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© Common and Kind 2016


Honorary Patron: Joyce DiDonato

Associate Institution: Morley College


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To channel the offerings of the thousands of people who reached out online in June 2016, Michael wrote the song Human Kind. Featuring quotations from John Donne (‘No man’s an island’) and Jo Cox (‘More in common’), the song was conceived to be adaptable for a wide range of musical genres and abilities and such that it could be recorded across the world, creating an international music video bringing people together from all communities, cultures, nations and musical genres. This process is now complete.


Human Kind was recorded at the end of the Union Chapel concert in London on Tuesday 2nd August 2016. Since the 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 video single will also feature guest soloists Sarah Connolly, Jonathan Hoard, Saida Tani and nine members of Snarky Puppy.


Human Kind will be released worldwide in Spring 2017, with all proceeds of online sales being donated to Musicians without Borders, Music Action International and Amnesty International.



Union Chapel Choirs


200 singers live in London from choirs including Aviva Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, CC21, Chantage, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Eclectic Voices, Fortismere Community Choir, German Choir of London, Islington Choral Society, Koruso, London Humanist Choir, London Oriana Choir, London Youth Choir, MEC Global Choir, Morley College Choirs, MusArc Architects' Choir, South West London Choral Society, Trowers and Hamlins LLP Choir, Union Chapel Community Choir.


Worldwide Choirs


Pihcintu Chorus (USA - refugees from across the world), Vietnam Miracle Choir, Barazina (Northern Ireland), Big Noise Chorus (Scotland), KL Young Singers of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), German Choir of London, Nozza Voz Brazilian Choir, Songlines Choir (UK), Chiltern Music Academy (UK), Goa University Choir (India), Choir with No Name (UK), Reggae Choir (UK), Windham Chamber Singers (USA).  


International Guest Artists


Jonathan Hoard, Sarah Connolly, Saida Tani, Michael League, Bill Laurance, Mike 'Maz' Maher, Justin Stanton, Brian Donohoe, Chris Bullock, Bob Lanzetti, Brad Allen Williams, Jay Jennings.