UN Zero Discrimination Day
Soundabout joins forces with the King’s Singers and other inclusive choirs to connect the world for UN Zero Discrimination Day
The Soundabout Inclusive Choirs are joining forces with the King’s Singers are joining forces and two other choirs who all have a shared mission to break down barriers through song, to create an innovative music video for UN Zero Discrimination Day (March 1) aiming to reach across the world with a message of togetherness and solidarity.
The Mixed Up Chorus brings people together across cultural, religious and political divides, the Sing for Freedom choir unites refugee survivors of torture and their allies from across the UK, and the Soundabout Inclusive Choirs give a voice to people with severe and profound learning disabilities. Together, the choirs are working with the renowned vocal sextet on a new arrangement by Steve Dunachie of the classic “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” by The New Seekers.
The voices of the 200+ singers, recorded in their homes during lockdown, will be brought together in the studio by music producer Will Gardner. David Parker of Figment Arts has created the part-animated video concept in response to the challenge of not being able to perform together in person.
The three choirs were first introduced by The King’s Singers in February 2021 when the vocal sextet chose all three choirs to be ambassadors of their “Finding Harmony” campaign, which highlighted the power of music to bring people together through song.
The Soundabout Inclusive Choir network now includes all-abilities choirs in Bristol, Leicestershire, Peterborough, Oxford, West Midlands and Wiltshire.
Patrick Dunachie from The King’s Singers said “Having begun to work alongside these choirs last year, it is beautiful to see the spirit of ‘Finding Harmony’ in action, as they come together with us to create a musical performance, despite severely challenging circumstances. We hope this collaboration will bring smiles to many faces around the world, inspire others to be creative and defiant in how they make music, and also highlight an important initiative by the UN”.
Clare Cook CEO of the charity Soundabout which works to give a voice to people with severe and profound learning disabilities through music said, “These singing groups have one key thing in common – a commitment to musical inclusion. The vision of the Soundabout Inclusive Choirs is to create musical communities without barriers and we are so proud to stand together with this powerful group of singers against discrimination of all forms.”
Holly Jones & Jeremy Haneman, Directors of Together Productions, which runs the Mixed Up Chorus and the Sing for Freedom Choir said, “We’re delighted and honoured to be collaborating with the King’s Singers and the amazing Soundabout Choirs to raise our voices together and take a stand for zero discrimination. We believe that building bonds of empathy and community through the arts is one of the most powerful ways to create change.”
“I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” will be released on March 1 2021. Follow The King’s Singers, Soundabout and Together Productions across social media channels for updates.
There is no cost to be a part of the Soundabout Inclusive Choirs, so if you are able to support us by donating to enable choir members to join in with this amazing collaboration please do.
A donation of £10 would enable one choir member to participate in the video project for Zero Discrimination Day.