After months of auditions and rehearsals, singer-songwriter Henry Newbury has won this year's Pride's Got Talent music competition, hosted at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End last night.
11 finalists were taken through their paces by guest judges including pop icon Sinitta and West End stars Catherine Millson and Vinegar Strokes. Henry will now appear on the Trafalgar Square stage at Pride in London on Saturday 6th July, as well as performing on stage at EuroPride Vienna on Saturday 15th June.
Pride's Got Talent, now in its sixth year, was founded as a competition to shine a spotlight on LGBT+ talent in the capital. The competition is split into two genres of Cabaret and Music, with the Cabaret final taking place on Sunday 16th June.
Henry said: “Pride In London was the first Pride celebration I ever went to and it was so full of love and colour, so I’m beyond excited to be part of this year’s celebrations. Throughout the competition I have met some really incredible and talented people who have become friends I hope to keep for life.”
Ian Massa-Harris-McFeely, Deputy Director of Events for Pride in London and Founder of Pride's Got Talent, added: “The last six years of this competition have uncovered some of London's finest LGBT+ talent, and Henry will help us celebrate 50 years of the Pride movement and raise the roof on stage in Trafalgar Square in just a few weeks’ time.
“Our 12 Cabaret finalists will all need everyone’s support this weekend, so please come out to the final on Sunday and cheer on the artist you want to be crowned winner of Pride’s Got Talent Cabaret 2019!”
Pride’s Got Talent was conceived in 2014 with a mission to make sure that talented artists from the LGBT+ community were all given a fair opportunity to take part in Pride in London, as well as receiving mentoring from industry experts. Giving everyone the opportunity to apply and compete, no matter what gender, sexuality, disability or ethnicity, has been at the heart of the Pride’s Got Talent team’s mission, with the aim of bringing transparency and diversity to the Pride stages.