Gay Abandon Open Rehearsal 2022

We are thrilled to share the news about our long anticipated summer event. We are finally having an Open Rehearsal on 5th July 2022. This is an event for families and friends of our choir members.

The Open Rehearsal will take place at The Holbeck, home of the award-winning theatre company Slung Low, on TUESDAY, 5th JULY 2022 from 20:00 to 21:30.

This is not a usual ticketed event, but booking is advisable. For more details and bookings, please check with a member of the choir. The addresss of the venue is: The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn, Leeds, LS11 9QX. For further details about the place, check their website:

Slung Low – The Holbeck – Leeds

Gay Abandon sings at Nostell Priory

We are happy to announce that we have decided to accept the invitation of Nostell Piory National Trust for an open-air concert on 2nd July 2022.

Our performance will take place inside the Courtyard of the Café of Nostell Priory on SATURDAY, 2nd JULY 2022 some time between 12:00 and 15:00.

For updated details and directions, you can also check the Facebook Event page of the Nostell Priory site:

Gay Abandon Choir Live at Nostell

Gay Abandon’s Queer Folk Concert – CANCELLED

We are very sad to announce that we have made the decision to cancel our concert, Queer Folk.

The main reason for this decision is because Leeds College of Music are not holding any external events for the remainder of 2020, due to COVID-19. As a higher education institution and a venue, they need to ensure the safety of their students, and provide the students with safe performance and rehearsal spaces, which will mean students will need greater access to The Venue. We here at Gay Abandon completely understand and respect Leeds College of Music’s decision to do this.

Leeds College of Music did offer us the option of postponing the Queer Folk concert again to a date in 2021, but after much deliberation we felt that actually the right decision for us is to cancel the concert and focus on developing a new set for in the future. There are other reasons influencing our decision such as there being uncertainty around the safety of people singing in groups, which means that it is highly unlikely that the choir will be able to gather and rehearse in the immediate future, and that we would need a full term to get our set up to a standard that we are happy to perform in front of an audience. Furthermore, as an unsubsidised choir, it is financially not viable for us to hold a concert under social distancing conditions.

This has been a difficult decision for us to make, and we would particularly like to thank Catherine, our Concert Organiser, for all of the hard work she has put in to supporting the choir through this difficult period.

It’s not all sad news though! We have been able to continue meeting as a choir over Zoom, and will be doing so until we can gather again in the future. Jane has even started planning what our “Coming Out” concert (pardon the pun) could look like when we are able to perform again, and you should all definitely start getting excited about that…

In the meantime, everyone at Gay Abandon hopes you are well, and we really can’t wait to perform for you again soon.

For those who purchased tickets for the Queer Folk Concert

Leeds College of Music will be processing the refunds for any tickets purchased for our Queer Folk concert. To get your refund, please contact Leeds College of Music at reception@lcm.ac.uk and provide your booking reference number.

They have requested, where possible, for people to hold off on approaching them for refunds until Sept 2020, when their team will be back in the building.