MORE IN COMMON IN MUSIC
© Common and Kind 2016
Honorary Patron: Joyce DiDonato
Associate Institution: Morley College
To channel the offerings of the thousands who reached out since since June 2016, Michael wrote Human Kind.
Featuring quotations from John Donne (‘No man’s an island’) and Jo Cox (‘More in common’), the song is conceived to be adaptable for all musical genres and abilities and designed so that it could be recorded across the world, bringing people together from all communities, cultures, nations and musical genres.
The song was first recorded at the end of the Union Chapel concert in London on Tuesday 2nd August 2016.
Since that concert, choirs and soloists from across the world have sent in their own recordings. They include Pihcintu, a choir combining refugees from Cambodia, China, Congo, El Salvador, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, West Indies, and Zambia, choirs from Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Scotland, India, Malaysia, the UK and USA.
The single also features world-leading solo artists Cassidy Janson, Sarah Connolly, Jonathan Hoard, Saida Tani, Mark Lettieri and nine members of Snarky Puppy.