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Celebrating Pride

This weekend is Brighton Pride, and 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 and Youth Academy, our operatic development projects which look 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, applications for the next Academy will open later this year.
  • We have been working with Mind Out – an award winning LGBTQ community mental health service based in Brighton – on trans awareness for staff, so that everyone feels welcome at Glyndebourne.
  • We now have gender neutral toilets available for staff and audience members on site.
  • The Rake’s Progress company marked World AIDS Day on social media, in support the Terrence Higgins Trust.
  • To mark LGBT History Month we explored the life of composer Ethel Smyth. You can also read last year’s piece about Oliver Messel here.
  • Look out for talks and events that celebrate our queer history as part of our future programmes.
  • 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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