Britain's top musicians are uniting to raise money for International charity 'Children in Crossfire' by taking a Grade One exam in a brand new instrument alien to them before Christmas.
The challenge, devised by classical Violinist Joanna Watts, will see over 100 musicians from the UK's leading Orchestra's and West End Shows take part. Top Classical stars Wynne Evans (The Nations much loved Go Compare Tenor) and Milos, the exciting young Classical Guitarist and Mark Bedford the bass player from Madness are all taking part. There are more top artists and musicians still waiting to be confirmed.
The story of Children in Crossfire has its roots in what began as a tragedy and ended as a triumph of the human spirit to overcome adversity. In 1972, aged 10, Richard Moore, the founder & director of Children in Crossfire, was blinded by a rubber bullet fired at point blank range into his face. Amazingly, from childhood to the present day, he has never allowed bitterness to stunt his development and has since befriended the soldier who blinded him. Children in Crossfire patron His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, describes Richard as ‘my hero and a wonderful son of humanity'
Children in Crossfire's international programme focuses on Tanzania, Ethiopia, and The Gambia where they work in partnership with local organisations to make better health care and education available to the most disadvantaged young children.
Children in Crossfire Founder and Director, Richard Moore said, "This is a win-win situation for those who participate; they get to learn a new instrument and also help children suffering from cancer in Tanzania at the same time. Everyone at Children in Crossfire is very excited about it and we are grateful to Joanna Watts for organising the challenge".
The project that the musicians are raising money for is called Tumaini La Maisha, which cares for children with cancer in Tanzania. Classical Violinist Joanna Watts travelled there in March to work with the children, under-taking music and art workshops. She was overwhelmed by the courage and bravery of the children she met and the devotion of the charity towards them.
Grade-One-Athon mania is sweeping the UK with more and more musicians and artists waiting to sign up to take part. Cellists picking up Tuba's, Trumpet players learning the Harp. '
Please take 5 minutes to watch the film below. It was made by the Children in Crossfire, filmed on the very ward and classroom where Joanna worked and with the children she grew to know and adore.