Lighting Up Leeds

This October we were fortunate to once again be invited to perform as a part of Light Night Leeds, the UK’s largest annual light and multi-arts festival. Spread over 2 days, this years festival was exploring the theme of Mind Body Spirit, and the whole city was alive with lights and people.

Our own performances were on the Friday evening, with us performing twice in the Victoria Gate shopping centre, and twice in the Victoria Arcade. While we revived some hits from our last Fruity concert (our favourites being Tourdion and Dancing Queen), we also incorporated some new songs we have been working on such as “There’s a Fire in My Heart” so that some of our incredible new members could perform with us.

We absolutely loved performing at the event, and really hope we get invited back next year as well. Thank you Light Night Leeds for being so wonderful!

P.s. If you want to see images of us performing, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages over the next month!

New Term, New Year!

With summer coming slowly to an end that can only mean one thing…a new term and a new year for the choir!

We had such an incredibly busy and exciting summer that it hardly feels like we’ve had a break at all. It started with our fruit themed summer concert (thank you to all of you that came!), which was followed very quickly by us working with filmmakers Jesson Hill on a very secret but very exciting project that we will let you know about soon. This was then topped off by the choir going to sing in Cardiff as a part of Hand in Hand 2019 (a nationwide festival that celebrate LGBTQ+ choirs up and down the country).

However, that’s all behind us now, and September is actually the time of year that Gay Abandon members love best – getting back into rehearsals, meeting old friends, making new ones. We can’t wait to kick the new term, and the new year, off, and we’re excited to see what’s in store!

Gay abandon gets fruity

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

That’s right! Tickets are now on sale for Gay Abandon’s next Summer concert, Get Fruity with Gay Abandon! Here are the juicy details:

Date: Saturday 6th July
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Kala Sangam, Bradford
Cost: £12 Standard, £9 Concession

Be prepared for an evening as varied as a fruit salad, with musical numbers including Dancing Queen, Strawberry Fields Forever, and The Lady in the Tutti Fruity Hat. What’s more, Gay Abandon is being joined by friends The Fingersmiths and Harissa who will be joining in with the fruit-filled fun.

To buy your tickets, all you have to do is e-mail info@gayabandon.org.uk!

What a spectacular weekend!

Photo: Dave Forrest

On Saturday, 29th July 2017, Gay Abandon took part in the “I Feel Love” concert at Hull City Hall, organised by the wonderful folks at BBC Radio 2.

The concert was the culmination of a week of events, celebrating 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, organised by the Capital of Culture organisers (hull2017.co.uk).

The concert was live on the BBC Red Button and BBC Radio 2 on Saturday night. It is now available on iPlayer until 28th August, so check it out! I’m sure you’ll agree that we had a blast!

And click here, to hear Scott Mills chatting to Sara Cox about the event!

Fancy singing with Gay Abandon???

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Gay Abandon is looking for new singers, particularly basses and sopranos. If you can hold and tune, why not get in touch, and try us out?!

We’re a really fun bunch, and we will be starting on new repertoire for our 20th anniversary concert in the new year, so now is the perfect time to join!

If you’re interested, look in the Joining section to find out more.

Just drop us an email to newmembers@gayabandon.org.uk, if you’re interested.

West Yorkshire's lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* choir