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    Celebration of Life 2016: Stars of Liverpool's music scene unite for Charity Concert

    Tommy Scott of Space who will be one of the performers at the Charity Concert

    Established and up-and-coming Liverpool musicians are uniting for the Celebration of Life 2016.

     

    In support of Sahir House, Liverpool’s dedicated HIV Charity, the concert seeks to help people overcome the stigma surrounding HIV, as musician and event organiser Thomas Lang explains:

     

    “This is more than just a concert. As the name indicates, this is a celebration of life, an affirmation of everything people are and everything they can achieve, despite what stands in their way”

     

    “We need to remind people that HIV has not gone away. In 2015, there were approximately 133,000 people in the UK living with HIV. One in four of those are undiagnosed. It is important to know your HIV status and for that to happen, we need to overcome the stigma. This night is a big step in that direction”.

     

     

    Curated by Thomas and fellow musician Jennifer John, who are both patrons of Sahir House, the concert will generate vital support for the charity. Samir House provide support for people with HIV, creating a safe, community space.

     

    Serena Cavanagh, Health Awareness lead at Sahir House said: 

    “In the 32 years that Sahir House has been running in Liverpool, support and treatments available to those living with HIV have improved dramatically. Unfortunately, however, the attitude towards it remains largely the same”

     

    Reflecting on the Celebration of Life concert, Serena added:

     

    “The Celebration of Life concert is a wonderful way of remembering everything worth living for, an a reminder to take the necessary steps to ensure that we can keep on living. It’s also a heartfelt ode to those who have passed away, and a celebration of the long-lasting legacies they left behind”

     

    The line-up of musicians includes Paul Hemmings from The LA’s and the Lightning Seeds, Mersey Wylie, Connie Lush and the Sense of Sound Singers.

     

     

    They will be joined by up and coming musicians including LIPA singer-songwriter Satin Beige and Martin Smith from Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band.

     

    The line-up is completed by the headline act Tommy Scott, the lead singer of Space, with his bandmate Phil Hartley on bass.

    Celebration of Life 2016 will take place as part of Homotopia Festival, a local and international LGBT arts festival. The evening will feature poetry, music and performance, and will be hosted by poet, director, actor and author Gerry Potter.

     

     

    Celebration of life 2016 will be held on Thursday 3rd November, 7.30pm at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

    By Sarah O' Hara

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