Brisbane Pride Choir Group Shot

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

The choir performed “Mianjin Millen”, which translates to “Many Brisbane”, composed by Melbourne muso Ben Leske (pictured below), who’s worked with both the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and the shOUT Youth Chorus.

He incorporated both local LGBTI history and Aboriginal phrases into the work, to fit the concert’s theme of ‘Belonging’.

Brisbane Pride Choir - Composer Ben Leske

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

“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.

Brisbane Pride Choir - Group shot

“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 (pictured below, left) opened the concert with a traditional ‘Welcome To Country’ ceremony involving the entire audience.

Brisbane Pride Choir Concert - Uncle Des and Ben Leske

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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