Perform Ring the Bells to end homelessness
Ring the Bells was commissioned by the London Philharmonic Choir and premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017. The score is now available from publisher Boosey & Hawkes and the composer is donating his royalties to Crisis so every performance will contribute towards the charity’s plan to end homelessness.
We are inviting choirs around the UK to perform Ring the Bells and support Crisis’s campaign. Join the choral force behind the fight to end homelessness by adding Ring the Bells to your Christmas repertoire list.
Frequently Asked Questions
My choir would like to perform Ring the Bells, where can we buy scores?
Scores are available to purchase directly from the publisher, Boosey & Hawkes.
Can we listen to a sample of the carol before we buy the music?
Yes, a demo recording is temporarily available on Paul Fincham’s SoundCloud channel. A new recording by the London Philharmonic Choir will be released in December 2019. All proceeds from the sale of our recording will be donated to Crisis.
My choir has programmed Ring the Bells in our Christmas concert, how do we pay our royalties to Crisis?
Royalty fees are paid to PRS for Music and PRS for Music will then pass payments onto the composer or other beneficiaries. You can pay PRS for Music in one of three ways:
- Through your venue: venues will often have a licence with PRS for Music for live performances, and will arrange the royalty payments to PRS for Music for performances at their venue on your behalf.
- Through your annual Making Music membership renewal: Making Music holds an umbrella licence which covers performances by their member groups in unlicensed venues.
- Directly to PRS for Music: you can pay them directly – this may apply to Making Music members who are festivals.
As well as performing Ring the Bells, are there other ways we can fundraise for Crisis?
Yes, we’re encouraging choirs performing Ring the Bells to have retiring collections at their services and concerts in aid of Crisis. Crisis’s website provides information about how to make donations. There are also several non-musical campaigns managed by Crisis. Details are available on their website.
There’s no Crisis Skylight centre near where I live, can my choir fundraise for a different homeless charity?
Yes, we’re conscious that choirs without a Crisis Skylight centre nearby might want to support other homeless charities or shelters in their communities. Any support towards ending homelessness is of value to this project.
We’re a church choir and our church supports a local Winter Night Shelter, can we fundraise for them instead?
Yes, if you have an existing relationship with a local Winter Night Shelter, participation in this project by performing Ring the Bells should complement not devalue that relationship. Any support towards ending homelessness is of value to this project.
Why is the London Philharmonic Choir supporting Crisis‘s campaign?
The Choir is associated with Crisis via the shared patronage of HRH Princess Alexandra and the music workshops that the London Philharmonic Orchestra does with Crisis members each year. The Choir and the carol’s composer, Paul Fincham, were keen to collaborate on a fundraising project that would benefit a charity supporting those living with homelessness so are delighted that the Ring the Bells project has brought all these related organisations together.
Is there a programme note available that we can use for our performance?
Yes, please feel free to use the following text:
Ring the Bells
Paul Fincham (1959–)
Ring the Bells was commissioned by the London Philharmonic Choir and its first concert performances were given by the choir at the Raymond Gubbay Classic Carols concerts at the Royal Albert Hall on 20 December 2017. The carol was then published by Boosey & Hawkes and was included in the Crisis carol service at Southwark Cathedral in 2018, having been formally adopted by Crisis in support of their plan to end homelessness. The carol has an original text with lively outer sections, a more contemplative middle section based around a chorale theme, and a cheeky bow to The Holly and the Ivy. A recording of Ring the Bells by the London Philharmonic Choir is available for download from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s label (https://www.lpo.org.uk/recordings). All royalties from that recording and from sales of the sheet music have been pledged to Crisis. [This evening, there will be a retiring collection in aid of Crisis/your local homeless charity.]
Do I need to let the London Philharmonic Choir know if my choir is performing Ring the Bells?
We’d love to hear from choirs who’ve decided to programme Ring the Bells. If you’d like to email us, please contact our Chairman, Tessa Bartley, on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also remember to share any photos and video clips of your choir relating to Ring the Bells on social media and use the hashtags #EndHomelessness and #RingTheBells.