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Classical Pride

with ViiV Healthcare and GAY TIMES

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In this special charity event, conductor Oliver Zeffman and the CBSO present the first Classical Pride concert given by a major orchestra in Europe.

Featuring the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an LGTBQ+ community chorus and top international soloists, this concert – presented by the broadcaster and DJ Nick Grimshaw – will celebrate the profound contribution that the LGBTQ+ community makes to classical music.

Soloists Pavel Kolesnikov, Samson Tsoy, Nicky Spence, Davóne Tines and Ella Taylor join 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 shows that LGBTQ+ people have always been at the heart of music at its highest level, and promises to be a thrilling evening of outstanding classical music by some of the worlds finest performers.

Proceeds from the concert will go to LGBTQ+ charities  Terrence Higgins Trust, Amplifund and Rainbow Railroad (The Barbican takes a 2% card processing fee).


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Classical Pride with ViiV Healthcare and GAY TIMES is also generously supported by Mastercard, Lincoln Benet, R. Martin Chavez, David Kaskel and Chris Teano, Laurence Milstein, Lady Rayne and Lord Donoughue.

Part of PRIDE 2023

A season of events this summer from a diverse range of LGBTQ+ artists celebrating identity, equity and acceptance