The London Gay Symphony Orchestra was founded in May 1996 by a group of friends led by Robin Gordon-Powell, who was the Orchestra’s first conductor. The Orchestra rapidly grew in size and in October 1996 gave its first performances as a full symphony orchestra at London’s Drill Hall.
Two decades later and the LGSO now performs five full concerts per year, plus a variety of regular and ad-hoc extras. Concerts are regularly held at St Sepulchre Without Newgate, in the City, as well as occasional outings to major London venues such as St John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall or the Southbank Centre for special occasions.
Currently the orchestra plays predominantly in London, with an occasional outing to Brighton, and sometimes even further afield to visit our sister orchestras in Cologne (2016) and Paris (2008), and hope to visit many others in the future.
During the past twenty-one years, the LGSO has taken part in a wide range of activities and events, including performances at festivals in the UK, collaborations with many of the UK’s LGBT choirs as well as choirs from across the world as part of Various Voices 2010, Queer Zagreb in 2004 and of course at various Pride events in London. Some of our collaborations include being conducted by winner of BBC 2’s The Maestro, Sue Perkins, recording the score to the cult film Pervirella, and performing with Jimmy Somerville, Simon Callow and Rosalind Plowright.
The London Gay Reading Group now boasts over 500 members of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. We (about a dozen members at a time) usually meet on the second Sunday of the month in central London to discuss a book of gay interest.
Books are chosen from suggestions made by the members attending the meetings. We try to choose books of good literary quality but we also like to be adventurous and original in our choices.
In addition to being an enjoyable and informal social experience, the group is a great way to discover new authors or works outside our usual personal horizons.
From this website you can join the group by subscribing to our Yahoo! mailing list. This is how you will be kept informed of future meetings and books. You can also download a list of the books we have been discussing along the years and view images of some of our meetings.
In 1991, nine friends came together to sing a few Christmas carols at Angel Underground Station hoping to raise a few pounds for the Terrence Higgins Trust. London was in the midst of the AIDS crisis and the men, who belonged to a social group called London Friend sang together to find a place of support, of friendship and of brotherhood. Little did they know what they had kickstarted.
Fast-forward 25 years, and this once small band of singers now calls itself the London Gay Men’s Chorus. Boasting over 200 members, the LGMC is the largest gay choir in Europe and regularly plays to sell-out crowds at Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Roundhouse.
Over the years, the chorus has been lucky enough to have worked with a diverse range of artists including pop stars Mark Ronson and Elton John, soprano Lesley Garrett, country legend Dolly Parton, musical theatre star Hannah Waddingham, actor Simon Callow and comedienne Sandi Toksvig. The LGMC has also appeared on Children In Need, Comic Relief, The One Show, The Graham Norton Show and Top of the Pops.
A monthly forum for talking about sex and/or drug use in the modern gay male community of London. In association with 56 Dean Street, supported by Wandsworth Oasis and run by Patrick Cash.
Gay4Play is all about getting beyond the bars, we have all been there, at a club or bar thinking this isn’t the best way to meet the people you want to get to know. So in response to this challenge we have all had, Gay4Play was formed to facilitate groups of like minded people in doing events that they would otherwise not be doing.
We are an events organisation that 100% focuses on the LGBTI community. This means outside of Pride you have a chance to socialise with like minded people going Kayaking, to the movies to watch the latest blockbuster or how about a big day out doing an amazing Wine Tour. We do it all.
We bring adventure for gays, lesbians and their friends throughout London and beyond. We do the things you want to do but never get around to doing. If you have thought of it we probably do it or its planned for the near future. Come join the fun we are, after all, a friendly bunch.
Monthly social for gay/bi men living with HIV. Meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6pm. Alternating: film nights and pub nights.
Monthly group for gay/bi men living with HIV at Positively UK. Meets first Saturday of the month noon-4pm, lunch included. Provides a safe & friendly space for guys living with HIV to get peer support, share experiences, learn new stuff and have fun.
MeetUp group: fun, relaxed group for making new gay mates. Social network listing events, meet-ups, groups, nights out, cinema trips and other activities all over London.
This is a fun, relaxed group for making new ‘GayMates.’ All are welcome, to join, regardless of sexuality etc. all you need is a sense of fun! Members currently organise social meetups: nights out, museum visits, cinema trips and a whole host of other activities. Some events are hosted others are not.
We welcome your input and suggestions in developing this group! To post events click on ‘Suggest a new meetup’. To attend events click on ‘YES’. If you wish to make new friends and try new things, then this is definitely the place to be.
The Gay Gordons London was inaugurated on the 22nd October 2005 to offer Scottish Country Dancing to the LGBTQIA community and their friends.
We are a co-operative run by a steering group, and we encourage our members to take part in organinsing events whether it be a social, a picnic in the park, a dance or a ceilidh.
We offer a warm welcome to everyone. All we ask is that if you come to one of our classes or our Annual Dance & Ceilidhs, that you are happy to dance with everyone, be it man with man, woman with woman, or man with woman. We dance together and being non gender specific we use the terms ‘Leader’ and ‘Follower’.
The Gay Gordons London have given demonstrations in London, Brighton, Truro, Ediburgh, Belfast and in Rome.
Many of these are in Pride Parades and events for the LGBTQIA community.