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20 Simple Acts for 20 years of Refugee Week - Sing A Song Recorded in Immigration Detention

20 Simple Acts for 20 years of Refugee Week - Sing A Song Recorded in Immigration Detention

15th February 2018

Music In Detention is delighted to be involved in one of the ‘20 Simple Acts for 20 years of Refugee Week' by re-launching our callout to choirs project to cover one of our songs recorded in immigration detention!


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Is your choir looking for some new material or in need of some inspiration? We might have just the idea for you…

What your choir can do:

We are looking for choirs who would be interested in covering an original song that has been written and produced in immigration detention, so that this music can be heard far and wide.

You might like to perform the song at one of your concerts and you may wish to dedicate the performance to those who find themselves detained. You may like to make a recording and even a music video. Or perhaps you could fundraise for Music In Detention at one of your concerts! Or you may have another creative idea that we haven’t thought of yet…

For Example, the wonderful Lips Choir (a trans-inclusive all-woman pop choir based in London) heard about Music In Detention’s Yarl’s Wood choir  and dedicated their performance of "Stay" to the women of Yarl’s Wood. It was filmed and made into a beautiful video, which was screened at the 2018 Refugee Week conference earlier this week. 

'Stay'

The Horsell Community Choir also performed their version of 'Long Time Girl' - a Jamaican folk song we recorded in Yarl's Wood. They encouraged their kind audience to donate helping us to raise over £200! We filmed their performance which is available to watch via YouTube: 

'Long Time Girl'

We plan to prepare a basic score with lyrics for 3 different songs from a variety of genres written by detainees about refugee experience that you can cover. More info on this to come...

In the meantime, if your choir is interested in getting involved, or would like some more information, please email Sally: sally@musicindetention.org.uk or give us a call at the office on 020 7014 2811. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you do get involved, please don’t forget to let us know!

If you plan to put on a performance:

■     Submit your event via the Refugee Week website: http://refugeeweek.org.uk/events/submit-event/

■     If you're happy to, upload a video to Twitter (please tag @MIDdetention and @RefugeeWeek) or Instagram (@RefugeeWeekUK)