I am dedicating today's blog to the search for funding for a very important project. Statistics tell me that around 100 people read this blog on a daily basis, and if every one of you were able to find just £10, we'd reach our target.
By the way, I should point out that I'm aware that even £10 is a lot for some people in this climate, so if you can't afford to donate, I fully understand. Simply pass the link on to someone who's having a decent recession!
On May 12th, the wonderful Rebel Chorus will be going into a recording studio to record Four Colours, a set of songs about love, which we're releasing as an EP for the Kaleidoscope Trust. It's a lovely set of songs scored for strings, piano and voices; classic Till and if we can find £1000 up front to pay for the recording studio and a set of reproductions, every penny we raise in sales will go to the charity. All performers are working for nothing.
The Kaleidoscope Trust are the UK's only charity who deal exclusively with homophobia on a global platform. They have the backing of all the major UK political parties and their president is John Bercow, speaker of the house.
We take equality for granted in this country, but we shouldn't.
Being gay is still illegal in 41 out of 54 Commonwealth Countries. In 10% of these, the punishment for repeat "sinners" is theoretically death. Women who enter relationships with other women are routinely raped in some areas. Gay men are whipped in Middle Eastern countries. LGBT people live in fear on a daily basis, and this is wholly unacceptable.
In my view, Kaleidoscope, have the right approach to changing hearts and minds. They don't bash people over the head; they try to understand where homophobia comes from and chip away at the issue very carefully. In many cases draconian laws are actually the result of British invasion in the 19th Century and so we have to take a degree of responsibility.
Anyway, if you have a few pennies to spare, pledge them to the projet at We Fund. There are all kinds of lovely incentives, including limited edition prints of the Rebel Chorus. You might also like to attend the music quiz that Nathan and I are running on Saturday 27th April from 2.30-5.30pm. £5 per person, and all proceeds go to the same cause. For more information on that event, email firstname.lastname@example.org
So come on. Let's get this CD made so we can make a shed load of money for this important charity.