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Classical Pride 2023


Queerness at the Heart of Classical Music

Featuring the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an LGTBQ+ community chorus and top international soloists, Classical Pride 2023 –Presented by the broadcaster and DJ Nick Grimshaw – celebrated the profound contribution that the LGBTQ+ community makes to classical Music.

Soloists Pavel Kolesnikov, Samson Tsoy, Nicky Spence, Davóne Tines and Ella Taylor joined the CBSO and Oliver Zeffman to explore music by LGBTQ+ composers, from Tchaikovsky to Poulenc and Bernstein, Caroline Shaw and a new commission from Julian Anderson.

Celebrating these musicians not only for their artistic brilliance but also for their queerness, Classical Pride showed that LGBTQ+ people have always been at the heart of music at its highest level.

Leonard Bernstein Overture to Candide

Francis Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

Julian Anderson ECHOES (world premiere)

Caroline Shaw Is a Rose

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Zeffman conductor

Nick Grimshaw presenter

Pavel Kolesnikov piano

Samson Tsoy piano

Ella Taylor soprano

Nicky Spence tenor

Davóne Tines bass-baritone

LGBTQ+ Community Choir


Headline sponsor
Media partner
Principal sponsor
Lincoln Benet
Major sponsor
R. Martin Chavez
Lord Donoughue
David Kaskel and Chris Teano
Laurence Milstein
Lady Rayne

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