29.10.2013 / For immediate release
Cardiff Church School musicians join Muslim performers to raise money for Syrian people
Church School's Song of Peace composition holds key to inter-faith participation in nationwide fundraiser.
A Cardiff church school has been invited to share top billing with a host of well known Muslim stars at a fundraising charity event in Cardiff tonight (Tuesday 29th October 2013).
The Sounds Of Light 2013 event will be held at Cardiff City Stadium. The event is the seventh concert to be staged by the UK charity Human Appeal as part of a nationwide fundraising tour for Syria.
The concerts are primarily aimed at the Muslim communities in cities around the country and the events are focused on raising funds to help the six million Syrians displaced by the conflict.
However, although the majority of the audiences are expected to be Muslim, Human Appeal has invited the musicians from the St Teilo's Church in Wales High School to share the stage to perform their own composition which they describe as a song of peace.
Zahid Rehman – one of the organisers of Sounds Of Light 2013 – says Human Appeal wants to make many of the concerts on the tour as multi-faith as possible. "Donating a portion of earnings to people who need help is part of the Muslim culture," says Rehman.
"At Human Appeal, as people hear about the work we are doing, we are getting a growing interest from people from all faiths in the UK who want to help Syrians through the Human Appeal charity. Inviting the singers and musicians from the school to perform in their home city was something we felt strongly about," he says.
The music students at the school composed and recorded the song 'We Have The Key' - as a Christmas number and posted it on YouTube (http://youtu.be/dO7hk9fkHSs). It caught the attention of Human Appeal after the school contacted the concert organisers.
"We thought the song was so good and carried such a strong message we had to give it a chance to be heard on stage," says Othman Moqbel, Chief Executive of Human Appeal. "The words were appropriate to such a wide range of people and beliefs."
The song has started to pick up views on YouTube and the school and the charity hope it could go viral. "One of our goals at Human Appeal is to raise awareness of the plight of people in Syria and other areas of the world where there is hardship and suffering. The more ways we can find to do that the better. The school's song could be the key to help us do that," says Moqbel.
The Sounds Of Light 2013 concerts are a mixture of music, comedy and documentary footage shot by Human Appeal teams in Syria to highlight the suffering of the Syrian people and the work the charity is doing with the funds raised.
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For more information on the Human Appeal campaign or the Sounds Of Light 2013 charity concert tour contact:
Simon Green: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07801 933 289