A choir of schoolchildren who moved the nation when they performed with Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester benefit gig have announced today that they will be joining BGT finalists 2017 the Missing People Choir and eight other singing groups taking part in an inspirational new charity album STAND TOGETHER by Choirs With Purpose.
The Parrs Wood High School Harmony Group made their announcement alongside the Games Maker Choir, made up of over 150 volunteers from the London 2012 Olympics, and a newly formed singing group representing Anstee Bridge in Kingston Upon Thames which uses creativity to re-connect with teenagers who have become disengaged with education.
STAND TOGETHER is an album of uplifting cover songs by ten singing groups for whom music reaches beyond the everyday to share their personal messages of triumph over adversity, hope over loss, and the power and spirit of community. It will be released on December 15th 2017.
The choirs have launched a crowd-funding campaign on pledgemusic.com/projects/choirswithpurpose and all profits from sales of the album will be divided equally between the ten choirs involved, or their nominated charities.
The Games Maker Choir will be fundraising for Access Sport which enhances the life prospects of disadvantaged children by providing opportunities to experience and enjoy the power of sport.
James Hawkins, producer of Stand Together said, “This is more than just another choir album, it’s a show of true solidarity, of people working together, supporting each other, standing together and singing. We hope to spread important awareness for the various causes being supported by each choir and bring more people together because of it. ‘Where words fail, music speaks”.
Victoria Verbi, founder of The Games Maker Choir said “We are delighted to be part of this fantastic project and to lend our voices to such a worthy cause. For us, it’s about combining music and sport, and the power of music in bringing and keeping people together is very powerful, so it’s great to be harnessing it to make a huge difference to such a lot of people.”
Katherine Greening, Anstee Bridge co-ordinator said, “Music and singing have always been a big part of our programme and has enabled our students to come out of their shells by expressing themselves through song. We felt it was important to support the Choirs with Purpose cause and to also celebrate ten years of success with our past and present students. And what better song than ‘Proud’ as that is exactly how I feel about all of our students over the last ten years”.