Citizens of the World Choir is a choir for people who are refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and the wider community of Londoners.
In 2017, after the closure of the Calais Jungle, Lord Roger Roberts of Llandudno dreamt of a project that would open its arms to the refugee community in the UK. As a proud Welshman, his idea was a choir: to promote integration and healing through the power of music.
Musicians Becky Dell and Tom Donald didn't need asking twice, and by Easter that year, Citizens of the World Choir was established. And we haven't looked back. Over the last 3 years, we have sought always to centre the diverse voices, cultures & experiences that find sanctuary in our choir, and are proud that today our community of refugees and friends supports each other, sings together and performs all over the UK. We make a loud and beautiful noise, we create a space to congregate that is safe and joyous, and we stand by the journeys that have brought us together and in solidarity with displaced peoples everywhere.
At this time, togetherness has never been more important. Our choir rehearses online & in person to combat loneliness and isolation, and reaches out to provide virtual concerts to the wider community.Today COTW is a fully fledged CIC (Community Interest Company) and has 50 members, representing nearly 30 different nationalities, who come together to sing each week in London.
We are always keen to hear from people interested in joining us - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We are a community of refugees and friends who express ourselves through the power of music and culture.
We are proudly non-politically affiliated and use our platform to advocate for refugee rights and human rights, whilst creating powerful musical arrangements & performances that delight and capture our audience.
We have collaborated with world class musicians, organisations, charities and media to spread our message of tolerance and inclusivity (just see our list of collaborations below).
From English Folk songs mashed up with Arabic rap, to Diwali celebration songs combined with Christmas carols, we draw influences from music around the world to curate impactful programmes of music - prepare to not being able to sit still and to shed a tear in the same set!
We are a living examples of the powerful contribution that refugees and immigrants make to our society and are the voice of integration and peace whilst curating powerful performances.
- If you'd like become a friend of the Citizen's of the World choir, through making a donation we would love to welcome you to our community as friend, sponsor and/or fellow humanitarian. To make a specific donation enquiry you can email us at or visit the links below for a single easy payment.