2016

Auckland, New Zealand

Choirs from across Australia and New Zealand attended Out & Loud in Auckland in February 2016 during Auckland’s Pride Festival. The festival’s theme was ‘connection and community’ and under the tutelage of guest conductor Kathleen McGuire we certainly achieved that. Choirs performed at pop up singing events across the city with the Festival culminating in a gala concert at Western Spring College. Participants also joined Auckland Pride Parade in a celebratory march through the city streets.

 

 

2013

Hobart, Tasmania

Out & Loud in Hobart in July 2013 was part of the Festival of Voices, Australia’s premier celebration of the human voice. The festival’s guest conductor, Charlie Beale, Artistic Director of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus spent a week with a range of LGBTIQ+ choirs culminating in a gala concert. Choirs also had the opportunity to perform at the extraordinary MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).

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2010

Auckland, New Zealand

GALS Auckland organised the festival in Easter 2010 which was attended by 200 singers from Australia and New Zealand. The final performance in the Auckland Town Hall featured the first outing of the newly restored organ accompanying a massed choir. David Hamilton wrote the fantastic composition which was performed : Mehe Korokoro Tui.

 

 

2007

Melbourne, Victoria

Nearly 200 gay and lesbian choristers gathered in Melbourne for this Out & Loud festival culminating in a grand concert in the Melbourne Town Hall. Following individual choir performances, three massed choir pieces were sung. The Choir of Hard Knocks also made an appearance.

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2001

Sydney, New South Wales

150 gay and lesbian choristers from Australia and New Zealand spent Easter weekend 2001 at Sydney University for what was essentially the first Out & Loud festival (‘Camp Music’). They enjoyed workshops, social events and rehearsals for a massed choral commission by composer Matthew Hindson ‘Heartland’. The weekend culminated in a gala concert at the Sydney Town Hall, with the premiere of Heartland conducted by the late Richard Gill.