A Choir As Big As The Internet (Video)

In 2010, composer Eric Whitacre amazed the world with his Youtube video Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold) which used the internet to bring together 185 voices from 12 countries.

A new piece from Whitacre, Water Night, uses an amazing 3,746 video submissions from 73 countries.

Now a gay and lesbian choir from Sydney, Australia has started its own virtual choir project, OutPostChoir, to celebrate diversity and highlight discrimination and violence against LGBT people.

The project is based on the song “You Make Me Proud,” selected earlier in an international competition.

Composer Howard Alexander, from Brighton, England, said the song was about recognizing and celebrating people in the community who help to give gay people the strength to be themselves and to be the best they could be.

“Sometimes those people have had to deal with huge challenges themselves and have overcome them, and become an inspiration to us in that way,” Alexander said.

“But often it is just the incredible love and support of our extended family and friends which gives us the courage to really overcome our own personal struggles and to follow our own dreams.”

The Choir particularly wants contributions from isolated gay people in regional Australia and those in less tolerant countries around the world.

Here’s the choir performing the song, which they want people to listen to, record their voice on a webcam, cell phone, or camcorder and then send the video through the web to join the virtual choir:

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Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago

Many thanks

Bruce B.
Bruce B.5 years ago

I'm sitting in Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir rehearsals on a mild Thursday evening reading your comments when I should be rehearsing. We had a video of singers from Zagreb today. Le Zbor have joined us.....we would love you too. Thank you so much Paul for writing about this. Bruce xx

Cathryn Wellner
Cathryn Wellner5 years ago

Thanks for this, Paul. It moved me to tears.

John B.
John B5 years ago

Great Idea. Thanks for sharing Paul.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L5 years ago

Wow! Thanks Paul.

debbi g.
debbi g5 years ago

that was awesome! shared on FB & Twitter :-)

Dan(iel) M.
Dan(iel) M5 years ago

Thanks for sharing Paul.
All the BEST to this endeavor.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

What are marvelous way of uniting people!

Bob P.

thanks for sharing this Video good for those involved