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Campaign to save choir that gives victims of torture a voice

07 December, 2018 — By Jane Clinton

The Sing for Freedom choir at Union Chapel

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to help save a choir whose singers include victims of torture.

The Sing for Freedom choir is made up of people who have used the ­ser­vices of the charity Freedom from Torture as well as people from Islington, Camden and Haringey and supporters and staff of the charity.

Freedom From Torture, which helps the rehabilitation of victims of torture though therapy and support work, funded the choir but had to stop its support in the summer because of financial pressures.

Now Together Productions, a community interest arts production company, and the choir, the Mixed Up Chorus, are holding a fundraising concert as part of a campaign to save the Sing for Freedom Choir.

Their concert will take place on Tuesday at Hargrave Hall in Archway. They will also be launching a crowdfunding campaign next week .

“The majority of members are refugee or asylum seekers who live on tiny living allowances, so as well as raising funds to cover administration costs it’s vital to find the funds to pay their expenses so that they can attend,” said Holly Jones, director of Together Productions.

“The choir has been of enormous benefit to all of its members. As one says: ‘The worst thing about torture is that it silences you. The choir has given me back my voice’.”

The Sing For Freedom choir, which was founded in 2017 and has had around 60 members, has performed at numerous venue including the Union Chapel in Islington and the Barbican.

They hope to raise £10,000, which would allow them to restart regular rehearsals and fund the choir to include taking their performance to the Southbank as part of Refugee Week in June 2019.

The concert is free but there is a suggested donation of £5 which can be made at the door.

To book tickets for the performance go to https://tinyurl.com/y7ketwky

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