Choirs Against Racism

The music on this page is free to campaign against racism and other forms of hatred – you can use it for working against prejudice and hatred wherever you can, e.g. fundraisers for anti-racist causes, helping refugees, making political statements. Please publicise performances or rehearsals with the hashtag #choirsagainstracism , and let me know about them if you can, by email (hutchingsmusic@hotmail.com) or via Twitter @hutchingsmusic.

If you are using this music, please visit the MyDonate fundraising page for #choirsagainstracism to make a donation, or donate to another good cause if you can: there is a list of suggested organisations at the bottom of this page.

Music available – all free to download and use

Click on the title of each piece to be taken to its page, where you can find scores, recordings and practice tracks. These are arranged from easiest to most difficult. “The Wall”, “They”, and “I Was Listening to a Pogrom” may not be suitable for younger singers due to the subject matter.

Welcome Carol – for unison voices and piano (or guitar). Ideal for a children’s choir but will also suit adults. Would fit well in a church service, especially around Christmas.

Immigrant Jesus for SATB choir (optional piano/organ accompaniment). Music by Kathyrn Rose, words by Gary Alderson.

The Wall – for flexible 2-part choir (could be women/men, SA, TB, ST/AB, etc.) Easy. Dark subject matter.

THEY – for SA and piano. Moderate difficulty. Music by Alison Willis.

No Man Is An Island – for 3-part choir, SSA, SABar or TBarB. Easy to moderate difficulty. Words by John Donne.

New! (August 2018) Where Are My Unnumbered Days? – for SATB choir with some divisi (could be done with 2 people per part, would work better with 4 or more). Moderate difficulty, several rapid key changes. The words are by Mohamed Assaf, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee who now lives in England. They are also published in England: Poems from a School (published by Picador, edited by Kate Clanchy, Mohamed’s teacher). Demo MIDI recording now added to the page.

Of Equality… – available for Treble Voices (5 parts), SSA, or SATB, with piano and optional flute and/or cello. Music by Jessica Rudman, words by Walt Whitman. Jessica has also made two of her works for accompanied solo soprano available.

I Was Listening To A Pogrom – for unison voices, piano, and optional speaking voices. Moderate difficulty. Words by Michael Rosen, former Children’s Poet Laureate.

Three Memories of Kurdistan – for 8-part choir, SSSSAAAA or SSAATTBB (piano reduction available). Challenging. Words by Aine McAllister, based on the memories that Kurdish refugees shared with her as she taught them English. “The Beach” from this set will be performed live in concert by the BBC Singers in September, and later broadcast on Radio 3 – click here for concert details.

All music here can be downloaded in PDF format and printed for free: if you’d like to order printed copies, email me above to discuss cost.

Commissioning or suggesting new #choirsagainstracism pieces

If you would like to contribute music or lyrics to this project, please contact me directly: hutchingsmusic@hotmail.com .

You can commission a new vocal or instrumental piece from me in return for a donation – Jen Wang has organised a fundraising campaign where you can commission an instrumental miniature (choice of several composers) by donating $100 to RAICES Texas, who work to reunite refugee and asylum seeker families separated by US custody. I would also be happy to write short commissions for anyone who can give a similar donation to other refugee causes.

“Migrations” is a short piece for any two instruments, preferably similar or from the same orchestral family, written for Jen Wang’s “Pieces for RAICES” project thanks to a donation from Conrad Lumm, and is available under Creative Commons. Download scores here:

Score in C (this can be used by any pair of instruments with the same transposition, e.g. 2 violins, 2 French horns or 2 Bb clarinets)
Score for Bb instruments, up 1 tone (e.g. for a Bb clarinet playing the piece as a duet with a flautist)

Recent news

The Wall was featured in a concert/reading session in Seattle on 21st July, performed by Chorosynthesis – recording coming soon! – and both The Wall and No Man Is An Island were included in the Composers’ Showcase at the Wessex Festival (Friday 10th August, 10am in Wimborne Methodist Church).

Other music and links

James Robertson’s Bridges Not Walls, originally released here, is now published by Lindsay Music – all proceeds go to the Scottish Refugee Council.

Justin Capps’ “Resistance Song” (voice and guitar) is well worth listening to – contact him if you’d like to use the piece.

Causes that you could donate to

Please visit the MyDonate fundraising page for #choirsagainstracism to make a donation.

Donations at that page will be split between Refugee Crisis Foundation and Refugee Survival Trust.

If you’d like to make a donation to other groups fighting racism and xenophobia, here are some suggestions:

UK and Europe
Refugee Crisis Foundation – promoting the health and wellbeing of vulnerable displaced men, women and children globally
Refugee Survival Trust – preventing refugee destitution in Scotland
Safe Passage – helping unaccompanied children and vulnerable adults to legally seek asylum in the UK
Refugee Action who help refugees settle in the UK
Refugee Council supporting and empowering refugees
Scottish Refugee Council, building a better future with refugees in Scotland
Freedom From Torture – providing therapy and medical evidence to torture survivors living in the UK, protecting and promoting torture survivors’ rights
Woven Gold – a choir of refugees and asylum seekers from around the world, based in London

North America
RAICES Texas – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
The Young Center who assist unaccompanied immigrant children in the US
The ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, who fight for equal treatment under the law
CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
Safe Passage Project – legal help for young immigrants

Worldwide
Save The Children
Human Rights Watch

If you’d like to suggest others, please email me.

(I’m not making any money from this project, but if you feel like buying some other music from me while you’re here, that’d be lovely; see the rest of the site for details.)