The star-studded line-up for the Haiti Earthquake benefit concert in aid of SOS Children – Classic Response – has now been announced with All Angels; Amy Dickson; Blake; Brighton Festival Choir; Camilla Kerslake; Escala; Faryl Smith; Jennifer Pike; Paul Potts; Raven; Rhydian; City of London Sinfonia conducted by Carl Davis, billed alongside, Aled Jones and GMTVs Emma Crosby who will be hosting the event.
Classsic Response is a one-night performance, set to fill London’s Royal Albert Hall, on Saturday, 3 April, with a night of entertainment by leading classic musicians to raise thousands for the aid work carried out by SOS Children in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
Classic Response marks the UK’s classic music community’s convergence to raise awareness and funds for victims of natural disaster and disease. In 2005, Classic Response saw G4, Russell Watson and Julian Lloyd-Webber, among many others, raising funds in the wake of the Asian Tsunami and again, in 2006 to help children orphaned by AIDS in Africa.
Aled Jones, who has been involved since the first concert took place, comments, ‘I am delighted to once again be involved in this truly remarkable and unique event. I very much hope that we can build upon the success of previous years to make this a record-breaking fundraiser to provide the much-needed help and support to the child victims of the Haiti earthquake’.
Event organiser, Ed O’Driscoll adds, ‘Through the medium of music, we have managed to raise, literally, hundreds of thousands of pounds in relief for the charity, SOS Children. The proceeds from the first concert built over 100 houses in Pondicherry, Southern India, for families who had lost everything in the Tsunami. I’d like to thank everybody who has already helped to make Classic Response such a success and hope with the support of the British public, we can do the same again’.
All performance fees have been waived for the event in order to maximise the funds raised through ticket sales which can then be used in whole to support the work of SOS Children in their Haiti Earthquake appeal.
SOS Children is the world’s largest orphan charity and has worked for 60-years providing family-based care for children who would otherwise be alone. The charity currently operates in some 124 countries, with around 78,000 children living in their care and around 1million directly supported in the local communities where they work with schools, medical centres and family strengthening programmes.
In Haiti, the needs of a child who has lost their family and homes, destroyed by the earthquake, extend long beyond immediate medical and trauma care. SOS Children is a well established charity in Haiti since 1978 and prior to the earthquake already required 800 child sponsorships, for children orphaned by tropical storms, unrest, poverty and disease. With staff on-the-ground, they are one of the first charities to offer assistance and they guarantee to spend 100% of all proceeds generated by this appeal helping in Haiti, with absolutely no deductions for UK costs such as administration or fundraising.
CEO of SOS Children, Andrew Cates says "At SOS Children we are acutely aware that it is our supporters who enable us to feed every child we feed, hug every child we hug and offer a new hope to so many children. Classic Response made a major contribution to our work helping children orphaned by the Asian Tsunami (of whom we still care for some 500 in SOS Children's Villages) and we are grateful that the Classical community, seeing the plight of children left alone after the Haitan disaster, has again decided to step forward and play such an important role"
Commenting on their involvement:
Faryl Smith: “I am so pleased to have been asked to take part in this concert for SOS Children. I feel so saddened and helpless at the destruction caused by the earthquake in Haiti and the damage caused to so many civilian lives. The knowledge that many children of my age and younger have been so badly affected really made me want to be involved and I hope with our efforts, we can raise enough money and awareness to help make a difference in their lives. It’s a truly amazing thing to be a part of’.
CARL DAVIS: 'Music is our strongest weapon and in the case of a disaster we must give our all'.
CAMILLA KERSLAKE: ‘I'm so proud to be able to play a small part in helping these children begin to rebuild their lives by performing in Classic Response 2010. Without our help and support many of these innocent orphans would not be given the medical care, food and education they so desperately need’.
RHYDIAN: ‘I’m delighted to be taking part in the concert – it’s important at times like this we all do what we can’.
PAUL POTTS: ‘When I was asked to take part I just said count me in – the people of Haiti need us all to rally round and do our bit’.
AMY DIXON: ‘I am honoured to have been invited to contribute to such a tremendously important occasion as this, and I dearly hope that this concert will be hugely successful in providing aid to people whose suffering has been, and continues to be so great’.
Tickets are priced from just £20 each, with the programme of acts commencing at 7.30pm. To book ticket contact the box office on 0845 401 5045 or visit www.royalalberthall.com