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A song for London, told by Brent

Brent 2020 have commissioned a new anthem for London, told by Brent, celebrating the diverse, united community of the borough and the city. The anthem will be performed at live events across the borough throughout 2020, including a special performance at the SSE Arena, Wembley in July 2020.

Brent-born singer-songwriter Rahel Debebe–Dessalegne (Hejira) has collaborated with Young People’s Laureate for London, Momtaza Mehri, to compose the anthem, working with hundreds of young people in schools and youth centres across the borough to develop lyrics which tell Brent’s story.

An orchestral recording of the anthem will be produced by Brent Music Service and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring the voices of 4,000 local schoolchildren.

With thanks to the members of the Anthem Engagement Board who are guiding the project:

Andrea Queens – Community Advisor
Anton Peris – Community Advisor
Boaz Adelekan – Brent Blueprint Collective
Brent Music Service
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Zaib Ahmed – Brent Blueprint Collective