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Sat, 28 Aug



Linton Stephens' Drag Queens and Kings of Classical Music

Drag Queens and Kings of Classical Music! Exploring all things camp and queer through the medium of a wind quintet in drag. With a programme celebrating LGBTQ+ classical music icons, including Samuel Barber, Julius Eastman, Jennifer Higdon, Ethel Smyth and the one and only Tchaikovsky.

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Linton Stephens' Drag Queens and Kings of Classical Music
Linton Stephens' Drag Queens and Kings of Classical Music

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28 Aug 2021, 15:30 BST



This episode will showcase the music of LGBTQ+ composers played by a wind quintet in full, fabulous drag!

With a programme including Samuel Barber's Summer Music, Jennifer Higdon's Autumn Music, Julius Eastman's Joy Boy and pieces by gay icons Ethel Smyth, Tchaikovsky and Richard Rodney Bennett.

Diversity activist and bassoonist Linton Stephens plays with Chineke!, BBC Philharmonic, Opera North and the Halle and presents BBC’s Classical Fix podcast. He turned heads earlier this summer when he performed Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto with Skipton Camerata in a dress and red snakeskin boots.

He's said: “The LGBTQ+ community has made a huge contribution to the art of classical music and it is something that is rarely celebrated. So often, their struggles and oppression are translated into their work, resulting in music of such beauty and poignancy. In honour of them, we’ll be loud and proud in the Garden Jam. And what better way than with a (not so subtle nod) to the gender-bending art of DRAG! Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines…”

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