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Ring the changes for the homeless

Calling all choirs to perform ‘Ring the Bells’ this Christmas and raise money for Crisis

10 October, 2019

Composer Paul Fincham

Today (October 10) is World Homeless Day, high­light­ing an issue crying out for attention – and cash. Two years ago Islington composer Paul Fincham had his excellent first Christmas carol, Ring the Bells, premiered by the London Philharmonic Choir – to great acclaim.

This year the ever more popular carol could be raising money for homelessness charity Crisis because Paul has pledged the music and its royalties to Crisis. So choirs and their supporters can make a musical contribution to helping out those desperate legions we see every day on our streets.

Choirs are being urged to include Ring the Bells – a choral piece easily manageable by any good amateur choir – in their Christmas programme.

And this year they will be among some distinguished company. The London Philharmonic Choir, the London Symphony Chorus and the Crouch End Festival have already committed to including it their Christmas concerts.

And each year they do, it will be raising cash for Crisis. The London Philharmonic Choir are also urging choirs to fundraise with retiring collections and sponsorship events.

• Ring the Bells score is available to buy at  www.boosey.com  (£2.99, select £Sterling on menu bar) 

Ring the Bells. Perform it. Share it. #EndHomelessness #RingTheBells @Crisis_UK

• See excerpts and more on Ring the Bells on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnRjeD1eFbI

• https://lpc.org.uk/ringthebells-faqs/

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