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Sing a Song

“When your body is trapped, music can set the mind free. It’s like the music plays and those walls come down. You feel free, even if only for a while.”

– Lamin, musician, Hear me Out trustee and former detainee.

This Simple Act invites you to use music to walk alongside someone else. Hear Me Out is a charity that takes music-making into UK immigration detention centres, to release the words, music and life stories of people held inside. For Refugee Week 2021, Hear Me Out is inviting choirs everywhere to learn and sing ‘Never Give Up’, a powerful track written in Dover Immigration Removal Centre.

Hear Me Out will provide backing tracks, sheet music and lyrics: you bring your voices and a desire to bring hope to those trapped in detention. Send a film of your performance to Hear Me Out, and they’ll edit it together to create a special film that will be launched during Refugee Week 2021.

For more information and to get started, contact Hear Me Out.

There are other ways to take part in this Simple Act too–our Refugee Week 2021 playlist will offer a special selection of songs inspired by refugees and the theme ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, for you to sing along to and share (watch this space).

Whether you’ve learned, performed or simply discovered a new song this Refugee Week, share on social media using #SimpleActsand#ShareaSong.

If your social media post includes images or names of other people, make sure you get permission first, including from parents/ guardians of anyone under 18.

Sing a Song is one of eight Simple Acts you can do for Refugee Week 2021. To view them all, visit the Simple Acts page.