In this special charity event, we are thrilled to join conductor Oliver Zeffman to present the first Classical Pride concert given by a major orchestra in Europe.

With 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 world’s finest performers.

About Classical Pride at the Barbican

Full programme

  • Bernstein, Overture to Candide 
  • Poulenc, Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra 
  • Anderson, Echoes  ((World Premiere))
  • Shaw, Is a Rose 
  • Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet