The Mixed Up Chorus is inviting people of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds to join its ranks. To celebrate its second birthday, the choir is holding free singing sessions open to all members of the public. Everybody who likes to sing is welcome, whether they’re experienced singers or complete beginners. The choir was founded on the belief that if we sing next to each other, we’ll live well next to each other.
The Mixed Up Chorus was set up by intercultural charity 3FF in 2013 to bring together people from different cultural backgrounds through their love of music. In the last two years the choir has grown to some 80 members and spread their message of unity and understanding to people around London through many performances, most notably at a reception for the Deputy Prime Minister and as part of the Chorus Festival at the Royal Festival Hall.
In the coming year, the Choir is looking to increase the diversity and number of its members. Participants who have joined the choir come from many different backgrounds including Humanist, Pagan, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Christian and non-religious backgrounds. The group’s repertoire is a mix of different music from many traditions, cultures and time periods. Members ages range from the 9 – 78 including two families spanning 3 generations.
Choir Director Jeremy Haneman said: “This is a great opportunity to join a choir that pushes boundaries and collaborates with some incredible musicians and artists, a choir that really celebrates the true social and artistic diversity of our great city.”
Choir member Clare Sibson: “The skills you need to negotiate that sensitive thing of interfaith dialogue are great to get to know any person. It’s changed my life even in the way that I deal with my kids. That’s how deep I think this work is.”
Choir member Andrew Risner: “I think what makes Mixed Up Chorus unique is the mix of people. There’s all ages, different backgrounds, and different abilities of singing as well.”
The Mixed Up Chorus is non-auditioned and open to everyone. To join, come to one of the free sessions on 29 September and 6 October from 6.45pm to 9pm at 3FF’s offices: Star House, 104 Grafton Road, London NW5 4BA.
For more details visit www.3ff.org.uk/mixed-up-chorus
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Mixed Up Chorus is run by 3FF, the Three Faiths Forum.
3FF, the Three Faiths Forum, works to create understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs. 3FF builds positive relations between communities and individuals at many levels of society: with teachers and students, artists and professionals, political leaders in parliament and upcoming leaders still at university.