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The pandemic has wreaked havoc on all our choirs. Restrictions on gathering, rehearsing and performing have put the survival of our communities, and the roles our choirs play in them, at risk. Choirs are more than just a hobby - they provide a safe and social space for people which nurtures diversity and personal growth, and they serve as a collective voice to bring people together to express feelings of hope, solidarity and celebration. Nothing touches the soul like a song can!

Proud Voices aims to keep our LGBT choral community singing by creating projects and virtual events which enable our choirs to share their collective wisdom, and to keep participation in all our groups going. Let's keep singing!

COVID presents an existential threat to our community. That is why we have decided to do something about it, by sharing the knowledge we have to weather this difficult time, and by creating a platform which celebrates LGBT+ choral singing in all its multi-coloured glory. We've organized roundtables and will be putting together a Hand in Hand Virtual Festival for the first time. This will showcase the tremendous talents we have from across the British Isles and the many community activities our choirs participate in. The Hand in Hand Virtual festival will also include workshops to encourage widespread participation.

You can help!

To bring this all together we need your help. We're aiming to deliver on these plans with a small budget and would ask that you donate if you are able to. We're aiming to raise £1200 to pay for a host and workshop leaders for the festival, and any surplus donations will go to making Hand in Hand Newcastle 2022 a reality. All donations, however big or small, would be gratefully received.

Thank you!

Together we can make it through the pandemic, surviving and singing! We look forward to seeing you at Hand in Hand!