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Marcus Mumford, Hozier, Anna Calvi to perform at earthquake relief fundraiser

Dermot Kennedy, Nilüfer Yanya and James Bay will also be performing at the charity concert in London next month to raise funds for Turkey and Syria earthquake relief

By Hollie Geraghty

Marcus Mumford, Hozier, Anna Calvi
Marcus Mumford, Hozier, Anna Calvi (Picture: Alamy, YouTube, Wikimedia Creative Commons).

Marcus Mumford, Hozier and Anna Calvi will perform at a charity fundraiser in London next month to raise funds for Turkey and Syria earthquake relief.

The charity event will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, April 15 – with proceeds going to War Child and the Turkey Mozaik Foundation – where Dermot KennedyNilüfer Yanya and James Bay will also perform as part of the musical line-up.

Olivia Colman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and comedian Omid Djalili will all make guest appearances, while broadcaster and musician Jumoké Fashola and Turkish actor Halit Ergenç will be on hosting duties.

A Turkey and Syria Fundraiser concert poster
Marcus Mumford, Anna Calvi, Hozier and more will perform at the Turkey and Syria charity fundraiser next month (Picture: Press).

“Why would I NOT take part?” Olivia Colman said of her involvement in a statement. “If it was my family, people I knew and loved, I would hope people would do what they could to help me. I don’t know how anyone could read about another human’s suffering and not want to do something.”

Marcus Mumford added: “I’ve been a Global Ambassador for War Child UK since 2014 and in that time I’ve been privileged to see their vital work in Central African Republic, Iraq, Gaza and Jordan.

“But now, more than ever, they need our support to help provide safety, education and psycho-social support for children in conflict zones and I’m deeply honoured to be standing alongside these brilliant artists to amplify their incredible work.”

Organised by Communion Music and Sounds of Solidarity, the event will also feature an exclusive performance by the Solidarity Ensemble, formed of Turkish, Kurdish and Alevi musicians from Turkey and Syria.

“Quite simply, when disasters happen, fundraising is the least we can do. I’m honoured to be asked to participate,” Omid Djalili said.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 17 at 10 am GMT from the Royal Albert Hall website or via Communion Music, priced at £45. Proceeds from the show will go to War Child and the Turkey Mozaik Foundation’s response to the Turkey and Syria earthquakes.