24 Nov 2019
Along with other Choirs around the UK, Birkenhead Choral Society will be raising funds for homeless charity Crisis by including the performance of 'Ring the Bells' in our Christmas Concert on Saturday 14th December 2019.
It was composed by Paul Fincham for the LPC in 2017, and premiered at the Royal Albert Hall under Toby Purser. The composer is donating Royalties from the sheet music sales to Crisis. Choirs can purchased the score from from Boosey & Hawkes.
Crisis works with people on the streets to bring them out of homelessness through providing education, as well as support with housing, health and employment; CEO Jon Sparkes has reported that the number of people sleeping rough in the UK has grown by 150 per cent in the last 10 years.
The initiator of the Ring the Bells project, the London Philharmonic Choir (LPC) has been calling on others to take on the carol, resulting in over 50 choirs (to date) signing up, with a total of 60 performances scheduled this Christmas.
Those answering the LPC’s call include cathedral, school and chamber choirs, as well as some of the UK’s leading choruses, such as the London Symphony Chorus and the Hallé Choir (and us!).
LPC Chair Tessa Bartley: "We’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the choral community for this project … we already have choirs committed to performing Ring the Bells in 2020 and Crisis will continue to benefit from royalties for years to come."
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