BRISBANE PRIDE CHOIR debuts ‘Mianjin Millen’


Brisbane Pride Choir Group Shot Mianjin Millen

The Brisbane Pride Choir debuted a brand new composition at a concert at the State Library last Saturday night. The choir performed Mianjin Millen as Australia recognises National Reconciliation Week.

Mianjin Millen translates to Many Brisbane. Melbourne muso Ben Leske composed the piece. He previously worked with both the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and the shOUT Youth Chorus.

Mianjin Millen and Belonging

Mianjin Millen incorporates both local LGBTI history and Aboriginal phrases into the work, to fit the concert’s theme of Belonging.

“The queer choruses are all about belonging and providing that safe, social space, for people to be themselves, a place where you’re assumed queer, not assumed straight.

“I looked into Brisbane’s unique queer history and made reference to it too. Dornoch Bridge and the Story Bridge Hotel are both places important in the fight for equality.

“I also wanted to give a sense of the Brisbane River as it winds its way through this beautiful city. The work honours the local Jagera people and Turrbal people and I appreciated the support from Yuggera elder Uncle Des Sandy to use Yuggera words within the work.”

Local Aboriginal elder Uncle Des Sandy opened the concert with a traditional ‘Welcome To Country’ ceremony involving the entire audience.

The Brisbane Pride Choir was established in 1998 and is open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, queer and straight allies who love to sing. The group rehearses each Tuesday evening at the New Farm Library. For more info visit brisbanepridechoir.org.au

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