Hand in Hand 2019

Sat, 17 Aug 2019
Our third trip to Hand In Hand, this time in Wales...

Cardiff's three LGBT+ choirs (South Wales Gay Mens Chorus, Songbirds and Cardiff Trans Singers) co-hosted this year's event.  70 of us travelled across the Bristol Channel on Friday in time for the opening event, a party in the Cardiff University Student Union.  The majority of delegates (there were nearly 1000 of them, representing 30 different choirs) stayed in the University accommodation at Talybont North.

On Saturday, we performed in the magnificent St David's Hall, in the centre of Cardiff, to an enthusiastic audience made up of our peers from some of the other choirs at the event and paying members of the public. This was followed by a gala concert, presented by the three host choirs, the Festival Chorus (of which some of our members joined for the weekend) and the Festival Orchestra, a new project making its debut at this event 

We rounded off the festival with a free performance in the Wales Millennium Centre (switched from the originally planned Norwegian Church outdoor stage, due to weather concerns).  Another enthusiastic audience showed their appreciation and we returned to Bristol on a high, as we tend to do from these festivals.  Attention now turns to 2021 and the next Hand In Hand festival to be held in Gateshead and hosted by Proud Northern Voices.

Music Director & Conductor: Rónán de Búrca
Assistant Music Director & Conductor: Lindsey Williams
Accompanist: Amy Brewer
Hand In Hand Coordinators: Danny Champken & Dave Johnson

“I just wanted to say what an incredible performance you gave both today and yesterday. Sing Out Bristol has really upped their level of musicality and performance. Congratulations!”
Hsien Chew , Proud Voices Coordinator (basically the guy in charge of Hand In Hand)

An absolute delight watching you perform Sweet Dreams 
- Sarah Duffy via Facebook

You sounded amazing singing Val Regan's beautiful song 'The Turing Test'.
- Sandra Baker via Twitter

You really did, Many thanks.
- Val Regan (composer of The Turing Test) via Twitter

Your set was stunning, you should all be very proud!
- London Gay Mens Chorus via Twitter

Great Set!
- Ben R via Twitter

OMG you smashed Like A Prayer! 
- Sandra Baker via Twitter

Was wonderful to see you all perform and Sweet Dreams was fantastic,
- Micheal Doyle (Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus) via Facebook

The Turing Test
Just Give Me a Reason
Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
The Writing's On The Wall
Rise Like a Phoenix
Like a Prayer

For Sunday's set list, see here.

Click 'View Photos' to see lots of photos taken by members of the choir and posted to social media (along with some pics from the official Hand In Hand photographer). There's also a special album from Kellie Walters featuring High Def images.  Thank you Kellie for sharing these fab photos.  Both galleries show images from the whole weekend, not just this performance.