Aberdeen charity single Stronger For The Storm receives backing from Judi Dench and Burt Bacharach

An Aberdeen-born campaign to “bring the world together in song” has received backing from hundreds across the globe – including actress Dame Judi Dench

The Oscar, Olivier and Bafta winner has announced her support for the iSing4Peace project, which is raising money for four causes.

Spearheaded by north-east singer Fiona Kennedy, scores of people have added their voices to a special recording of Stronger For The Storm.

The piece was created by Aberdeen University composition professor Paul Mealor, lyricist Grahame Davies and Kennedy, and also features The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, an 82-year-old services veteran, an NHS doctor and a sign-language choir.

It has now been released as a charity single, in aid of the The British Red Cross, The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL), VSA and the university’s development trust.

Dame Judi, whose extensive catalogue of work includes James Bond, Cabaret and Shakespeare In Love, has recorded a message of support for the project.

“During these really challenging months we’ve all needed some kind of lift to our lives,” she said.

“And music and the arts can do that.

“It’s in a limited form at the moment – but it can do it.

“And so, in order to help us all, let’s try and make a difference.”


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