Join Us

Thank you for showing an interest in joining Gay Abandon! We’re sure you’re going to enjoy singing with us.

Saturday Night at the Movies. Leeds College of Music, 22nd June 2013
Photographer: Karen Hope

We know that taking the first step and joining something new can be quite scary, so to help people feel more confident about coming and singing with us we have put together an information pack. The pack contains everything you need to know as a new member, from where we sing, to what we sing, to even what we do outside of rehearsals.

You can download this pack here.

But for those of you who prefer some information up front, our FAQ’s are below:

Warm up before Hands of Friendship Concert, Leeds College of Music, 21st July 2018
Photographer: Dawn Kilner

Who can join Gay Abandon?

As an LGBT+ choir, we welcome all people who are part of the LGBT+ community. We also pride ourselves on the choir being as accessible as it can be to anyone from any walk of life, regardless of disability, income, faith, age, or race. If you think you might have issues taking part in the choir, for whatever reason, please e-mail Chris whose contact details are below, and he’ll work with you to make sure you can join.


Do I have to audition?

No, you don’t have to audition to be a part of the choir. You don’t even need to have had any singing experience.


When and where do you meet?

Tuesday nights during school term times from 19:40-21:40 at Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD


Backstage at Gay Abandon Gets Fruity, Kala Sangam, 6th July 2019
Photographer: Viperia Images

How much does it cost?

Members of the choir pay a monthly membership fee, and what they pay depends on their circumstances:

£22 per month–Standard Membership Fee

£11 per month–Low Income Membership Fee

£5 per month–Student/Very Low Income Membership Fee

We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, and we don’t want cost to be a barrier to anyone wanting to join. Before you become a paying member of the choir, someone (usually Chris) will talk with you about which package works best for you. No-one else will know what you pay, and you will receive the same benefits as every other member or choir regardless of what it is that you pay.

Lastly, it is possible to change what you pay (people’s circumstances change and we understand that), as long as you let someone know before you do.


Do I have to pay when I’m trying it out?

No. You can attend up to 3 sessions before you are expected to commit to paying membership fees. However, while you are trying out, you won’t get access to the things that paying members get, such as access to the Member’s Area on this website.


Hands of Friendship, Gay Abandon’s 20th Anniversary Concert, Leeds College of Music, 21st July 2018
Photographer: Dawn Kilner

Can I just turn up?

Unfortunately, no. Gay Abandon accepts new members in Sept and Jan, and this is so the choir as a whole can be ready for any performances that we have in place. The choir may also be full, and we may need to add you to a waiting list.


How do I let you know I’d like to join?

You just e-mail our friendly and very efficient Membership Secretary, Chris, on newmembers@gay-abandon.co.uk.