After my appointment I was somewhat thrown in the deep end with a performance to put together in two weeks!
Somehow we did it and thanks to a very loyal and supportive Pride audience we survived the first outing.
Since then we have gone from strength to strength with members becoming more confident individually and so helping the sound as a whole develop and become that illusive thing of "becoming the instrument." Or being as one, a bit like the Borg from Star Trek, only less scary and more tuneful.
There have been a lot of highlights over the years including Performing at Bletchley and at the Hand in Hand Festival in London. ( I was slightly bricking it,about performing in front of all the other MD's and tried not to be overcome by impostor syndrome but I didn't let on!)
The choir members that came along to the Hand in Hand Festival were un knowingly entering into a musical marathon and really rose to the occasion learning Opera, Medieval Madrigals and a Maori and African number.
That would be enough in one day, but we were to perform all this new material along with about 400 other LGBT choristers. Sandwiched beautifully in between these musical delights was our performance of the Out 140's which I have to say were a triumph. I was so proud of them. It was a sweltering day with a lot of pressure and they stayed calm and performed brilliantly. There stage entrances and exits were beautifully executed! (We worked on that a lot!)
For me the real highlight and why I do this kind of work isn't the glory of great performances (wonderful though they are), it is about the connections that people make with each other and watching the terrified gradually allow themselves to use their voice and grow in confidence. Choirs are rarely just about the singing, Norwich Pride Choir is no exception. It's also about Tea and Cake, friendship, activism, making a stand, having a laugh, being creative and being heard.
Thank you Norwich Pride Choir