Hundreds of singers and an orchestra performing at the Hand in Hand LGBT+ choral festival in Cardiff's St David's Hall

Weeknotes #13


A very full week with Britten, with a heavy focus on roadmap building, and nurturing cross-team community.

Around this I’ve been sneaking in research interviews for the MBA – these have been fairly instructive so far and my reflections on them have already flowed to many pages. Much more to do here over the coming couple of weeks, before getting into dissertation writing mode in earnest in mid September.

At the weekend, a visit to Cardiff for the biennial Hand in Hand LGBT+ choral festival. The Pink Singers organised the first of these back in 2013 (and I was privileged to help with the organisation). It’s grown in stature considerably since – growing from 400 singers back then to 1,000 now, and representation from over 30 choirs from all around the UK and Ireland.

For me it was a reminder of the impact that these positive queer communities can have (even the BBC took notice). Each choir grows from strength to strength each year, amassing new members and taking on more ambitious and varied performance opportunities. This can only be a good thing for acceptance in society more generally and it’s great to be a small part of it.

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