Margaret Fingerhut presents charity single ‘Memories from My Land’11:33, 8th January 2020
In a series of 32 piano recitals across the UK, pianist Margaret Fingerhut has raised around £80,000 for refugees and asylum seekers and is now aiming to raise more with her charity single ‘Memories from My Land.’
Having toured the UK with her special migration-themed programme ‘Far from the Home I Love’, with proceeds from the concerts going to the City of Sanctuary organisation, Fingerhut is now aiming to reach an even higher total of £88,000.
Available for download on Bandcamp, ‘Memories from My Land’ was written for the pianist by Kurdish refugee composer Moutaz Arian. Money raised from the downloads will go to City of Sanctuary, which has a network of over 120 local groups around the country building a culture of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers.
‘It struck me that the landscape of classical music would be very different if composers had not been allowed to migrate,’ says Fingerhut. ‘As the granddaughter of immigrants, I felt I had to do something to counter the rising tide of hatred and intolerance towards others.
‘It has been a truly uplifting experience to do this tour. Everywhere I went I met so many wonderful, altruistic people offering help to the refugees and asylum seekers who have come to the UK. I also met a number of the refugees themselves and heard their heartbreaking stories first-hand. Many of them would be alone and destitute without the compassionate support of City of Sanctuary groups.’