Alongside drag sensation Peaches Christ, conductor Edwin Outwater co-hosts, conducts, and co-emcees this camp Christmas party, bringing an orchestra and special guest stars together at the world’s best and most forward-thinking venues.
Holiday Gaiety was first presented by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 2018, and has been a staple of the city’s Christmas celebrations ever since. In 2022, Edwin and Peaches brought the show to London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, with further international dates planned for the upcoming seasons.
Previous guests have included acclaimed drag superstars such as Miss Coco Peru, Thorgy Thor, Bob the Drag Queen, Sister Roma, and Monét X Change, alongside actors and Broadway showstoppers such as Jane Lynch, Cheyenne Jackson, Ana Gasteyer, and Marisha Wallace.
Each individual performance is tailored exclusively to its location, making every show unique and encouraging the engagement of local talent and audiences.
A classic variety show with a twist, A Christmas Gaiety is perfectly placed to bring new and diverse audiences into the orchestral sphere, with high-quality talent also exciting existing classical concert-goes. This performance not only provides entertainment and comedy, but highlights the significance of a chosen family and sense of belonging, which is so important to many members of the LGBTQ+ community and beyond — especially during the holiday season.