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What is Pride Classical?

Experience the best Pride anthems of the past 50 years, brought to life by a world-class 32-piece orchestra and sensational headline artists. Pride Classical is a groundbreaking celebration of Pride, uniquely performed and produced by a majority LGBTQ+ cast of artists.

This extraordinary event is produced by Carrot Productions, a multi-award-winning orchestral production company. Carrot Productions collaborates with passionate creatives and educators from the LGBTQ+ community to create this first-of-its-kind musical extravaganza.

Premiered in June 2023, Pride Classical graced the iconic stages of Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and The Tower Ballroom in Blackpool to universal acclaim. Join us in this unparalleled celebration of music, love, and pride. Discover more about this unique event and how it’s redefining the celebration of Pride through music.

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A set list of iconic hits and anthems

Brand new orchestral arrangements of iconic Pride anthems, seamlessly blended into anthemic medleys with irresistible rhythms and evocative lyrics. Prepare to be mesmerized by a show that includes:

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
True Colours by Cyndi Lauper
It's a Sin by Pet Shop Boys
I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles/Gloria Gaynor
Like a Prayer by Madonna
Believe by Cher
Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland
Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
Born This Way by Lady Gaga and Orville Peck
Rise Like a Phoenix by Conchita Wurst
This Hell by Rina Sawayama
And many more...

Get ready to experience these timeless tracks like never before, performed by a world-class 32-piece orchestra and sensational headline artists. This is more than a concert—it's a vibrant celebration of love, resilience, and the power of music to bring us together.

“When you start thinking about tunes you go, ‘oh we need that song, that’s brilliant... but now I have 600 favourite tunes, and I’m not sure we can do all of them in just one evening!’. The only way to narrow them down was to ensure every tune’s in there for a reason. It’s not just that we think it’s great – we wanted to make sure that there’s a really strong message”

-- Ben Hudson (Pride Classical founder)

Access and Inclusion

Our principles are simple. Everybody is welcome, provided they make everybody welcome and make every effort to ensure accessibility and inclusion at our events. 

We strive to keep our language as inclusive as possible, whilst recognising that people with similar identities may prefer to describe themselves in different ways.

We help transform venues and spaces into an inclusive, vibrant and welcoming arena for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to enjoy world-class music and celebrate love ni all its forms.

If we understand that any participant, performer or contributor to Pride Classical, the Pride Anthem project, or My Pride Song has made anyone else feel unwelcome, we’ll address that with them and potentially ask them to step aside from the project. In the case of My Pride Song, we won’t share any submissions which we believe to express negativity towards any other individual/s or group/s.

The Story of Pride Classical

Pride Classical was conceived by members of the LGBTQ+ community in Manchester, with the expertise of Carrot Productions making the concert a reality.
Late one night in New York bar, Manchester, Ben and Sophie – both professional musicians – had the idea for Pride Classical. Soon afterwards, Carrot Productions agreed to make it a reality, and in June 2023, it came to fruition.

 

Drawing on their vast collective experience, Ben and Sophie produced the set list, planned the instrumentation and linking sections, and working closely with composer / arranger Daniel from Carrot Productions to arrange and produce parts for 40+ performers.

 

Ben’s husband Keith, a teacher and board member of Stockport Pride, coordinated the community involvement through the Pride Anthem and My Pride Song projects, and Sophie’s partner Bryony, who works in arts marketing, created our communications.

 

Music therapist and professional flautist, Amina, led the community work, first undertaking extensive training around meeting the mental health needs of LGBTQ+ people. Rachel, Managing Director of Carrot Productions, had the belief, passion, expertise and resources to bring the whole project to life.
 
We made it a priority to include artists and creatives who are members or close allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Well over half of the performers onstage in June identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual, intersex, or otherwise allied with the progressive rainbow flag.

 

Many more have family members, close friends or partners who connect them to the community. And we’re delighted that through our work with LGBTQ+ groups in Greater Manchester, and our open call for people to tell us their Pride songs and why they matter, we’ll be showcasing even more queer voices in our future events, exhibitions and online spaces.

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