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Celebrating Pride

This weekend would have been Brighton Pride 2020, and we want to take this opportunity to proudly recognise and celebrate the contribution our LGBTQ+ staff, artists, members, supporters and audiences make to Glyndebourne.

Since its very beginnings, Glyndebourne has benefited from the support and creativity of LGBTQ+ people, as artists, staff and audience members.

We’re committed to celebrating this history and ensuring that inclusivity is at the heart of Glyndebourne’s present and future.

This year we had planned to be part of Brighton Pride for the first time. Even though COVID-19 has made this impossible, we wanted to take this opportunity to voice our support for the LGBTQ+ community.

We proudly recognise and celebrate the contribution our LGBTQ+ staff, artists, members, supporters and audiences make to Glyndebourne.

Here are just some of the initiatives that we’re working on:

  • We want to create a stage that is as diverse as possible, and one of the ways that we do this is through our education programmes – particularly Glyndebourne Academy, an operatic development project which looks for outstanding young singers who are not currently able to consider a standard path towards music college or a career as a professional singer. One of the singers this initiative has supported is Holden Madagame, a tenor who is transgender. You can read his story here. You can find out more about Glyndebourne Academy here.
  • The LGBTQ+ community is disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, and earlier this year we were proud to be part of the Terrence Higgins Trust’s annual auction, which raises money to make a difference to the lives of people living with HIV. You can find more information about their work on the Terrence Higgins Trust website.
  • Look out for talks and events that celebrate our queer history as part of our future programmes.
  • We plan to be part of next year’s Brighton Pride, and we’ve started a committee to discuss how we make Pride an important part of Glyndebourne’s annual activities. We look forward to seeing you there in 2021! The 2020 Brighton Pride celebrations have gone online – you can enjoy the We Are Fabuloso digital festival on YouTube this weekend.

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