New Orchestra to make Rainbows at Pride in Hull

New Orchestra to make Rainbows at Pride in Hull

This year’s Pride in Hull event in Queens Gardens on Saturday 22nd July has an amazing new addition this year; organisers are hoping to feature a 50 piece orchestra to round off the day’s celebrations with a specially commissioned piece of music featuring iconic musical themes from the fifty years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967.

10,000 expected to celebrate city’s major cultural festival

The organisers are seeking help from the business community to help entrepreneurial start-up, Culture Music: make a mark in the orchestral music scene in the region. Working with collaborative musicians from the area, the Culture Music: Rainbow Orchestra will get to perform one of their first major concerts before an audience of around 10,000 friends and family of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire’s LGBT+ community.

Daniel Thompson, Orchestra Leader said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to create something really special, a memory and an experience for everyone to be part of and share. Marking such an important part of social history and celebrating the development of the LGBT+ community through unique music arrangements lets us almost hear the ‘soundtrack’ to the years gone by. Expect to hear familiar tunes yet performed like you have never experienced them before! We hope this springboard into the public eye will help us find local sponsors and enable us to create lots more exciting performances in our amazing, cultural city.”

Innovation and great local talent get a big break

The setup and operational costs of a performing orchestra are notoriously high and, the event’s organisers are hopeful that as well as providing a stage for a major performance, financial assistance will help create a second semi-professional orchestra for our area. Culture Music: Orchestra appeared on the official video for City of Culture filmed live at the Dock Stage earlier in the year – organisers are hoping that Forgotten Town gets a lot of traction and makes the charts as it celebrates Hull’s recent renaissance.

£50 for Fifty Musicians celebrating fifty years

Businesses can sponsor a musician from as little as £50 with a witty campaign aimed at raising awareness of both the event and orchestra. Major sponsorship is also being sought for the pioneering musical event which will be a first for Hull and the UK. Hull is the host city for the first ever UK Pride and Pride in Hull is expecting a bumper audience from all over the country; each UK Police Force is represented as well as participation from Humberside Fire & Rescue services.  Major sponsors, BP, Nationwide, St Stephen’s, 360 Accountants, have already expressed an interest in support of one of Hull’s friendliest, fun festivals.

Something for everyone

As part of LGBT 50, Pride in Hull are hosting a week-long program of events including a Business Forum for budding entrepreneurs, film festival, business comedy workshops, theatrical premieres and the award-winning Polari Literature Festival. Businesses can exhibit in BP Pride in Hull Community Market and take advantage of the 10,000 plus crowd on the day, too.


If you’d like to support this major cultural business event, please contact:




Or contact Graham Jenkinson at Jenko who are marketing the event


Tel: 01482 325893

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