Concert _Unfinished Journeys_, photographer_ Ollie Smallwood
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Concert _Soldiers of Peace_, photographer_ Ollie Smallwood
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We are an ensemble of professional

and international musicians

performing for peace and

humanitarian causes.

 

As a social enterprise,

we raise funds and awareness

for charitable organisations and

support vulnerable people through music.

   

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'World harmony could be like an orchestra where everyone has their voice heard and plays their part.'

  

"It feels very strengthening and empowering to come here tonight to this wonderfully international event and celebrate our common humanity, our common love of music, to sing together and play together, and listen to each other - it's so heartening." Juliet Stevenson

"What incredible work you are doing, reaching out to people in such need." Joyce DiDonato  

                  Our unique

           repertoire is diverse,

     multi-genre and meaningful.

 Tailored to the cause we play for,

 it is both poignant and uplifting, 

  in order to express hope, ignite

    empathy about tragic issues,

             and inspire people

                      to act.

                We want to convey 

            a message of harmony:

     harmony within the orchestra

   (international musicians playing

together, united in a common sound),

 harmony with the communities and

  students who we support, and also

    harmony with all our audiences  

        (creating a sense of warmth

                 and conviviality).

 

The project provides unique emotional support to vulnerable people, many of whom were already suffering from loneliness before Covid-19.We were featured on BBC News, in the Times, the Independent, the American media NBC News and France Musique. We have had amazing feedback from people saying that having a musician perform especially for them brightened not just those minutes but lasted much longer as a wonderful memory: 

Live socially distanced concerts

for people shielding during the crisis

During these weeks of isolation, would you or anyone you know like to have a concert by a local musician?

Since the start of the lockdown, we have organised 100 concerts all over the UK. 

We follow Government guidelines as this service provides care to vulnerable people. The musicians (maximum 2) perform outside houses and play or sing from a doorstep, garden, or courtyard, keeping a strict safety distance. 

'Pay-what-you-can' or free performances available, just message us here or info@worldharmonyorchestra.com 

Please pay-what-you-can or donate here:

 

                 Before the concert:

        "I am 49 but in a vulnerable

      group due to my genetic illness.

    I have suffered severe depression.

 I don't have anyone coming round, I

 feel myself getting darker thoughts."

   

                     Afterwards: 

   "Amazing concert! I felt so happy

         for the first time in 7 weeks,

             I was crying with joy."

 

                “My young daughter 

          is blind, has severe epilepsy,

      is in respiratory failure and other

   conditions but one thing for sure: she

 loves music! She's so lucky to have had

 her own personal concert. She was in 

   her element, music is so calming and

     therapeutic for her. It was nothing

          short of a little blessing, the

                memories are forever

                           with us.”

 

 

       "It was absolutely brilliant. 

    My friend said it was the most

  thoughtful thing anyone has ever

    done for her. She was brought

       to tears and over the moon.

              We are so grateful..." 

TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS:

 

"I really enjoyed the concert last night and you guys are amazing. I can listen to your music everyday."

A member of the refugee choir at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants

"We would like to thank you and the World Harmony Orchestra very much for playing at the Islington Holocaust Memorial Day event.The music composed by Ilse Weber and the poem you set to music were incredibly moving and the performance was very impressive."

Cllr Una O'Halloran, Mayor of Islington

"This experience was strong, rich and full of humanity. I keep in my heart the faces of those men and their glances, the five of you listening to the misery of this world and ready to act. The moment when everybody started to sing and dance will remain in my heart always. For one second we forgot that we were in a camp. It was wonderful."

Virginie Robilliard, international violinist

"Huge moment of sharing between inhabitants of Grande-Synthe, refugees, the WHO musicians and Le Recho!"

Damien Careme, Mayor of Grande-Synthe

"I found the music and the readings very moving and a reminder, as if one needed a reminder, of the devastation of war and "man's inhumanity to man."

An admirer and supporter who attended our concert "Soldiers of Peace"

Gianmaria Bandiera, Events Manager
at HRAC Amnesty International UK
                 Jaz O'Hara,
Founder of The Worldwide Tribe

'Damascus Chef'

SCHUBERT: "The world resembles a stage on which every man is playing a part."

MOZART: Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."

BRITTEN: "The whole of my life has been devoted to acts of creation and I can not take part in acts of destruction."

We would love to hear from you:

Please fill our contact form if you would like to be added to our mailing list or if you have ideas for new collaborations with us.

 

Our work does not receive regular financial support and relies a lot on the generosity of people like you. If you would like to become one of our friends and support our work, please donate here.

The funds will go directly towards the costs of future concerts (orchestral and 'Cuppa' ones) and music lessons for people who cannot afford them, and also enable us to pay our professional  musicians who often play for free, hire bigger venues, reach out to more people, and spread harmony through music!

Any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

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