The Power of Love! London Charity Gala for the THT

by The Power of Love London in Powis Square, London W11 2AY, UK

To raise awareness about HIV and money for Terrence Higgins Trust whilst providing a platform for emerging LGBTQA+ artists & their allies

by The Power of Love London in Powis Square, London W11 2AY, UK

£1,640

raised of £5,000 target

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by October 26th 2018 at 9:00pm

This December is the 30-year anniversary of the death of the amazing and unique Sylvester, it is also the 30th anniversary of the first ever World AIDS Day. In honour of the musicians we lost to AIDS and those living with HIV I am organising a charity concert for World Aids Day, Saturday 1st December 2018. The aim of the concert will be to raise awareness around HIV today and to raise funds for The Terrence Higgins Trust http://www.tht.org.uk to enable them to continue the work they are already doing in this field.

The Power of Love: will be a musical celebration of the lives of those we lost to AIDS and those living who are affected by HIV. The object is to raise awareness, particularly in young people, around HIV, and how the illness still affects people today. The aim is to showcase young, up-and-coming artists who have volunteered to help with this project. We are particularly focussed on artists whose fan-base may not ordinarily be involved in HIV awareness events, and artists from minority groups most affected by HIV like the LGBTQ and Black African community. The event will see different generations of people from the LGBTQ and Black & Ethnic communities coming together and celebrating the lives of those who paved the way for us now.

The concert: The concert itself will take place 7.30-10pm with a 20-minute interval. As well as bands, soloists and a gospel choir, there will be cabaret and guest speakers. The décor and clothing will be red, to honour the iconic red ribbon symbol for World Aids Day. Most of the songs will be about HIV or AIDS. Some will have been originally performed by people with HIV, and others have been chosen because they have inspired me over the years, and are about loss, struggle or love overcoming all.

The venue: We have managed to book the prestigious Tabernacle in Notting Hill for our concert - https://www.tabernaclew11.com which has seen performances from the likes of Adele, Lily Allen, Florence + the Machine, Jarvis Cocker, Take That, Jamie Callum, Ellie Goulding, Brian Eno…the list is exhaustive.

How you can help:  The costs of putting on this concert are high - from hiring the venue, to rehearsal space. With your help, we aim to raise £4000 to cover everything, and ensure that all proceeds on the night can go to The Terrence Higgins Trust. 

Anything you can donate would be truly amazing, and to say thank you, we have some special 'rewards' listed on the right of this screen.

My story : 26 years ago, I lost the love of my life, Tony, to AIDS. It is a loss that haunts me to this day, so much it inspired me to put on this concert.

I met Tony when I was 19 and he was 32 years old (1986). Tony was the most amazing person I ever met. Back then, our love was illegal as the age of consent for gay men was 21 (it was lowered to 18 in 1994 and equalised at 16 in 2001)! Around that time AIDS was just being reported about — risky times!

Tony was the funniest, cleverest most creative person I have ever met, even to this day. His star burned so amazingly bright! I was quite lost when I met Tony and he inspired and encouraged me to get back on track with my own creativity; eventually helping me through college and off to University to do my Fine Art degree. A dream I had almost given up on.

Tony educated me in so many ways and music was a big part of our relationship. It seems a fitting tribute to a man who put me on my path to where I am now, for which I am eternally grateful. I also lost many friends, people I admired and people who inspired me to AIDS: from Sylvester, to Freddie Mercury, to Mapplethorpe and Keith Haring. It was a horrific forest fire that tore through the gay creative community — the very community I had dreamed my whole life to be part of. I had danced next to Freddie Mercury & Kenny Everett in Heaven around the time I met Tony. These men were my heroes and I lost them all.

Why Music? Music was a big part of Tony & my relationship, both of us loving the people we lost to Aids. More recently I began to learn to sing and joined a gospel choir. Through this, I met inspirational artists and sang songs that reminded me of Tony and the loss I felt for him still. These songs inspired to do something positive and celebratory and some of the songs and artists I discovered along the way will appear in the show.

This Concert is for Tony, for Sylvester, for all of those who died, and for all of us affected by HIV.

We have some amazing artists appearing on the night: from rock legends Never The Bride to newcomers from this year's Pride Got Talent competition such as rock band Chasing Deer, overall winner Lamont Ricketts and Cabaret category winners Busty & Ginger. We have the popular electropop band Indigo Face ( recently winning the ‘1MEurope’ competition, as well as performing at the prestigious Primo Maggio Festival in Rome in front of 65,000 music lovers), Anin Rose, who combines pop music with gospel inspired vocals and modern production. The London International Gospel choir — a truly international and exceptional Choir with a wide repertoire and hugely varied performance experience. Newcomers; IMC (Independent Music Collective): an amazing collective of musicians and singers from all different backgrounds and disciplines, and Louise Carter (pianist and songwriter) whose EP White Feathers features some of LIGC choir as backing vocals. There will be dancing, drag queens and so much fun - don't miss it!


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Email from the team

For pledging £10, our team will send you a personalised thank you email to let you know how much your donation means to us.

£5 or more

Thank you

For some, £5 might not seem much, but for us, £5 means the world. Thank you for donating.

£15 or more

Shout on Social Media

For pledging £15 you will get a shout out on all our Social Media thanking you for your reward and a thank you email from the team.

£20 or more

Tote Bag

For pledging £20 you will recieve a beautiful Tote bag with our unique Power of Love logo we have had designed, printed on a plain black background (I will post images as soon as we can get them).

£20 or more

Program

For pledging £20 you will recieve a copy of the beautiful program which will have amazing pictures and biographies of all the performers from the night as well as other background information. It will also have YOUR name in it!

£20 or more

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Balcony seating 2nd row

For pledging £20 you get to have a 2nd row balcony seat for the spectacular show! If you go onto the tabernacle website, under venue hire for the concert hall there is a diagram of seating plans.Ours will be the caberet style where the tables are in the centre area (it shows here as tiered seating) and on the raised balcony there are two rows of seats. This is for the second row. https://www.tabernaclew11.com/rooms-for-hire

£30 or more

Signed Program

For pledging £30 you will recieve a signed copy of the beautiful program which will have amazing pictures and biographies of all the performers from the night as well as YOUR name in it and other background information.

£30 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Balcony seating front row

For pledging £30 you get to have a 1st row balcony seat for the spectacular show! If you go onto the tabernacle website, under venue hire for the concert hall there is a diagram of seating plans.Ours will be the caberet style where the tables are in the centre area (it shows here as tiered seating) and on the raised balcony there are two rows of seats. This is for the front row - best view. There are only 20 available in advance.

£35 or more

Personalised progress updates and social shoutout

For pledging £35, you will receive a perosnal thank you email and a program. Additionally, we'll shout out about your donation on social media, so please let us know your social media handles when you donate. We will also send you personalised emails to keep you up to date with the status of the project.

£50 or more

Personal video message

For pledging £50, you will receive a personalised video message thanking you for you to show your friends and post on Social Media. Be clear with the name you would like us to use and what kind of message such as greeting, thank you or birthday message/song.

£50 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Table seating in the main arena, towards the back

For pledging £50 you will get a seat at one of the tables in the main arena towards the rear (which is still less than 15 metres from the main stage) and get to experience the feeling of being right in the heart of it with the performers.You will also get a complimentary program. There are only 20 advance seats.

£60 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Table seat in the main seating arena in the middle

For pledging £60 you will get a seat at one of the tables in the main arena towards the rmiddle (which is less than 5 metres from the main stage) and get to experience the feeling of being right in the heart of it with the performers. You will also recieve a complementary glass of bubbly and a program. There are only 20 advance tickets.

£75 or more

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Table seating at the front with glass of bubbly

For pledging £75 you will get a seat at one of the tables in the main arena at the front (which is less than 3 metres from the main stage) and get to experience the feeling of being right beside the performers. You will get a complimentary glass of champagne and a signed program, with your name in it. There are only 10 advance tickets.

£500 or more

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VIP Table of 8 near the front with Champagne

For pledging £500 you will get a table for 8 for you and your friends, in the main arena near the front (which is less than 5 metres from the main stage). You get to experience the feeling of being right beside the performers. You will get two bottles of complimentary champagne and signed programs for you and your friends and a personal mention on the night and in the program. There are only 2 pledges so don't delay

£600 or more

2 of 2 claimed

VIP table for 10 at the very front with champagne

For pledging £600 you will get a table for 10 in the main arena at the very front (which is less than 3 metres from the main stage) and get to experience the feeling of being right beside the performers. You will get two bottles of complimentary champagne and signed programs for you and your friends and a personal mention on the night and in the program. There are only 2 pledges so don't delay

£600 or more

0 of 2 claimed

VIP table for 10 at the very front with champagne

For pledging £600 you will get a table for 10 in the main arena at the very front (which is less than 3 metres from the main stage) and get to experience the feeling of being right beside the performers. You will get two bottles of complimentary champagne and signed programs for you and your friends and a personal mention on the night and in the program. There are only 2 pledges so don't delay

£1,000 or more

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Platinum Friend

If you pledge £1,000 you would fully sponsor all filming and video production of the concert, creating a permanent record of the concert with superb video recordings for all artists and participants. Complimentary concert tickets for yourself and eight guests. VIP drinks reception with the chance to meet the solo artists. Exclusive credit in the concert programme and film credits. Access to a range of exclusive privileges before and after.


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