News: Classical Pride 2024 Presents The World’s First Classical Drag

May 20, 2024
News: Classical Pride 2024 Presents The World’s First Classical Drag

Classical Drag is set to take over London Soho’s Outernet on the 3rd July 2024 as part of London’s Pride celebrations.

In a never-before-seen performance, the world of Drag and classical music collide for one night only.  This first of its kind show will fuse classical music and Drag, with Drag Queens and Kings singing opera and performing concerto solos on the catwalk.

The evening will be accompanied by a live orchestra made up of exceptional LGBTQ+ talent conducted by the acclaimed Oliver Zeffman, Founder and Artistic Director of Classical Pride.

International Drag superstars Monét X Change (RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner season 4) and Thorgy Thor (RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4 / All Stars season 3) will headline proceedings with special performances including Thorgy performing a violin solo and Monét joining the evening’s judging panel.

Some of the UK’s hottest drag and classical talent will take to the stage and the runway, tearing up the rulebook with jaw-dropping performances. Expect show-stopping turns from Vinegar Strokes, Beau Jangles, Barbs, Freddie Love, Snow White Trash and London legend Jonny Woo plus Opera’s Nicky Spence.

Following its success in 2023, Classical Pride is now a five-day festival of major events in 2024 taking place from the 3rd – 7th July. The season includes a choral concert featuring the world premiere of a new work by Isobel Waller-Bridge, a showcase of the top LGBTQ+ musicians from the London music colleges, a performance of Julian Eastman’s Gay Guerilla. The finale on 7 July at the Barbican will feature the London Symphony Orchestra with Oliver Zeffman, hosted by Nick Grimshaw with a lineup of star soloists presenting a diverse programme of LGBTQ+ composers including a world premiere of brand new work by Jake Heggie with a text by Taylor Mac.