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Yom Hashoah to go online with nationwide children’s choir

After annual ceremony cancelled due to coronavirus, young people are being asked to 'sing and submit' track to honour Holocaust victims

Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, Lord Howard and Woody Johnson, US ambassador, at the 2019 Yom-Hashoah commemoration. Photo: John Rifkin
Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, Lord Howard and Woody Johnson, US ambassador, at the 2019 Yom-Hashoah commemoration. Photo: John Rifkin

British children are being asked to ‘sing and submit’ their commemoration tributes for the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and liberation of Belsen-Bergen this month.

The unusual take on the annual Yom Hashoah UK memorial event, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, will feature children singing the song ‘Never Again,’ compiled as a montage and played as part of the candle-lighting ceremony on the evening of Monday 20 April.

Thousands were expected to attend the in-person event at Allianz Park, and thousands more are now planning to log-on for the online version, which Jewish News is proudly sponsoring, with school choirs already signing up.

“As survivors and refugees are stuck at home during the lockdown, they may understandably think that the community may have forgotten about Yom HaShoah this year,” said Yom HaShoak UK chair Neil Martin.

“That is why we’re asking children to show them we will never forget and always remember, by recording their vocals to ‘Never Again’ and sending them to us, so we can piece it all together and beam it direct to the homes of survivors and refugees and thousands of others as we remember together as one.”

Parents are asked to film their children singing along to the three-minute backing track (which can be downloaded from the Yom HaShoak UK website) while wearing headphones to help the editing process, with submissions needed by 13 April.

www.yomhashoah.org.uk/music

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