We are working with choirs in the UK to support the five homeless choirs that we set up in Rio as part of Streetwise Opera’s With One Voice international initiative.
Fairhaven Singers, a choir based in Cambridge, has announced it is twinning with the Museum of Tomorrow Choir in Rio. Both choirs have exchanged seasonal greetings films and the UK group, led by Ralph Woodward, has been raising funds for the project in Brazil.
Ralph Woodward, Music Director for Fairhaven Singers, said:
“We are delighted that Fairhaven Singers has just entered into a twinning arrangement with the Museum of Tomorrow Choir, and we’re very honoured to have been asked to participate in such an imaginative form of outreach.”
Matt Peacock MBE, Artistic Director of Streetwise Opera and founder of With One Voice, said:
“We are very excited to see support in the UK grow for our choirs in Rio, as this is having a positive impact on the sustainability of this project launched during the 2016 Cultural Olympiad in Brazil.”
The 1885 Singers, a choir based in Putney, has also asked to be paired with one of the With One Voice homeless Rio choirs.
The With One Voice choirs work with around 300 homeless people in Rio de Janeiro. Singing is having a positive impact on their wellbeing and social inclusion, while providing them with a sense of belonging and purpose. 11% of participants have found employment and secured housing since the project started.
If you wish to make a donation to the Rio choirs, please text SING01 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070. And if you are part of a choir in the UK and wish to get involved, please contact Matt Peacock at email@example.com or Lora Krasteva at firstname.lastname@example.org.