#FindingHarmony around the world through music.
Music is a universal language shared by performers and listeners all over the world. It sees no boundaries. It does not discriminate.
At countless times in history music has been a force for good, by bringing people together in times of difficulty, and helping to heal divisions in society. Our recent album and touring programme, Finding Harmony, showcases some songs which have done just this.
Today, the world feels more fractured than ever before. We and The King’s Singers Global Foundation want to champion music as a way to find musical and social harmony in the world today to help us celebrate what unites us rather than focus on those things that divide us.
Whether it’s audience members who come together from different walks of life united by a love of music, or choirs who create something more beautiful than the sum of their parts, music has a powerful effect on individuals, communities and the wider world, no matter people’s age, gender, race or circumstance.
As members of The King’s Singers, with the help of The King’s Singers Global Foundation, we are uniquely placed to find harmony around the world given our extensive travel, our expertise in the craft of ensemble singing, our wide repertoire of musical styles and different languages, and our network of friends we have made during our more than half century of touring.
And you can help make this happen by making a gift to The King’s Singers Global Foundation. Any gift that you are able to make, however big or small, whether one-off or regular, will help make The Foundation’s projects a reality.
We have identified several organisations whose work closely mirrors our aims of finding harmony through music, and who have an extraordinary impact on communities around the UK. By making these groups Finding Harmony Ambassadors, we want to enable them to grow and develop their work through grants from the Foundation, thereby increasing the reach of our mission through a network of partners who are doing remarkable work to use music as a tool for unity. We will also give free workshops to the Ambassadors as part of this partnership, including a collaborative performance with them.
If 200 people each give £30 we can support our ambassadors and significantly widen the impact of Finding Harmony through these organisations
It has long been a mission of the Foundation to help grow the choral repertoire by commissioning new music. The Foundation aims to create new music from both established and upcoming composers, from around the world, and with a particular focus on songs, languages and musical traditions which are often overlooked in the classical concert world, as exemplified by our project Finding Harmony. For Finding Harmony, the Foundation helped commission 16 new works from composers from 5 different countries, in 6 different languages With your help, the Foundation will continue this work, commissioning several works each year.
Every donation made contributes another chord to a brand new piece by a leading musical mind
Our commitment to commissioning new music (see below) has developed since the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to create something special, which would encourage and reward creativity at a time when the arts were suffering around the world. So we designed this New Music Prize, open to composers living in the USA and Canada. The Foundation has arranged free digital workshops (open to all) as part of the competition, as well as a wonderful array of exclusive prizes for the 4 category winners. To top it all off, we’ve arranged a live event in Washington National Cathedral, D.C. to premiere the winning works. Find out more on the dedicated New Music Prize webpage.
A donation of any size helps to cover the considerable costs of mounting this competition, from advertising it all the way through to funding the cash prizes.
RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE
The Foundation aims to help us make our educational work reach the people who need it most. By paying for ground transport and concert tickets, through ‘Right Time, Right Place’ the Foundation helps choirs and ensembles around the world experience world-class music making, and receive coaching in ensemble skills which we will give for free on the day of the concert. We aim to offer at least 4 of these free workshops each year to choirs for whom money is a barrier to such coaching, The Foundation facilitated one such experience in Louisiana, USA in February 2019 and you can see a video reflecting on it here.
It will only take 100 people, each giving £20, to allow hundreds of musicians around the world to work with The King’s Singers for free, and receive potentially-life-changing experiences
SUMMER SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS
We want to offer free places on each of our residential Summer Schools to people who are in full-time education. These Summer Schools are an opportunity to work in great detail on ensemble skills, performance and musicianship, with the six King’s Singers, world-renowned guests and dozens of other singers from around the world. We don’t want gifted singers to miss out on this opportunity simply based on their finances, so these scholarships will enable talented people who could not otherwise afford it to enjoy a week of world-class training in the art of singing in harmony.
The Scholarship will cover each participant’s travel, accommodation and subsistence; just 200 people giving £10 will make this a reality for three people
John Rutter CBE
and up until his death in November 2019, Sir Stephen Cleobury CBE
The King’s Singers Global Foundation comprises two organisations:
The King’s Singers Foundation: a charity registered in the UK, regulated by The Charity Commission.
Registered Charity No. 1137901
The King’s Singers Foundation, 4 Albert Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6DP
Trustees: John Bickley, Simon Toyne, Stephen Lumsden, Robert Temmink QC, Bob Chilcott
The King’s Singers Global Foundation: a 501(c)3 organisation registered in the USA
The King’s Singers Global Foundation, 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite W236, New York, N.Y. 10001
Directors: The King’s Singers, Dr. Kenneth C. Fischer
Special Advisor: Ronald C. Gunnell
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