LGBT History Month in Leeds – Over The Top

As part of the LGBTHM15 celebrations in Leeds, we are delighted to be taking part in ‘Over The Top’, a look at how WWI impacted on the LGBT community. Come along and join us at Leeds City Museum, 11am-4pm on the 28th February.


Celebrating the Life of Henry Tickner

It is hard to believe that it is a year since our mustachioed and much loved bass, Henry Tickner, left this world. We shall be joining with his friends and family, to remember ‘Our Henry’, at a memorial concert on the 31st January. Please join us to celebrate the life of Henry Tickner.

Saturday 31st January 2015

at 19:30 at Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

henry memorial

Fun and Frivolity at the Choir Weekend Away 2014

Gay Abandon spent the weekend in Kettlewell rehearsing for our ‘Idols and Icons’ concert. Dance moves were perfected and notes polished. We even got to spend some quality time with each other!  Don’t forget to buy your ticket to the concert on the 15th November so that you see the fruits of our labours.

Buy tickets to Idols and Icons

The choreographer put her hat on to show she meant business.
The choreographer put her hat on to show she meant business (photo by Helen Padwick)
The view from our rehearsal room.
The view from our rehearsal room (photo by GTL)
The concentration of the altos (photo by Helen Padwick)
The concentration of the altos (photo by Helen Padwick)
Some of our members got a bit carried away in the excitement of it all (photo by Helen Padwick)
Some of our members got a bit carried away in the excitement of it all (photo by Helen Padwick)

Wow! Funding received for Youth Writing Project!

Youth Outreach Programme

It is with great pleasure, that Gay Abandon can reveal, that a sizeable chunk of money has been received from Leeds Inspired!

This money from Leeds City Council will allow us to attain one of our long-term goals of reaching out to and embracing young LGBT life in Leeds and its environs.

We are now seeking recruits for our series of four workshops, which will be held with James Nash, a poet from Leeds.

Recruits (aged exclusively from 18 to 25) will take part in four evening sessions from 21st October to 11th November 2014, at 7:30pm.

Attendees will be guided to seek out their idol or icon, and write Spoken Word about said person.

There will then be the opportunity to record the content, or perform it at Gay Abandon’s concert on 15th November 2014.

Each student’s work will be printed, and produced for sale in a small anthology, at Gay Abandon’s concert.  It will also be available for viewing on a dedicated website.

If you’re interested, or know someone who is, the email address is:

Error in LCoM Printed Brochure

It has come to our attention that there has been a mistake concerning our event in the printed brochure from LCoM. Thanks to our long standing fans for pointing this out to us…

Idols and Icons is on SATURDAY 15th NOVEMBER, not Friday 14th, and tickets are £12/£10 concessions, not £12/£11 as stated in the brochure. LCoM have been helpful in trying to rectify this.

Please share this information with anyone who has been concerned that they couldn’t make it to our concert this year because of the change in day. We are still performing on a Saturday and our ticket prices remain the same! It would be great if you could join us!

Gay Abandon needs more basses!

At our first rehearsal this year, there were four basses, and there were 14 altos!

Gay Abandon requires more men with deep voices!!

You might think that you can’t sing bass, but most of our basses are baritones…  All this means is that you sing in the bass clef around the Middle C, rather than in the treble clef (like the tenors).

If you’re interested, contact

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