Here are some of the performances we’ve taken part in.
We celebrated our 20th anniversary, and looked gorge in yellow…
November, Nowt So Queer As Folk
We had a blast!
June, Seasons of Love, Leeds
This was our big summer concert. We certainly shared the love with our wonderful audience!
November, Idols and Icons, Leeds.
This was our big concert at Leeds College of Music. We started off with our Idols and Icons set, before moving onto a reprise of our Movies set. We even had a snazzy new look, as you can see!
June, Various Voices, Dublin.
The choir had a lovely weekend in Ireland. On the Saturday, we sang for the locals in the city centre; and we sang to a standing ovation on Monday afternoon at Mahony Hall.
You might even find some videos from the weekend on our YouTube channel (we are very cutting edge at Gay Abandon!).
July, Saturday Night at the Movies, Leeds
This was our big summer concert, which took place at Leeds College of Music. Our friends sang&klang:los! joined us from Dortmund, and we even sang Falling in Love in German, which was a bit of a challenge!
July, Paris Pride
We were invited by our friends, Podium Paris, to visit gay Paris for Pride. We were on the first float of the parade, and really enjoyed the atmosphere. On the Sunday, we had a joint concert in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
February, Choirs Rock, Leeds
We took part in a charity singing contest and won! We also rubbed shoulders with Leeds legend Ricky Wilson, front man of the Kaiserchiefs!
July, Pride Not Prejudice, Leeds
Here’s a lovely write up by Sara Cox from August 2011’s edition of Shout! magazine.
‘I am what I am’ was the rip-roaring anthem that boomed out from the stage of Leeds College of Music on the evening of Saturday July 2nd, as each individual member of Gay Abandon came together to show that Pride, not Prejudice should be the number one message of the day.
The audience was treated to a diverse mixture of music from the more traditional ‘Go Down Moses’ to Chumbawumba, Amy Winehouse and Bronski Beat. From the thundering choruses of the main choir to quieter, emotional, solos and even a ‘boy band’, conductor Jane Edwardson and accompanist Andy Fellows presented the message through music that each and every person in the world should be proud of who they are.
A moving slide display showed those who had fought throughout history for just this message to be adopted, and a tongue-in-cheek reworking of letters from Mr Darcy and Miss Bennett added a humorous interlude.
Even the interval became part of the celebration, with graffiti boards provided to record audience thoughts and colourful homemade fairy cakes to tempt taste buds.
The whole evening was a triumph with more than enough to satisfy every sense. Be sure to put their next date in your diary!
January, Rosie’s Revue, Leeds
Rosie’s Revue was a night of cabaret, celebrating the life of much loved and missed Rosie Snowden, who passed away in January 2009. £1000 was raised for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.
August, Leeds Pride
June, Big Hair Do, Leeds
Our big summer concert, which was loosely based on singers with big hair! We paid homage to the likes of Amy Winehouse, by wearing tinsel headdresses!
May, Various Voices, London
September, Leeds Met University Staff Festival
We received a warm welcome at the Leeds Metropolitan University ‘Staff Development Day’ where we sang a very enjoyable gay set to a fun audience who were clearly invited to represent diversity in Leeds. We think ‘Culture and Diversity’ were the theme of the day and certainly the other acts also fitted that theme, but where were all the white middle-class non-disabled straight staff and their families to experience this rich event?
August, BBC Last Choir Standing, Hull
On a very wet day, we performed as part of the BBC’s Last Choir Standing workshop in Hull. Despite the downpours, there was a fair sized audience.
August, Leeds Pride 2008
We were proud to open proceedings for the third Leeds Pride with a set of three songs on the stage in Millennium Square. We’re not entirely sure anybody heard us – since we never got to sound check – but we thought we sounded pretty good!
July, I ♥ Gay Abandon, Leeds
For our tenth anniversary concert, we launched our most ambitious programme to date, with 21 songs taken from the last decade to celebrate our birthday.