Many feel that music makes us human. This is what Hope and Homes for Children’s End The Silence campaign is all about.
There are are an estimated eight million kids in orphanages. But in many cases, when a baby in an orphanage cries, nobody comforts them. They learn not to cry, or make a noise. Nor do they have music to soothe them. In this silent existence, they internalise their pain, which causes lifelong mental and physical damage. As adults, children who grew up in orphanages are 10 times more likely to be involved in prostitution, 40 times more likely to get criminal records and 500 times more likely to commit suicide than children who have grown up in families.
Hope and Homes for Children aims to create the world’s largest online musical memory collection, and raise £1.5 million by Christmas, allowing them to transform the lives of 120,000 youngsters across Rwanda and Uganda who are confined to orphanages. Some household names are helping launch the campaign by revealing their own most precious musical memories.
Elton selected Doris Day’s The Deadwood Stage, from the musical Calamity Jane.
He explained, “I had to have a tooth out at my local dentists and in those days it was either they pulled it out or you had gas so the only way I was going to do it is if my mum bought that record for me after.”
Ed Sheeran remembers whiling away long family car journeys listening to Van Morrison singing Carrickfergus while Mark Ronson’s memories include bouncing up and down to Grandmaster Flash on his parents’ bed.
Members of the public are invited to share their memories as well, along with a donation.