JAZZFM partners with United Nations

102.2 JAZZFM is partnering the United Nations refugee agency to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the people of Darfur, Sudan by staging the biggest fundraising concert ever undertaken by the UN.

Internationally acclaimed musicians are set to perform together as never before at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 8th December and 102.2 JAZZFM will broadcast the three hour extravaganza of music from Cole Porter live.

102.2 JAZZFM presenter Kevin Greening will co-host the event which will see a diverse bill of internationally acclaimed artists including singer-songwriter David Gray, West End stage actress Ruthie Henshall, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde, Alison Moyet, Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknell, disco diva Jocelyn Brown, The Brand New Heavies and opera soprano Barbara Hendricks performing Cole Porter?s legendary music. The artists will be supported by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. All artists are performing for free.

?The concert is as much about changing perceptions as it is about raising money,? said Kevin Greening. ?Hence the challenge to artists to sing music that is different for them and us.?

It is hoped the event will raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to help provide increased security presence to protect the 1.8 million desperate people in strife-torn Darfur, Sudan ? a situation that has been described as the world?s worst current humanitarian crisis.

This is the first live concert that has ever been broadcast on 102.2 JAZZFM.

Programme Director Mark Walker said: ?This will be a wonderful event and will give people the opportunity to see some of today?s biggest musical stars singing the classic jazz greats. Those that buy tickets or tune into the station next Wednesday and then make a donation will be promised a truly memorable night and will have helped to ease the dire situation in Darfur a little.?

There are just 5000 tickets available for this unforgettable event scheduled to start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th December and tickets start at ?17.50 and can be purchased by visiting the Royal Albert Hall Box Office at www.royalalberthall.com or calling 020 7589 8212.

For further information or the Darfur crisis and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees go to www.unhcr.ch/darfur

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