Common and Kind, a collective which aims to demonstrate the power of music to bring people together, has announced a fundraising concert at the Union Chapel.
The concert will include a guest appearance by Gareth Malone, a preview of T U R Y A’s debut album, and appearances from Bengali folk-pop star Saida Tani, violinist Thomas Gould, percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger, trumpeter and pianist Justin Stanton, and soul singer Jonathan Hoard.
The event will take place in London’s Union Chapel at 8pm on 25 July. All proceeds will be donated to Musicians without Borders, Music Action International and Amnesty International.
Common and Kind’s single Human Kind was released on 16 June, the anniversary of the death of Jo Cox. The song was written by Michael Solomon Williams in an adaptable way, allowing for performances by musicians of all genres and abilities. Choirs from across the world – including ensembles from Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Scotland, India, Malaysia, the UK and USA – have recorded the track.
The recording of Human Kind brought together musicians from a huge range of genres and countries, including mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, guitarist Mark Lettieri, pop singer Sarah Jane Morris, and Bengali folk star Saida Tani. James Burton conducted the orchestra, which was led by Britten Sinfonia principal Thomas Gould.
Common and Kind has arranged a series of workshop partnerships to bring together communities across the UK and encourage community cohesion; these include Songlines Choir, Islington Refugee and Migrant Centre, German Choir of London, Elysian Singers, Freedom from Torture Choir, Croydon Community Choir, Rainbows Across Borders, London Humanist Choir and Reggae Choir.