Set up in 2017 for people seeking sanctuary or affected by forced migration, London-based singing group, Citizens of the World Choir has made quite a name for itself.

Over the years they have performed at venues including the Houses of Parliament, The Globe Theatre, St Paul’s Cathedral, Ronnie Scott’s, and the Royal Opera House. They have also been invited to sing with rock band Elbow at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, as well as performing on the Great British Bake-Off Christmas Special. 

From the talents and suggestions of their members, they build cultural fusions, such as mixing Arabic rap in old folk songs, Indian ragas with Christmas carols, or Ukrainian music with Welsh ballads.

“For our refugee members, having a safe space to play and learn creatively is key, as well as being able to actively celebrate one’s own culture and offer exciting ideas for collaboration,” says choir director, Becky Dell. “Some of our members come from cultures where singing is not permitted, some are skilled musicians, others have never sung before. 

We focus on our members’ strengths and support their potential, whether they are musicians, poets, artists, photographers, or new singers who want to find community and be part of something.”

You can find out more via their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter/X, Instagram, and YouTube.

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