One Day One Choir is an inspirational global peace project which asks people to raise their voices for peace - peace of all kinds - in their local communities by singing together on International Peace Day, September 21st. With only a few weeks to go until Peace Day 2018, we are asking for you to encourage as many people as possible to join in and become part of this uplifting global choir for peace.
“We love One Day One Choir, engaging with you has united our global school group more than any project we’ve ever done.”
Rachel White-Hunt, BIS Schools Group, Chicago
Why a choir?
The project began in 2014 as a response to the increasing violence in our communities and around the world. We wanted to unite communities once again, and singing provided two solutions: it has been scientifically proven to bond people more quickly and more powerfully than any other human activity, and it’s something that we can all do - even if some of us claim not to be able to!
‘What a brilliant and inspiring idea. I urge anyone who loves their singing to join in and be a part of this mighty Chorus of Goodwill across the globe; making the unifying voice of song a unifying voice for peace.’
Howard Goodall CBE
Singing is probably the most universally accessible and inclusive activity we can do and has long been a powerful and positive part of bringing and holding communities together. It’s also good for us; science has shown that when we sing together our body responds positively:
- It produces feel good and social bonding hormones
- Our hearts start to beat at the same tempo
- Singing also has the power to make us feel calmer, happier and uplifted as well as having a direct and measurable impact on our mental and physical well-being
Choir of course literally means ‘a group of people who sing together’, so, regardless of age, race, culture, ability, beliefs, location or social situation, anyone can take part in this inclusive and uplifting project. Furthermore, it can then encourage and inspire them to think about what they might do to engender peace for themselves, and for others.
‘A choir for peace is a brilliant idea’
Richard Morrison, The Times
Since it began, more than a million people have been mobilised to ‘sign up and sing’ with One Day One Choir. The range of groups who have taken part so far can be seen on the world map on the One Day One Choir website and includes a huge breadth of diversity from leading classical choirs and cathedrals, to choirs for the homeless and those in prisons, with all kinds of groups in-between.
The project has garnered a wide range of music, education, community and peacemaking supporters (Sing Up, Making Music, Action for Happiness, Music in Offices and International Alert as well as leading musicians such as Howard Goodall CBE, Vladimir Jurowski, Eugene Skeef FRSA, Sir Mark Elder and Sir Karl Jenkins and change makers including Baroness Kennedy and Sandi Toksvig).
‘DO THIS - Sign up and sing for peace with One Day One Choir'
The Mayor’s Culture Letter
By September 21st this year, the aim is to have created the ‘biggest choir in the world’ singing for peace - personal, local and global peace. So how can you increase the peace?
The project is great for schools. It really is easy to take part as one song, for example in a school assembly or sharing something that is already being sung or performed, is enough to join in. You can get ideas by browsing our collection of free songs available on website.
One Day One Choir’s uplifting promotional video explains the project well and they’d love you to share it widely please and help spread the word as far as possible.
Of course, people are creating concerts and events around the UK and globally, and this year One Day One Choir are hosting a flagship event in the Great Hall of the British Museum on 21st September, 6:30pm. 12 choirs – from The Choir with No Name (a choir for the homeless) to the London Philharmonic – will be raising their voices together. There will also be an audience sing along, directed by RSA Fellow Jeremy Haneman.
“We couldn’t believe the positive and powerful impact our short Peace Assembly had on pupils and the school; the children talked about it for weeks. Last year we sent music to our partner school in Malawi, so they could join in with us. It was so inspiring; not only did 500 pupils sing there but the entire village came out and sang too!” – Val Riziotis, Cheam Common Infants’ School, Surrey
So, however you choose to get involved to sing for peace, we look forward to hearing you on International Peace Day, 21st September!
The project is the brainchild of RSA Fellow Jane Hanson, an educator, choral aficionado and project leader who has sung in choirs since her childhood and who has also travelled the world to research and make programmes for BBC Radio about the positive power of singing together and the power of making music as an instrument in social cohesion and peacemaking.