Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir

Japan 2019 / Toyko/Fukuoka

SGLC toured Japan in April 2019 to attend the Proud Voices Asia ‘Hand in Hand’ Choral Festival in Tokyo. The choir also performed outreach concerts in Tokyo and Fukuoka.

The choir showcased music that inspires, motivates and brings our cultures together. We sang pride anthems, like ‘This Is Me’, ‘Proud’ and ‘Rise Up’, contemporary Australian works including part of our own commissioned work by composer John Peterson, ‘Dreams and Visions’, together with popular Japanese choral works.

Proud Voices Asia represents LGBT choirs across Asia. It began after the Shining Jazzy Chorus from Beijing and the Pink Singers from London got in touch with a fellow choir in Singapore. They agreed that the community spirit which music creates should to be encouraged, despite geographical, cultural, political and linguistic barriers. Since then many other lesbian, gay, bi and trans choirs in Asia have joined them.

We had an amazing 10 days and met many wonderful people on our travels, thank you to everyone involved in organising, managing and running the tour.

Thank you also to Nadine Lee for the images | Instagram @nadine068

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