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Celebrating Pride

During Pride Month we want to take the 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.

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’ve been 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 Learning and Engagement 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 in 2020 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. With the Festival’s return for 2021, the auction winner will finally be able to make a visit to Glyndebourne!
  • The cast of The Magic Flute marked World AIDS Day on social media, and our staff raised £390 to support the Terrence Higgins Trust. You can find more information about their work on the Terrence Higgins Trust website.
  • To mark LGBT History Month we explored the work of stage designer Oliver Messel.
  • Look out for talks and events that celebrate our queer history as part of our future programmes.
  • While we were very sad to see that Brighton Pride has been cancelled for a second year, our Diversity and Inclusion committee has been busy planning how we make Pride an important part of Glyndebourne’s annual activities.

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