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Honorary Patron: Joyce DiDonato

Associate Institution: Morley College


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Founder & Director - Michael Solomon Williams

London born and bred singer, songwriter, arranger, conductor, teacher and community activist Michael studied at Leeds, North Texas, York and the Guildhall. He lived and worked in Paris and across France and Europe before resettling in London in 2010, and has extensive experience as a singer and choral director in the fields of concert, opera, film, commercial, church, community and original music. Michael wrote the song Human Kind on the 26th of June 2016 and founded Common and Kind.

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Honorary Patron - Joyce DiDonato

Multi Grammy Award winner of the 2016 Best Classical Solo Vocal Album (Joyce and Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall) and the 2012 Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. Joyce is "honoured to join in this wonderful inititiative", and we are ourselves very deeply honoured to have her wonderful support and inspiration.


Associate Institution - Morley College, London

Founded in 1889 by philanthopist Emma Cons, one of the UK’s leading centres for adult education. Morley is best known for music and the visual arts, with over 13,000 students studying each year. Former Heads of Music include Gustav Holst and Michael Tippett, as well as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Cornelius Cardew and John Gardner among previous members of staff.