Touching and rather lovely

It was so moving, very cleverly done, beautiful

Charming, immediate, arresting

It was really uplifting

I loved your show and I want a copy of your book!

I loved your little coming-out songs! Are they available to share?

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Ebola Call and Response

Suzanne Williams from Hemblington Harmony is organising an event to raise money for the two key charities involved in helping communities stricken by Ebola and its aftermath. The idea is to learn a particular song of hope and video record it to upload it to the Ebola Call and Response website, where other groups are doing the same. All singers make a donation to help support with funds and song.
You and your friends can support this wave of hope by coming to sing this song ‘Ise Oluwa’ on Saturday May 23rd in the beautiful Centre for the Arts in South Walsham from 14:00 – 17:00. Recordings of the song and the music are available for learning in advance, and the song will be taught in the afternoon. Teas coffee and biscuits will be served. As well as singing the song, participants are asked to bring £5 to donate to the cause.
Please call or email Suzanne Williams on 01603 716268 or zanniewilliams@gmail.com to say if you would like to participate.

Ebola Call and Response

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Mike’s our man!

Meet Mike, our marvellous new Musical Director. Mike was a tenor in the choir before stepping up to lead us. He’s been having lots of fun arranging the Abba and Sound of Music mash-up for our giant choir at Norwich Pride. He’s also getting slightly addicted to writing OUT140 songs for us – he’s now on his third one! 🙂

Mike Yarde MD

 

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Here comes Kirsty!

Sing with Pride are kicking off the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia celebrations with a “Groove is in the Heart” singing workshop with acclaimed ‘choral activist’ Kirsty Martin from Brighton. Come and sing original bluesy tunes, wondrous world harmony and smoky soulful arrangements of great songs – songs of passion, protest and celebration! It’s on Saturday 9th May from 10-3pm at the Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane. Cost £20/£15. Please bring lunch to share and we’ll provide drinks and homemade cake. Email info@singwithpride.org.uk to book your place.

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Kirsty invites us to celebrate our joyful freedom to love and raise our voices in choral splendour in this special, one-day workshop focusing on group harmony, rhythmic fun and global beats.

All welcome – from first timers to the experienced workshop junkie!!

Kirsty describes herself as a ‘choral activist’ and is well known throughout the UK for her spine tingling harmonies and sublime choral compositions, as well as her energising, radical approach to teaching and facilitating workshops. Founding Musical Director for the gloriously notorious Hullabaloo Community Quire in Brighton, and co MD for Raise the Roof Community Choir based in South London, and co-director for GLOW choir (Gay Lesbian Or Whatever) Kirsty is a founding mover and shaker of the Natural Voice Practitioner’s Network and a regular teacher at Laurieston Hall, Unicorn Voice Camp and the National Street Choirs Festival, to name a few!

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Giant Choir at Pride

We’re looking for choirs and singers across Norfolk to join us on stage at Norwich Pride on Saturday 25th July. We’re planning an Abba mash-up and other popular tunes. We’re hoping to have the biggest singalong the city has ever seen! If you’re interested in joining us please email us at info@singwithpride.org.uk.

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Our very first performance – Norwich Pride 2010!

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Hand in Hand

We’re going to Brighton for the weekend of 11-13th June for the Hand in Hand UK and Ireland LGBT Choirs Festival. It is going to be AMAZING. The main choral events are all day on Saturday and Sunday morning, but there’s exciting things happening across the weekend….

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The famous Brighton Dome is booked for the whole of Saturday for the main event and we’re planning a great day with something for everyone. There will be workshops, performances, socialising and a fabulous evening show of LGBT choirs with tickets available to the public.

It’s bound to be a sellout in the friendliest, gayest seaside resort in the UK.

Sunday 14th (not too early!) we’re offering MD’s, Chairs, Committee members, etc, the chance to network, brainstorm and share issues in a number of short meetings. We know these opportunities are really valuable and rare. Most other delegates will take part in the Seaside Flashmobs. We’re going to put a smile on faces and sing in a range of nearby venues including the sea front. By lunchtime we’ll all get together again for a huge leisurely LGBT picnic in the park followed by fond farewells….

And, as Hand in Hand starts at 10am on Saturday 13th, we thought you may like to come on Friday so we’ll be arranging different social events that Brighton’s vibrant and diverse scene can offer.

Check www.handinhandbrighton.org for more information on the weekend, accommodation, Brighton visitor advice, travel advice and much more.

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Swaffham Success

We took part in the very first Norfolk Community Choirs Festival at Swaffham yesterday. It was fabulous! Great workshops, inspirational leaders, wonderful choirs and we got to perform our “OUT140 Micro-Opera” for the first time. The crowd were fabulous – gave us a huge roar and round of applause and we even had people up for standing ovations. Here’s what Linda, one of the other choir MDs said about us:

“I loved your choir – the songs were fantastic! Great that the day nourished you all and boosted the choirs confidence.”

Here we are in the EDP. Can you spot our guest MD Mary Benefiel in three photos?! 🙂 EDP Community Choirs Festival

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