On Tuesday 19th December at 5pm, leading members of the choir formed by MOBO and NHS Blood and Transplant, will delight visitors of St Pancras with an exciting repertoire of their new single Rise Up and some Christmas classics such as Joy to the World, Silent Night and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Fresh from providing an exceptional television debut at MOBO Awards 2017 in which they shared the stage with the electric British Got Talent Winner Tokio Myers, the B Positive Choir, who released their first single ‘Rise Up‘ this week – their rendition of the hugely inspiring Andra Day original – which they will be performing on 19th December with lead vocals by the MOBO winning Gospel Sensation, Lurine Cato. The song aims to encourage more people to “Rise Up” and be counted as blood donors.
The singers have come from all over England, hot on the heels of their performance at the MOBO Awards, to perform in front of the iconic St Pancras International station’s spectacular 47ft floral Christmas tree.
Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director, HS1 Ltd (owners of St Pancras International) comments, “We’re well known for playing host to celebrated artists and are thrilled to be raising awareness for an important cause by inviting the “B Positive” choir to sing in front of our spectacular Christmas tree. Throughout December, we’ll be inviting community choirs to serenade visitors while they shop.”
The MOBO Awards were established in 1996 by Kanya King MBE to motivate, elevate and celebrate the outstanding achievements of artists in under-served musical genres, from soul, RnB and reggae to hip hop, grime, gospel and afrobeats. Now in its 22nd year, MOBO is a pioneer in its field and not just an event, but a movement. A drive to deliver social and cultural change is embedded in the organisation’s DNA.
The “B Positive” campaign, so named after a blood type that is more common in the Black population, aims to drive registrations of much needed, lifesaving new blood donors. The choir is comprised of individuals who either live with sickle cell or are the families and friends of those who are affected by the disease, and particularly targets 17-35 year olds and those from Black communities who are more likely to have genetic blood conditions.
MOBO Founder and CEO, Kanya King MBE said: “We are proud to perform at such an iconic destination to harness the power of music to share our message: Give blood, save lives. We hope that this performance will help us reach the heart and minds of the station’s visitors and drive awareness for this vital campaign.”
What: “B Positive” MOBO choir | Where: Christmas tree, St Pancras Intl. | When: 5pm, 19th Dec. | Cost: FREE
Download the app by searching ‘NHS Give Blood’ or visit www.blood.co.uk to book an appointment to give blood.