Citizens of the World - We Need You!

This is an Urgent Appeal for donations to help us raise £50,000 to continue to run our 2024 programme with our incredible and unique choir.
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Citizens Of The World Choir is the UK's leading refugee choir: we are a musical family that celebrates the artistry, heritage and humanity of people seeking sanctuary, and their allies. We advocate for understanding, dignity and kindness through the transformative impact of music and song.

Now with over 50 members from 30 nationalities, our music showcases the resilience of the human spirit. Through our performances we counter the hostile narratives around immigration and migrants and with your support we will continue to use our voices to stand up for people seeking safety in the UK and to ensure people can live with dignity, rebuild their lives and contribute to their communities.

The Choir relies entirely on grant funding and your kind and generous donations. Unfortunately though grant funding is rather like a lottery and this year we were unlucky in our application to the Arts Council. As a result we urgently need your help to keep our amazing choir together and to enable us to continue to provide our existing members and new members with pastoral care & support, data packages and devices to keep people connected, as well as covering travel costs and wherever we can, contributing to emergency food and medical costs.

Refugee Week (17th - 23rd June 2024) is fast approaching and this is the most important time of the year for our community and where we offer the most contribution in the form of our performances. Please please please donate as much as you can today in order to help us keep our Choir running at this most critical time.

Every penny raised through grants and your generous donations is used to advance our mission of healing through music. Here are just a few testimonials from our members.

Choir is flying without borders. We are like birds - we say to the world, we are one, we are citizens of the world - Sonia, choir member

When we sing together, we breathe. And when we breathe, we release the toxic air, the worries, the anxieties. We help each other, we inform each other, we take care of each other - Newroz, choir member

Founded by Lord Roger Roberts and under the leadership of Becky Dell FRSA, CEO, Conductor and Music Director and a team of dedicated professional industry creatives, support staff and volunteers the choir has made it to its 7th year. The Choir has been featured in in the New York Times and UK national press, on BBC TV and Radio, and performed at a string of high-profile venues including Shakespeare’s Globe, Houses of Parliament, Ronnie Scott’s and the Royal Opera House. In 2022 the Choir was among the featured performers at the Platinum Party at the Palace and Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage alongside Elbow. Help us to continue this vital and important work.

Citizens of the World Choir is a Local Partner of forRefugees registered charity no. 1168435. All donations through this platform count as a charitable donation with the option to include GiftAid.

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At forRefugees, we believe that people forced to flee their homes should be welcomed with dignity and kindness. We support refugees where big aid organisations and governments fail, providing food, shelter, legal aid, psychological support and more, so that people can begin to rebuild their lives.

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