The King’s Singers join forces with Soundabout
The King’s Singers join forces with Soundabout for “Finding Harmony”
World-renowned six-part harmony group The King’s Singers have chosen the Oxford-based Soundabout Inclusive Choir to become ambassadors of their new Finding Harmony campaign, raising awareness of the power of music to bring people together.
As part of the campaign, The King’s Singers will be running workshops with the choir, and singing together in a collaborative performance in May alongside two other Finding Harmony ambassadors.
Created in September 2018, the Soundabout Inclusive Choir is a musical community which brings together singers of all ages and abilities funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the Oxfordshire Community Foundation. It is run by the charity Soundabout whose specialism is in using music to unlock the potential of people with PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities).
Finding Harmony was coined by The King’s Singers as the name for their mission – to use singing as a tool to find unity in a divided world. On January 31st they released an album of the same name featuring a unique collection of songs from across globe – including music that’s too often forgotten – that has brought communities together.
Speaking on behalf of The King’s Singers, countertenor Pat Dunachie said “We are so excited to be partnering with Soundabout as part of our Finding Harmony initiative, making them one of our first Finding Harmony Ambassadors.
“For people with significant disabilities, music can enrich their lives immeasurably by connecting them to people around them in a meaningful way which can otherwise be difficult or impossible. This social connection is at the heart of our Finding Harmony mission, and through our partnership we want to do our bit to help Soundabout enrich the lives of those it helps, including through free workshops and a collaborative performance. We also hope to learn more about what they do, and take some lessons through into our own charitable work. For now, we cannot wait to get involved with Soundabout’s amazing work in the coming weeks, months, and into the future.”
Soundabout CEO Clare Cook said, “We are truly honoured that the Soundabout Inclusive Choir has been chosen by The King’s Singers to be an Ambassador for their Finding Harmony campaign. We are very aspirational; our priority is to remove any barriers from our choir being able to experience all that music and singing has to offer. Many of our members have never been able to join a choir before for a multitude of reasons and they are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with and learn from the best.”