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24-Hour Concert Featuring Female & Non-Binary Composers Attempts Guinness World Record

The Donne Foundation will live-stream its "Let HER MUSIC Play" concert as a fundraising event for the foundation's diversity initiatives


The UK's Donne Foundation, which is dedicated to achieving gender equality in music, will host a 24-hour concert featuring music by female and non-binary composers — while attempting to break a Guinness World Record in the process.

Titled "Let HER MUSIC Play,"  the event will commence at 12 PM on February 22, and conclude at 2 PM on February 23. Held at Sala Brasil in the Brazilian Embassy, London, the event seeks to break the record for the "Longest Acoustic Music Live-Streamed Concert," and will be live-streamed on YouTube for those outside of London.

The program will span multiple genres, placing classical music alongside jazz, folk, pop, and more.

The lineup includes singer/songwriter Tony Moore (original member of Iron Maiden and keyboard player with iconic 80's band Cutting Crew), mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, baritone Roderick Williams OBE, sopranos Carolyn Sampson OBE, Gabriella Di Laccio, Helen Lacey, singer-songwriters Sophie Frear and CN Lester, pianists Lana Bode, Clelia Iruzum, Yupeng He, Stella Lorenz, Maria Garzon, Késia Decoté and Ian Tindale, film composer Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres, composer and pianist Kristina Arakelyan, tenors Tim Parker-Langston, Thomas Elwin and Daniel Norman, genre-defying string quartet Vulva Voce, guitarist James Akers, and cellist Hadewich van Gent.

As part of the concert, the Donne Foundation is launching their £1 FOR EQUALITY CAMPAIGN — with every donation going towards the foundation's various diversity initiatives.

You can watch the livestream here, and donate to the £1 FOR EQUALITY CAMPAIGN here.

"As a woman in music and an artist myself, I am fully committed to fundamentally transforming the music industry, ensuring my role actively contributes to meaningful change," said Gabriella Di Laccio, soprano and the founder of Donne. "This event is my way of trying to connect people around the world to join me on this cause."

"Your presence and support can magnify our message of equality and inclusion, inspiring fans and communities globally," she added.

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