Cardiff LGBT choirs receive £10k from the National Lottery to help bring Hand in Hand Festival time

TheSouth Wales Gay Men’s Chorus, The Songbirds Choir and The Cardiff Trans Singers have been awarded a lottery grant to support their plans to bring the Hand in Hand Festival to Cardiff from 16th-18th August.

Hand In Hand is the biennial UK and Ireland LGBT+ Choral Festival. After a successful event in London in 2013, the festival went to Brighton in 2015 and to Manchester in 2017. The three Cardiff LGBT+ choirs are delighted to be given the opportunity to host the 2019 event. The Cardiff festival promises to be the largest yet with over 30 choirs and almost 1000 delegates attending from all over the British Isles.

Anyone who has ever sung in a choir will know of the physical and mental health benefits it can bring. Despite the progress that has been made over the years, recent events that have been in the news have highlighted how many LGBT+ people still have cause to feel marginalized and fearful. This festival is a unique way of building confidence and a sense of pride and inclusion within the wider community. What better place to do that than The Land of Song!

The choirs will all be singing in concerts in St David's Hall and the Cornerstone in Charles St on Saturday 17thAugustand this will be followed by an evening gala concert in St Davids Hall. Tickets for concerts are available from the St Davids Hall Box Office.

On Sunday 18thAugust choirs will also be singing at public venues in Cardiff Bay, including the Norwegian Church and WMC Glanfa Stage. The festival will conclude with a hand-over celebration at the Senedd, where the baton will be passed to Newcastle, who will be hosting the festival in 2021.

Festival Director Nick McNeill said:

“Planning for the festival means a lot of hard work for us, but it is a privilege to host such a high profile event here in Cardiff. We are keen to involve the wider community as much as possible and we have plenty of opportunities for people to get involved. We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help us ensure things run smoothly. If you would like to help us, please do get in touch!”

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