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Singing Our Lives 2018

This summer, music will unite refugees, migrants and British choir members for the Singing Our Lives (SOL) concert showcasing original music that celebrates the strength and resilience of the refugees and migrants, as the finale to Refugee Week 2018.

The concert marks the culmination of a unique creative process bringing together five amateur choirs and professional musicians through a series of workshops aimed at fostering unity among the diverse groups. The concert is the final apogee in a process that explored the themes of justice, changing seasons, and the cultural adjustment process, in addition to hearing real-life accounts from choir members. For some, this was their first interaction with refugees or asylum-seekers.

WHAT Singing Our Lives concert
WHEN Sunday 1st July 2018 at 18:00
WHERE Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican, London
With over 8.8 million migrants and refugees living in the UK, according to IOM’s Migration Data Portal, active inclusion can reduce feelings of isolation and increase the contribution to British communities.

When migrants, refugees and communities come together and learn from each other - as they do for Singing Our Lives - this is the true essence of integration,” said Dipti Pardeshi, IOM UK Chief of Mission.

Over 200 performers will participate in the event at Milton Court, hosted by Together Productions, in partnership with IOM, Freedom from Torture, the Royal Opera House, Improbable, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Singing Our Lives combines opera, classical, popular and electronic genres with music from around the globe and performed by the Mixed Up Chorus, the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, and the Sing for Freedom Choir, and Guildhall School musicians, Woven Gold and Stile Antico.

If you would like to attend, please click on the link to purchase a ticket.