It was at my first official rehearsal back in February with the Pink Singers that I found out about the Lisbon trip and without any hesitation I’d secured my accommodation and flights…I was not going to miss out on this!! By the time it came to June, I could not contain my excitement. The weather in England was pretty dire so a weekend of sun, sea, sangria and singing was exactly what we needed!
Thanks to Tanya, our Choir Liaison, we had a comprehensive pack detailing the itinerary so we were ready to rumble. Thursday night we hit the town seeking out the local gay bar and surprise, surprise, we found some other Pinkies. Friday’s TV performance was cancelled so it was the perfect opportunity to head to the beach. Later that evening most of the choir attended a traditional Portuguese Fado show and meal kindly organised by our Social Secretary Gary.
Saturday was the headline day. We marched in the Pride parade, holding our banner high; singing, dancing and laughing all the way down into the city in the glorious sunshine. Another group meal and a quick change and we headed to the concert venue for a (very) late evening performance. After some vocal warm-ups in the cobbled streets we were ready to perform with the local LGBT choir. It was my first ever performance and I was so excited but despite my nerves I remembered my words and moves, woohoo! The show was a roaring success.
I came away from the trip with some great new friendships, a golden tan and a blooming great smile on my face. Here’s to the next one….