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Artistic Director, David Baxter

This is David’s 8th year with the Pink Singer and is delighted to be returning as Artistic Director in 2019. As Artistic Director, David has previously directed two Pink Singers concerts, ‘By Special Arrangement’ and ‘One Night Only. David studied Drama at Aberystwyth University where he starred in numerous productions including; Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, 4.48 Psychosis and The Woman in Black.

He continued his studies with a Masters Degree at the Birmingham School of Acting (BSA). During his time at BSA he played Troilus in Troilus and Cressida and was shortlisted for the Sam Wanamaker Festival and also performed in an MA showcase at St Martin’s Theatre.

Performing highlights include Les Miserables, The Boyfriend and The Winter’s Tale. David also took part in the Pendley Manor Festival performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth over a three week period. During his time both at University and Drama School, David really enjoyed the singing/voice modules as part of his course lead by Joan Mills and Louise Shephard which led him to auditioning for the Pink Singers back in 2011.

Sleighing It!

It’s been a week since we brought some Pinkie magic to the stage in our winter concert ‘Sleighing It!’. New Pink Singer Duong tells us about the concert and what the Pinkies means to him this Christmas.

We started to rehearse from September. Yes, you are right, wearing T-shirts while singing carols was not a common feeling. More than 80 pinkies have worked very hard to make ‘Sleighing It!’ happen. I was amazed at the dress rehearsal when we said thank you to more than 20 pinkies who worked behind the scenes: artistic, marketing, producing, music arranging etc. What a team!

The new Pinkies from this season popping their concert cherries!

The closer the concert got, the more I realised how fortunate I was to be in such a beautiful community. We sing and perform together, we also share lots of beautiful moments together. I remember how sparkly Charly’s eyes were when she told me about her beautiful love journey with Ali through the Pink Singers, the touching story of Michael’s memories of when he was a little boy, a warm hug from Nicki whenever I had a bad day.

The Sleighing It! concert was A-MA-ZING. Despite the bad weather outside, Cadogan Hall was filled full of festive joy and love. My life has changed so much lately, and thanks to the Pink Singers I have fallen in love with Christmas again. I now have friendships so I don’t have to walk alone here in the UK. I wish I could list all the names of all Pinkies here to show how much I love them! 

Pink Singers perform their Christmas show “Sleighing It” at Cadogan Hall, London, 15th December 2018

Next year, I will be moving to London from Sheffield. When the choir found out that I will be taking over Sam’s room in Hester’s house (the resident Pinkie landlady!), they said “you don’t expect the Pink Singers will take over your life, do you?” I smiled and replied “I’d be happy for it to”.

Pink Singers perform their Christmas show “Sleighing It” at Cadogan Hall, London, 15th December 2018

Lots of love to everyone and Merry Christmas to you all.

Duong

Timeline datestamp: 15 December 2018

Divas Through The Decades

Saturday 15 June 2019 – 7:30pm
Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, London, SW1X 9DG

This summer, join Europe’s longest running LGBT+ choir as we celebrate what it means to be a diva. Featuring fantastic arrangements, gorgeous harmonies and of course a sprinkle of glitter, it promises to be an evening not to be missed!

More info coming soon…

Become a Trustee

Would you like to be a Pink Singers Trustee?

Now in our 36th year, the Pink Singers is a fun, friendly LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) choir based in London. We’ve changed a lot over recent years and we need to change the way we are run to ensure we continue to be fit for the future.

Pink Singers perform the Winter 2018 concert “A Night At The Movies: The Sequel” at Cadogan Hall, London, 20th January 2018

We have grown to 90 active members, we have been involved in some amazing projects with the LGBT+ community around the world and we continue to delight our audiences by improving the quality of our performances and broadening our repertoire.

Following an extensive review our members have voted to make some fundamental changes to how we run the choir and we are now seeking to make a number of external appointments onto our Board of Trustees.

We recently drafted a new constitution and are in the process of changing our structure from an Unincorporated Association to a Charity Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and are hoping to have approval from the Charities Commission by January 2019.

In the proposed new structure existing choir members will continue to manage day to day activities, whilst a group of up to 7 Trustees will oversee our strategy and governance.

The Pink Singers Afterparty at Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, 20th January 2018

The new Board of Trustees will include at least one member of the current choir and we hope that the other positions will be filled by people outside the current choir membership. We are looking for Trustees with one or more of the following, and hope that across the Board of Trustees we will have all areas covered.

  • Business skills from finance to marketing, fundraising and change management
  • Connections to the LGBT+ community
  • Board / committee experience
  • An interest in choirs and music
  • A mix of genders, sexualities and diverse backgrounds that reflect our current membership
  • We actively encourage members from the trans and BAME communities

Time commitment

As these roles are new we are not sure exactly how much of a time commitment will be required. In the first year whilst the Board works with our current organisational team develop and sustainable long term structure, we are assuming there will be a strategy away day and 6 x 2 hour meetings over the year plus some prep work and involvement with the occasional project.

We estimate the initial commitment to be around 5-10 hours per month, with this likely to reduce over time. Meetings will be as and when convenient for the majority of trustees however some meetings are likely to be on a Sunday in London to coincide with our choir rehearsals.

Roles, profiles and other info

Please click on the links below to access the role profile(s) you are interested in.

You can also find out more about why we are recruiting an external board of Trustees.

Application process and timescales

  1. Review the additional documents above
  2. Complete this application form
  3. Send a copy of your CV to trustee.recruitment@pinksingers.co.uk

The deadline for applications is 27th January 2019.

We are anticipating that interviews will take place early / mid January 2019 in London. We hope to have appointed our full Board of Trustees by end January 2019 and to have our first Trustee meeting in March 2019.

If you have any questions or would like any further information, please email trustee.recruitment@pinksingers.co.uk or call Nicki Wakefield on 07941 453896.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Part 2

Rachel and Steve look back on some of their favourite Christmas memories and let us know what songs are spinning in their house over the festive period!

Rachel – Soprano

I rejoined the Pink Singers after parental leave this season because Christmas is my favourite time and I love Pinkie sparkle and joy. I am ridiculously happy to have been rehearsing Christmas music since September. I seriously love Christmas and like making the second half of the year about enjoying preparation. I have a Christmas cupboard that operates all year round, I buy Christmas presents by August at the very latest, and start Christmas cake production every September. We have many as we give them as gifts to family – plus we always eat at least one ourselves by November. Advent is an important lead up, and as a family we open the advent calendar, with an advent (not Christmas) carol playing and sparkly lights.

I proposed to my wife by hiding a ring in our advent calendar – and made sure to keep the chocolate in the ring box too so she was not deprived! Last Christmas was spent in the maternity ward and we had abysmal food, but two days later our wonderful little girl was born, tiny and miraculous. This year we will have our first Christmas as a family and the food will no doubt be better too.

Rachel’s top 3 Christmas songs:

Steve – Bass

I will never forget our family Christmas lunch when mum had brought crackers containing tuned hand bells, with special ‘simple-to-read’ musical scores. We were in tears of laughter as we took it turns to ring-out favourite carols, but not necessarily in the right order! 

Steve’s top 3 Christmas songs:

Don’t forget to grab your tickets here for ‘Sleighing It!’ on Saturday 15 December at Cadogan Hall.