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Classical Pride is an annual music festival curated by conductor Oliver Zeffman to showcase the breadth and diversity of LGBTQ+ artists across classical music.

The inaugural 2023 edition of Classical Pride was the first time any major orchestra or concert hall anywhere in Europe had celebrated Pride.

This year, Classical Pride has expanded to a 5-day festival involving major names including the London Symphony Orchestra, Nick Grimshaw, Monét X Change, Thorgy Thor, Pavel Kolesnikov and Pumeza Matshikiza.

The vocalist of the Classical Pride group during a live performance
Classical Pride 2024

Festival Events

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Classical Drag

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Classical Drag blends the high camp, virtuosity and gender-fluid casting of opera with a series of dazzling drag performances. See Snow White Trash, Barbs, Beau Jangles, Freddie Love and Vinegar Strokes compete before a star-studded judging panel that includes Ru Paul’s Drag Race royalty Monét X Change and Thorgy Thor, plus queer operatic tenor megastar Nicky Spence.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024
19:00
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My Beloved Man

Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican

The Fourth Choir, with conductor Nicholas Chalmers and presenter Petroc Trelawny, explore the 39-year relationship between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, featuring a new commission from Isobel Waller-Bridge, with text by a refugee relocated by Rainbow Railroad.

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Friday, July 5, 2024
19:30
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A Proud Future

St Giles Cripplegate, Barbican

A series of performances showcasing the best young LGBTQ+ composers and performers from the London conservatoires.

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Saturday, July 6, 2024
11:30
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Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerilla

Foyer, Barbican

Free public performance in the Barbican Foyer, performed by the Julius Eastman Ensemble directed by Stephen Upshaw.

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Sunday, July 7, 2024
17:30
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LSO with Oliver Zeffman & Nick Grimshaw

Barbican Hall, Barbican

With soloists Pavel Kolesnikov, Pumeza Matshikiza and Russell Thomas, an LGBTQ+ Community Choir and a world premiere by composer Jake Heggie.

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Sunday, July 7, 2024
19:00
Classical Pride is non-profit.

All net proceeds are donated to 3 important LGBTQ+ charities

Sponsors

Headline sponsor
Series Sponsor
R. Martin Chavez
Principal sponsors
Marchus Trust
Sponsors
Lincoln Benet
David Kaskel and Chris Teano
The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust
Supporters
Taweh Beysolow III
Lord Donoughue
Dario Magliochetti and Tom Sleigh
John Parry and Oliver Zeffman
Lady Rayne
Mark Redman
Sir William Russell
Media partners
Hotel Partner
Classical Pride 2023

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Grit, gliter, grief and a fresh perspective

There was a big proposition casually unpackaged at this, the first Classical Pride to be presented by a leading European orchestra...If one can distil Pride spirit, perhaps it was best captured by Spence, clad in a rainbow-fringed kilt and singing Robert Burns's My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose with ripe abandon.

A master stroke of brillance from Classical Pride

It was billed as the first-ever Classical Pride concert anywhere in Europe, which seems a surprising omission...Finally came Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, played with tremendous ardour and shrewd dramatic timing under Zeffman's baton.

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Classical Pride is promoted by

OZERO ARTS, an arts production charity that undertakes ambitious artistic projects - conceiving, producing and raising money for bold ideas across live and recorded music.