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Classical Pride

with ViiV Healthcare and GAY TIMES

Composite image of Oliver Zeffman, Nick Grimshaw, Pumeza Matshikiza, Thorgy Thor and Vinegar Strokes against a purple background

Curated by conductor Oliver Zeffman, Classical Pride returns to the Barbican in an expanded 5-day festival showcasing the breadth and diversity of LGBTQ+ artists across classical music.

The 2023 edition of Classical Pride was the first time any major orchestra or concert hall in Europe had celebrated Pride. Building on last year’s success, Nick Grimshaw returns to host the finale concert with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Oliver Zeffman.

The five-date series opens with Classical Drag live at Outernet, an exciting new concept where stars of the London drag scene including Snow White Trash, Vinegar Strokes and Barbs compete in front of a panel featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Monét X Change and Thorgy Thor, plus queer operatic tenor megastar Nicky Spence

The Fourth Choir presents a world premiere performance of a new commission by Isobel Waller-Bridge; while the most exciting LGBTQ+ talent from the London music colleges is showcased in a series of deeply personal programmes.


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.


The words Classical Pride in black text, with a purple full stop and a multicoloured swirl encasing the left side of the words.
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The words Classic FM, with the F as a red lowercase f in the style of a forte dynamic marking
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On two squares of different shades of blue are the words Supporting Terrence Higgins Trust
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The word AMPLIFUND in black capital letters, against a white background
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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.