A host of artists will perform at a charity concert in London to mark World Sight Day and raise money for Sightsavers.
Audience members will be invited to wear sight-loss simulators during the Sound for Sight concert, which will be held at St Paul’s Church (also known as the Actor’s Church) in London’s Covent Garden on 11 October.
The line-up includes Dave Swift (Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra), Charlotte Kelly (Soul II Soul) and Denise Leigh (winner of Channel 4 show ‘Operatunity’ and headliner at the London 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony).
Soul II Soul singer Charlotte Kelly was born blind, with no sight at all in her left eye and virtually none in her right. “I am delighted to perform at Sound for Sight,” she said. “Being blind from birth, I know that sound is one of the most important tools we possess. Treatment for blindness is a blessing for the growth of the human experience.”
The show is curated by Sound for Sight founder Laura Westcott alongside Mo Pleasure, the former music director of Earth, Wind & Fire, and will be produced by Talentbanq.
Sightsavers Director of Major Giving Mike Straney said: “Sightsavers is thrilled to be part of this spectacular and unique event. The money raised from the event will help us to continue protecting and saving the sight of people in some of the world’s poorest countries, and fighting for equality for people with disabilities.”
The evening’s full line-up includes:
- Charlotte Kelly (Soul II Soul)
- Mo Pleasure (Earth, Wind & Fire)
- Dave Swift (Jools Holland)
- Denise Leigh (headliner of 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony)
- Joe Slater (Rock ’n’ Roller)
- Professor Dan Reinstein (eye surgeon and saxophonist)