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2021-04-05: New Video - One Fine Day

We've been hard at work over the last month or two, putting together our latest lockdown video - One Fine Day, which is now available on our YouTube channel right now!

2021-01-01: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from everyone at Solent Gay Men's Chorus!

2020 was quite the year, wasn't it? It's difficult to believe that it's been nearly ten months since we last rehearsed together in person and more than twelve months since we last performed together - and even harder to think that it's still going to be some time yet.

Oddly though, 2020 was the year where probably more people saw us sing than ever before as like many choirs and choruses, we adapted and went online. We'd always planned to launch the YouTube channel, but never did we imagine it would be for the reason that we had to! Our YouTube channel has had over seven thousand views in the less than six months that it's been live, and our content has been seen by more than two thousand unique individuals, which is more than we could possibly have imagined. We're super proud with the music and videos we've been able to put out in the last year, and we hope you've enjoyed watching them as much as we've enjoyed making them!

We've missed a lot of things this year though. Last year, we said we were looking forward to performing for you in 2020 - little did we know what was in store! We were scheduled to perform at five or six Pride events in 2020. Whilst we were still able to perform at many of them digitally, we're definitely looking forward to being able to get back to singing live and celebrating Pride together with everyone again when possible. Our Summer concert, tentatively titled A Night At The Movies also had to be cancelled, but we hope we can bring that or a similar concert together again as soon as it's safe to do so. We also weren't able to raise as much money for World AIDS Day as we couldn't perform our Christmas concert either. The events of the year also lead to Hand in Hand Festival 2021 being postponed until 2022 as well.

Who knows what 2021 has in store for us? We'll undoubtedly put out some more videos on YouTube... and if we're really lucky maybe we'll get to rehearse together in person again!

2020-12-28: New YouTube Video - Coming Out On Christmas Day

Merry Christmas! For our last recording of the year, we've been deciding how we should go about Coming Out On Christmas Day! The video is live on our YouTube channel right now! Merry Christmas from all of us at Solent Gay Men's Chorus, and thank you for your support on our videos over the last ten months! Here's hoping that we can perform again in 2021!

2020-12-06: New YouTube Video - Silent Night

For our penultimate recording of the year, we've done traditional Christmas classic, Silent Night. We recorded this for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice for their Lights of Love event on November 28th 2020. The hospice is a local charity dedicated to providing free, high-quality, compassionate care and support for people with all terminal illnesses, their families, and their carers in the London boroughs of Royal Greenwich and Bexley.

They receive only a third of their funding from the NHS, and rely on support from the community to provide care. Donations can be made via their website. The video is now available on our YouTube channel.

2020-10-31: New Lockdown Video - Time Warp at the Frankenstein Place

We've been busily working on a new lockdown video for Halloween, which is now available on our YouTube channel right now! This one is our medley of Rocky Horror Picture Show songs - Time Warp at the Frankenstein Place!

2020-08-17: New Lockdown Video - Mr. Blue Sky!

We've spent the last month or so working on a new lockdown video, which is now available on our YouTube channel right now! This one is ELO's Mr. Blue Sky! Give it a watch and let us know what you think - don't forget to like and subscribe!

2020-06-16: YouTube Channel Launched

We've finally released our first YouTube video that is also our first COVID-19 lockdown project, which is Labi Siffre's (Something Inside) So Strong! We've been working on this for about two months now, and we hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it! It's live over on YouTube channel right now!

2020-03-01: New Website!

We've given our website an overhaul! This one should be faster, and contain more details than our previous site. It's all pretty new, so let us know if you find any mistakes or missing information!

2020-01-01: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at Solent Gay Men's Chorus!

Well, what a busy year 2019 was! We kicked off our year off with Hampshire Pride all the way back in February, singing outside The Great Hall in Winchester. This coincided with starting the rehearsals for our Summer Concert and all of the other Pride events happening across the year.

Our Summer Gig - Thank You For The Music - kicked off our extra-busy Summer early in July, celebrating music from ABBA, Queen, Heather Small and many others. Later in July was Isle of Wight Pride, which whilst suffering from some difficulties this year was still a really fun, positive event that we were very happy to support.

August saw us head to Cardiff for the Hand in Hand Festival, which was certainly one of the highlights of the year. So many wonderful LGBT choirs descending on one city for a busy weekend of workshops, performances, and much socialising. The atmosphere was so uplifting and so supportive - even when simply bumping into other choirs in the street and exchanging positive comments, and we're already looking forward to Hand in Hand Festival in Newcastle in 2021. That was followed only five days later with a busy Southampton Pride, performing both outside of Southampton Central station to a great, supportive crowd, and also on the acoustic stage.

September brought us Eastleigh Pride which was as a great a day as it has been over the past few years. We're really happy and proud to support some of these newer Pride events, and look forward to the possibility of some new ones in the new decade!

With Summer over, we started work on our Christmas sets, with performances in December for World AIDS Day at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, followed by performing for St. Cuthbert's Church for their Christmas Tree Festival, both in aid of some causes that are very important to the choir.

That's not even close to everything we've done this year, and we're looking forward to some very special events coming in 2020. Thank you so much to everybody who has some come to see us or supported us in any way in 2019 - and throughout all of the decade of SGMC's inception, and we look forward to performing for you all again in 2020 and beyond!