‘We would do well to do as he did and strive for excellence regardless of genre.’
We are deeply shocked and saddened to have lost Ty to Covid-19. We have lost a friend and an inspiration, a unique talent and a passionate advocate.
He inspired all when he joined us in 2018, just as he did throughout his life. Totally unexpectedly, at the end of his performance, he hushed the band and asked the house, willed with hundreds of schoolchildren, massed choirs, refugees and asylum seekers and audience, ‘Are we all important? Is every genre important?’ The response was unanimous. Rest In Peace, Ty.
Common and Kind was born online in 2016, created to challenge division and prejudice and empower positive change. With participants from right across the world we created the international collaborative charity single Human Kind, and have since put on four sensational concerts at the Union Chapel in London, each with a massed choir of 400 bringing together schoolchildren, refugees, asylum seekers, adult choirs and a sensational line-up of solo artists.
Our 2020 Worldwide Charity Single
One world. We live in one world. The global Covid-19 pandemic does not recognise borders. Nor does compassion. At a time when all are concerned for their livelihoods, the most in need will be the most forgotten.
In response to this unprecedented crisis in 2020 we are creating a new worldwide single, our unique version of Chinese folk song Mo Li Hua, song of the jasmine flower, symbol of compassion and humility. For this new single we are bringing together singers and solo artists from across the world including previous collaborators such as Pihcintu, Young KL Singers of Kuala Lumpur, solo artists J Hoard, Justin Stanton and Bill Laurance from Snarky Puppy, Gwilym Simcock, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Thomas Gould and singers from Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA.
The single is in aid of the UNHCR, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, an organisation who go where need is greatest. During times of displacement, they provide critical emergency assistance in the form of clean water, sanitation and healthcare, as well as shelter, blankets, household goods and food. Fundamentally they help transform broken lives. More than ever, the most in need are the most likely to be forgotten. We do not want to forget them.