Common and Kind: International Collaborative Fundraiser
Common and Kind was born in the summer of 2016 as a positive collaborative response to a year of extraordinary division. Leading international solo artists from across the musical spectrum and communities of all backgrounds came together in a combined performance of quite extraordinary power. At the end of the 2016 concert, the song ‘Human Kind’ was recorded. Since then it has been recorded by artists and choirs worldwide and will be released on 16 June 2017. The single features Cassidy Janson, Jonathan Hoard, Saida Tani, Sarah Connolly, Mark Lettieri, nine members of Snarky Puppy, hundreds of live singers and orchestra, and choirs from across the world including Pihcintu, who combine refugees from Cambodia, China, Congo, El Salvador, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, West Indies, and Zambia, choirs from Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Scotland, India, Malaysia, the UK and USA.
Common and Kind returns in style in 2017, with solo artists including percussionist extraordinaire Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Bengali pop star Saida Tani, Snarky Puppy trumpeter-keyboardist Justin Stanton, Brooklyn soul sensation Jonathan Hoard, genre-hopping violin virtuoso Thomas Gould, TURYA, recorder quartet Palisander and guest conductors Gareth Malone and Scott Stroman.
This year the massed choirs come from partnership workshops between groups and communities who would not otherwise interact, true to Jo Cox’s famous words that ‘we have more in common than things which divide’, with the evening culminating in a live recreation of Human Kind. All funds raised from the evening will be donated to Musicians without Borders, Music Action International and Amnesty International.