Happy History Month 2018!

LGBT History Month 2018 is here!   Schools OUT UK is the official founder of the initiative so this year’s official theme is Geography – Mapping Our World. This will be our 14th year! As ever, hundred, if not thousands, of events will be taking place up and down the country. To find out what’s happening near you, take a …

Retrospect Opera Seeks Funding for Recording More of Dame Ethel Smyth’s Works

Retrospect Opera is a UK charity with a particular interest in the work of Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Britain’s most important female composer as well as a suffragette, notable author, feminist and of course lesbian. They have already recorded Ethel’s hilarious First World War comedy, The Boatswain’s Mate (1916). They are now raising funds to record her next opera, the …

Tom Robinson Celebrates LGBT HM 2016 on Radio 6

‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side….’ Have a listen to Radio 6’s The Tom Robinson Show from last Saturday. A three-hour musical queer-fest to celebrate LGBT History Month 2016! Listen here until March 20th: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07183l6 or download the MP3 of the show here (164Mb) (click the link to listen or right click to download) You can see Tom this …


NEW LGBT CHOIR TO CELEBRATE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAWS – The Fourth Choir (London’s newest LGBT choir) will celebrate the coming into force of the Westminster Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act with a concert to be held at Old Finsbury Town Hall on Friday 28 February.

LGBT History Month 2014: Your definitive guide to celebrating diversity in Manchester through music

LGBT History Month 2014: Your definitive guide to celebrating diversity in Manchester through music – Manchester has long been the spiritual home of Britain’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. Over the coming month people from far and wide will descend on the city for LGBT History Month, an annual celebration of the LGBT community that takes place in February

History Month 2014: Music – Want to be involved in 2014 ?

The video of the November launch of LGBT History Month 2014 is now available here!

We hope seeing the student workshops, guest speakers and musical performances inspires YOU to stage an event yourself, or to help your local, school, museum, gallery or where you work celebrate the unifying power of diversity through music.

Every year HM is represented by a famous ‘face’, to inspire you to create….this year we have 4! Find information on “Faces of ’14” here – Ethel Smyth, Benjamin Britten, Bessie Smith and Anglea Morley.

Want to get involved during 2014? Look inside…

Reclaiming the dancehall from the homophobes

Reclaiming dancehall from the homophobes – A new generation of gay Londoners are getting down to hardcore Jamaican sounds. Dancehall’s old guard are losing ground to newer artists with no time for such prejudices, and a fresh generation of gay DJs and clubbers have started looking beyond the outdated narrative that dancehall = homophobic.

Why I won’t attend Gergiev’s concerts – David Nice

“Why I won’t attend Gergiev’s concerts” – David Nice. When a conductor unequivocally endorses a murderous state policy, it’s time to draw the line. Last Thursday I was giving a talk before a concert in Birmingham, decently but not inspiringly conducted by the much-liked Vasily Sinaisky. Had I been in London I could have taken my pick between two greater interpreters, Valery Gergiev launching his Berlioz series with the London Symphony Orchestra and veteran Yury Temirkanov returning to one of his standard programmes with the Philharmonia. Both appeared on the list of 549 “trustees” supporting Vladimir Putin’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Music Resource – Marlene Dietrich

The Death of Marlene Dietrich – Duration: 10 minutesFirst broadcast: Thursday 16 May 2013It is 21 years since the funeral of screen star Marlene Dietrich, who died in Paris at the age of 90. Her grandson Peter Riva remembers the woman behind the legend.