Singing Our Lives

Hundreds of singers and instrumentalists from refugee, migrant and local UK backgrounds compose and perform new music together.

Join us as voices unite in song and solidarity to celebrate Refugee Week 2019.

An afternoon of singing includes opportunities for the audience to take part, as well as performances from choirs and groups of a huge range of music from around the world.

Performers include Mixed Up Chorus, Sing for Freedom Choir, Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, Islington Refugee Choir, Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Mind & Soul Choir and special guests.

Part of Refugee Week 2019. Refugee Week is coordinated by Counterpoints Arts.

2.30pm: Singing Our Lives Massed Ensemble
Hundreds of voices unite in song for this performance, featuring all 5 choirs alongside members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.

3pm: The Sing for Freedom Choir
Singing songs of peace and hope from around the world, the Sing for Freedom Choir builds community between local residents, refugees and asylum seekers who are survivors of torture.

3.20pm: Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus
A group of 120 people who live, work or study in Thurrock and who meet weekly to sing opera, perform It Takes A Village combining some of opera’s most fabulous choruses.

3.50pm: The Mind and Soul Choir
The Mind and Soul Choir promote mental wellbeing through singing and work to reduce the stigma around mental illness.

4.10pm: The Islington Refugee Choir
The Islington Refugee Choir perform traditional, well-known pieces as well as original work written together at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants.

4.30pm: The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians take you on a trip to the Middle East with uplifting Arabic melodies, led by Basel Saleh and Hamsa Mounif.

4.50pm: The Mixed Up Chorus
Singing songs inspired by this year’s Refugee Week theme ‘Generations – You, me and those who came before’, the Mixed Up Chorus bring together people from different backgrounds to build understanding and empathy.

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2