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Classical Pride: LSO with Oliver Zeffman & Nick Grimshaw

with ViiV Healthcare & GAY TIMES

Oliver Zeffman conducting

The culmination of 2024’s Classical Pride, the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Oliver Zeffman celebrate LGBTQ+ classical music in this diverse programme presented by Nick Grimshaw.

Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man precedes a world premiere by US composer Jake Heggie and librettist Taylor Mac featuring soprano Pumeza Matshikiza. Pavel Kolesnikov performs Saint-Saëns’ virtuosic and charming Piano Concerto No 2 and an encore of Tchaikovsky’s Valse Sentimentale. This foreshadows Cassandra Miller’s Round, which takes Tchaikovksy’s theme as a starting point.

Szymanowski’s Symphony No 3, Song of the Night, with tenor soloist Russell Thomas and our LGBTQ+ Community Choir concludes the programme, a nocturnal vision of profound peace within the universe mingled with passion.

Classical Pride is non-profit, and net proceeds are donated to three important LGBTQ+ charities, Rainbow RailroadTerrence Higgins Trust and GAY TIMES' Amplifund.

Classical Pride is promoted by Ozero Arts, an arts production charity (registered charity no. 1155338) that undertakes ambitious artistic projects - conceiving, producing and raising money for bold ideas across live and recorded music.



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Subject to availability.

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Classical Pride with VIIV Healthcare and GAY TIMES is also generously supported by R. Martin Chavez, Lincoln Benet, David Kaskel & Chris Teano and Lord Donoughue.


Celebrate Pride with us

Don’t miss the much anticipated return of Classical Pride, our Queer 80s film season, and Soufiane Ababri's exhibition in The Curve.