Loud & Proud were – well, proud to take part in the Vigil for Orlando in St Andrew Square in Edinburgh during the evening of 15 June 2016. We were all there to give solidarity and support to the survivors, their friends and families of the Pulse shootings on 12 June. We appeared along with Edinburgh Gay Men’s Choir and heard speakers as diverse as the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the Leader of the Scottish Conservatives and MSP for Central Edinburgh, Ruth Davidson and Louise Thomas, owner of the Street bar and speakers from Stonewall Scotland, Equality Network and Unite Against Fascism Edinburgh.
In February 2016, Loud & Proud were invited to the launch of Peebles High School LGBTI Youth Group. We enthusiastically responded by singing songs of freedom and friendship. Two members read letters to themselves at teenagers, to add to the occasion. We were delighted to be asked and more than happy to make a return visit.
Loud & Proud took part in Edinburgh Light Nights in George Street on Sunday 22 November along with lots of other performers to mark the beginning of the Edinburgh’s winter festivities programme. Several members of the choir were interviewed for TV afterwards which was broadcast live to the revellers.
After our successful opening gig at the The Edinburgh International Book Festival Event in August we were invited again to part in an event at Waterstones in George Street on Tuesday 24 November. We sang for a small but very enthusiastic crowd on the stairs at in the bookshop and were plied with Espresso Martinis afterwards. A memorable evening.
LBGT Health and Wellbeing invited us to take part in their annual Winter Concert and Sunday 6 December at Walpole Hall, Chester Street. The afternoon included a varied range of music, including a turn by Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus. Warming fun on a cold winter’s day.
Loud & Proud were asked to sing at the opening of the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Saturday 15 August. Despite the early hour for singing voices, it was an honour and a pleasure for the choir to take part in this prestigious international event. Have a look at the photo record of the event.
Loud & Proud has been nominated for a Cultural Award in annual Equality Network awards. Thank you for voting for us. It goes without saying you’re the best supporters we’ve ever had! The results will be announced at the first Scottish LGBTI Awards which will take place at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, on Thursday 10 September 2015. We’ll let you know the results here.
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