I posted quite a bit from Handler and I's visit to Dublin for the Various Voices LGBT Community Choir festival a few weeks ago - but no videos. I thought I would therefore share this (screen-captured) video of Sir's Choir, Sing Out Bristol, performing their set on the first day of the Festival.
(My lovely Man is on the back row, in the blue braces :) )
All Choired out and farewells made - so a day to chill with a bumble around the local countryside: into Wicklow and over the uplands to Glendalough by way of the Sally Gap, then on to Powerscourt for cakage du jour via the Wicklow pass.
Catching up with the Pink Singers LGBT and LGBT Choirs History exhibition - a brilliant telling of the fight for rights and equality, and the power to be found in gathered voices, raised in protest, celebration and song.
It's also humbling to see quite how far we have all come - and exciting to see the plans for where we will be for the next event in four years time!
A morning of choral magnificence, lumps-on-throats and tears - with classical perfection from the Classical Lesbians, rousing Burns from Scotland's Out and Loud, spectacularly gutsy performances from two Kiwi choirs, and harmonies from the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington so close that you couldn't have got a sheet of tissue paper between them; their two soloists were stunning too - even if they did make my Man cry...
Breakfast with the choir, then I settled down to a little iPad catch-up on the Helix - coupled with a long chat about 'pups and gay-bikers' with some lovely guys from one of the Dutch choirs, before taking a (rather hot) run around the park whilst Sir rehearsed with the Festival Chorus.
Sir was a little sing-out after 3 hours of singing, so we spent the afternoon out on the bike, enjoying the countryside in Kildaire - and a prolonged stay at the Straffan Victorian Tea Rooms and Antique centre for a little cacage du jour, and a (rather rusty) tinkle on the ivories... If only we had space on the bike (and a spare €600...)
Sir then left me to prepare for the concert - and so I ended the day with the guys from SOB and a fantastically camp Eurovision evening of choral splendour...!
Breakfast with the gathering choirs, pre-registration - and a chance to catch up with friends old and new...
Sing Out Bristol was then rehearsing for the morning, so I took a nice jaunt into the city for a bit of touristy wandering (the Sean Skully at the Hugh Lane Gallery was *breathtaking*), and an expensive little a visit to 'This Is Knit' at the lovely Powerscourt shopping centre
Then it was hopping the bus back to DMC to catch the amazing Hinsegin Korinn Reykjavik Queer Choir - Bristol's own Sing Out Bristol - and the afternoon headliners of the New York Gay Men's chorus
We were both tuckered, so skipped the final evening concert for a early night, but it's been a grand day - and a fantastic atmosphere :) - and yet more to come tomorrow...