I am the Assistant Musical Director, Creative Director & founding member of the Citizens Of The World Choir, the UKs leading Refugee Choir.
Citizens Of The World Choir is 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.
For any Citizens Of The World enquiries, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our story includes;
– performances with artists and collaborators Elbow, Glastonbury Festival, Basement Jaxx, Emily Watson OBE, Imogen Heap, Ian Shaw, UNHCR, WOW Festival, TED X, Peace One Day and more at venues including Kings Place, Love Supreme Festival, The Globe, Ronnie Scotts, Southbank Centre, Houses of Parliament.
– features in The New York Times, The Metro, Fox News, The Evening Standard, BBC One News, BBC Radio3, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 4, BBC News, BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio London, BBC World Service, The Big Issue, Sunday Morning Live and more.
In 2017, after the closure of the Calais Jungle, Lord Roger Roberts of Llandudno dreamt of a project that would open its arms to the refugee community in the UK. As a proud Welshman, his idea was a choir: to promote integration and healing through the power of music.
By Easter that year, Citizens of the World Choir was established. And we haven’t looked back. Over the years, we have sought always to centre the diverse voices, cultures & experiences that find sanctuary in our choir, and are proud that today our community of refugees and friends supports each other, sings together and performs all over the UK.
We make a loud and beautiful noise, we create a space to congregate that is safe and joyous, and we stand by the journeys that have brought us together and in solidarity with displaced peoples everywhere.
At this time, togetherness has never been more important. Our choir rehearses online & in person to combat loneliness and isolation, and reaches out to provide virtual concerts to the wider community. Today COTW is a fully fledged CIC (Community Interest Company) and has 50 members, representing nearly 30 different nationalities, who come together to sing each week in London.