The Power of Love is Mighty real! Charity Gala celebrates the work of musicians we lost to AIDS and those living with or affected by HIV, whilst providing a platform for emerging LGBTQA+ artists & their allies.
This December is the 30th anniversary of the first ever World AIDS Day and the 30th anniversary of the death of the amazing singer Sylvester whose song (You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real! also celebrates it 40th anniversary this year.
We are organising a Charity Gala for World Aids Day, 7pm Saturday 1st December at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London. W11. Check out our website for more details of the acts. thepoweroflovelondon.co.uk
WE NEED YOUR HELP: we are just 40% of the way to our target. This has been achieved through Social Media and the hard work of our team of volunteers at TPOL, but now we need your help.
PLEDGE ON THE CROWDFUNDER: we have lots of amazing rewards to be had – or if you prefer, just donate. crowdfunder.co.uk/poweroflovelondonRemember, every little helps!
SHARE OUR CROWDFUNDER! We believe that The Power of Love is a great project that will benefit the local community and the wider community of artists and musicians in London. The £5,000 we are hoping to raise through Crowdfunder will enable us to cover the cost of the event so more of the profits can go to Charity.
THE OBJECT:is to raise awareness, particularly in young people, around HIV, and how the illness still affects people today. All profits from the event will go to The Terrence Higgins Trust http://www.tht.org.uk to enable them to continue the work they are already doing.
COME TO OUR CONCERT! The Power of Love: is Mighty Real! Is a musical celebration of the lives of those we lost to AIDS and those living with or affected by HIV. We have some amazing artists appearing on the night: with several winners from this year's Pride’s Got Talent, a rock and an electropop band, soloists, a flautist, a gospel choir and a musician’s collective performing a disco medley! There will be dancing, drag queens and so much fun - don't miss it!
We will cover songs from Freddy Mercury, Sylvester (of course), Jermaine Stewart, Sharon Redd and the B52's, as well as Holly Johnsons' The Power of Love and songs that speak of the impact the illness had through those we lost.
We believe that The Power of Love is a great project that will benefit the local community and the wider community of artists and musicians in London. The £5,000 we are hoping to raise through Crowdfunder will enable us to cover the cost of the event so more of the profits can go to Charity.
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.