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!

What a Spectacular Weekend!

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!

WOWZERS!

On Saturday, 21st November 2015, Gay Abandon hosted a benefit, to raise funds for charities, working with refugees and asylum seekers.

We raised £2,000!

YES!  THAT’S TWO THOUSAND POUNDS!

Our chosen charities are WYLDN and No Going Back.

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.

WOW! Funding Received for New Youth Writing Project

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:  gayabandonproject1@gmail.com