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Help save the Sing for Freedom Choir

14 February, 2019 — By Sebastian Taylor

The choir was founded by the Freedom from Torture charity

Additional funds are being sought to reach the £12,000 crowdfunding target needed save the Islington-based Sing for Freedom Choir.

To date, almost 200 people and local businesses have committed just over £10,500 leaving only £1,500 to be raised by next Monday, February 18. Otherwise, crowd­funding rules will prevent any of the money from being released.

The Sing for Freedom Choir was founded by the Freedom from Torture charity in 2016.
But now the charity is no longer able to support the choir financially and it hasn’t met since last July.

The choir is on the large side, numbering around 60 people. It is made up of refugees and asylum seekers who experienced torture in the countries of origin along with Londoners who have joined the choir in the sprit of solidarity.

The choir has been a huge benefit and joy, one member saying: “One of the worst things about torture is that it silences you – the choir has given me back my voice.”

If the crowdfunding target is reached, the choir aims to:

• meet again on a weekly basis;
• help members to learn new songs, developing their skills;
• help members to improve their language and inter-cultural skills;
• perform at Refugee Week, 2019.

Local businesses con­tributing to the crowd­funding campaign to date include Absolute Print, Theatre of Wine, Virgin Active, Picture­house, Bread & Bean and Mosaic Italian Restaur­ant. The campaign has been led by Archway’s Mixed-Up Chorus.

• Crowdfunding page: www.spacehive.com/save-the-sing-for-freedom-choir

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