Europe’s oldest LGBT+ choir, the Pink Singers, have released a virtual version of Coldplay’s Fix You to celebrate everything best about our community.
The UK choir was due to perform live at London’s Cadogan Hall last weekend. But when it became clear that wasn’t possible, they created this virtual performance instead.
Pink Singers’ chair Paul Truesdale said: ‘It’s been a fantastic lifeline for our members.
‘It was a very different way to do things but we hope our supporters will agree that the result is amazing. And it’s so great to hear ourselves singing together and creating such an emotional video.’
The video illustrates the song with a message about Pride, community, performance, diversity, solidarity and history.
Musical director Murray Hipkin said:
‘Fix You is a song about coming to terms with loss. It has always been emotional for the choir and audiences alike.
‘The performance starts with a feeling of sadness and isolation which turns to despair: “Tears stream down your face when you lose something you cannot replace,” before taking us on a journey of hope: “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones, and I will try to fix you”.’
‘Our collective voices melting into one again’
During lockdown, the choir have been holding their regular rehearsals via Zoom.
And for many members, singing together again has been hugely emotional.
Indeed, Keri Seymour, who sings alto, said:
‘I had been floundering in isolation and I couldn’t imagine making a virtual recording would achieve anything.
‘But I went ahead and recorded my piece, singing by myself in my flat, tears ruining my first three takes.
‘Then when I heard the finished recording, all the pain, all the missing, all the feeling of a hole in my heart was filled and eased by the sound of our collective voices melting into one again.’
Many choirs have been rehearsing and performing online during the coronavirus crisis.
Back in April, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus released these moving tributes to healthcare workers.