Step Up for Hunger if You Are Coming to London This May 26 Through 28 at World Hunger Day Unplugged in Support of The Hunger Project

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World Hunger Day 2013 goes unplugged for the first time in a series of up close and personal live music sessions dedicated to Jazz, Soul, RnB and Gospel music in the heart of London’s Soho.

World Hunger Day Unplugged 2013

After The Hunger Project UK’s successes of two sell-out concerts at the Apollo Victoria and the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 and 2012 respectively, this year’s World Hunger Day events move to an equally iconic venue - PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho, which was redesigned in April and now features artwork celebrating its jazz roots. Since 1969, PizzaExpress Jazz Club has welcomed on its stage some of the world’s greatest musicians including Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Winehouse.

This year, World Hunger Day 2013 falls on 28th May 2013 and will be celebrated throughout the extended May Bank Holiday weekend with six exciting shows (26th and 28th May 2013 inclusive). The entire weekend will be hosted by Award-winning Broadcaster, Journalist, Singer and Actress, Jumoké Fashola.

According to Joe McElderry, who will be headlining two sessions at PizzaExpress on World Hunger Day 2013, 28th May, itself:-

“I was brought into the fold of The Hunger Project UK last year when I performed on stage at the Royal Albert Hall with the legendary Dionne Warwick, where we performed the world première of ‘One World One Song’. This track will be launched globally as a digital Single on 27th May and I am really excited to be dedicating my shows to ‘One World One Song’ and fundraising for The Hunger Project UK.”

Tim Holder, Country Director for The Hunger Project UK, added:-

“After the incredible sell-out success of World Hunger Day 2012 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, it felt right to continue our journey by exploring complementary venues and musical genres. This initiative is all about reaching new and existing audiences in exciting and surprising ways - with the single aim of encouraging even more people to step up and support the work of The Hunger Project UK and its work to bring a sustainable end to Hunger and Poverty.”

Joe continued:-

“I have been overwhelmed by the charity’s ‘make-it-happen’ attitude to ending Hunger and the unique way in which they offer practical partnerships. The Hunger Project UK seeks to inspire those suffering from Chronic Persistent Hunger to take action and believe in their own ability to create sustainable futures for themselves and the communities in which they live. As Dionne says herself, 'If you can think it, you can do it!' added Joe.

Tim concluded:-
“Once again, we thank all our headliners and special guests for donating their time and talent to the vital work of ending Hunger and Poverty.”

Andrew Roachford said:-

"With Jazz in the very heart and soul of my musical craft, I can’t think of a better time and place to showcase the journey of my 25 year career and what better cause than to step up myself for the end of Hunger and Poverty. I am sure all my fellow artists for this special concert season are as happy as I am to donate our collective talents in order that others have the opportunity to build a brighter future for themselves. This effort is all about partnership and success can be achieved and in our lifetime. As I’ve sung so many times, ‘Get ready…get ready for the dawning…'"

Mari Wilson also commented:-

“I am so pleased to have been invited to join the World Hunger Day Unplugged line-up. I find the ethos of The Hunger Project UK very much in line with my own beliefs about how to end Hunger and Poverty. I am really looking forward to performing with so many friends past and present and encouraging the audience to join with us all in ending Hunger. If not now, when?”

London Community Gospel Choir added:-

“We are all so proud to have been part of The Hunger Project UK’s journey from 2011 to date – and what a journey it has been. Our passion for the Music and the Cause are second-to-none. We encourage all our supporters and partner Faith Groups to foster permanent change for those suffering with Chronic Persistent Hunger. Get the nation-a-singing to the beat of ‘One World One Song.'"

World Hunger Day Unplugged Concert Details are as Follows:-

26th May 2013 (12:30) – Sunday Gospel Brunch with London Community Gospel Choir & Friends – Hosted by Jumoké Fashola

On 26th May 2013, the World Hunger Day Unplugged season, in aid of The Hunger Project, kicks off with a roof raising, spirit lifting Gospel Brunch in the company of the spectacular voices of the London Community Gospel Choir - celebrating 30 years as the pre-eminent figures of UK Gospel Music. Expect to be inspired by their funky gospel flair, swing-beat, RnB, traditional and soulful arrangements, with invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics.

26th May 2013 (19:30) - Jumoké Fashola & Friends – with Special Guests Barb Jungr, Randolph Matthews, Anthony Strong, Simon Wallace, Tammy Weis & Mari Wilson

Formidably versatile vocalist and long-time World Hunger Day supporter Jumoké Fashola is joined by an ALL-STAR line-up for this stunning Jazz Celebration in aid if The Hunger Project.

Guests include legendary vocalists Barb Jungr and Mari Wilson, sensational singer/pianists Anthony Strong, the amazing Canadian jazz singer/songwriter Tammy Weis, Simon Wallace and the incredible tones of Randolph Matthews.

27th May 2013 (18:30 and 21:30) - Andrew Roachford & Friends – With Special Guest Omar – Hosted by Jumoké Fashola

With a career spanning over two decades, a string of hit singles, platinum and gold albums and song writing and touring collaborations with, among others, ‘Mike and The Mechanics’, singer-songwriter Andrew Roachford is undeniably a prolific and unique talent. His rare ability to put into words ‘feelings you didn’t even know you had’, has become his trademark. Growing up in a ‘vibrant melting pot’ culture in London, his influences are as diverse as his family’s own jazz roots: the soul of Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Jimi Hendrix … through to reggae, punk and rock. But when all has been said and done, whatever the flavour of his music, Andrew is at his absolute best ‘taking the daily challenges of life and love and helping the rest of us make sense of it.’ This is Andrew and Omar’s début at PizzaExpress Jazz Club and as artist ‘Friends’ of World Hunger Day.

28th May 2013 (18:30 and 21:30) – World Hunger Day 2013 - Joe McElderry & Friends - Hosted by Jumoké Fashola

In only a very few years, Joe McElderry has become one of Britain’s most popular young vocalists, demonstrating his professional commitment and determination, and the depth and breadth of his talent, by winning both ‘X-Factor’ and ‘From Popstar to Operastar’. His support for The Hunger Project started last year when he joined our cast at the Royal Albert Hall, raising its roof in his own right, as well as duetting with Dionne Warwick in the world première of ‘One World One Song’. Dionne and Joe have recently completed the recording of this song for its single release on May 27th, World Hunger Day 2013. This event mark’s Joe’s PizzaExpress Jazz Club début – ‘up close and personal’ more than ever before. Expect a very different Joe McElderry show, seamlessly blending diverse musical styles.

Additional messages of support for World Hunger Day Unplugged:-

From presenter and broadcaster Jumoké Fashola: “I am passionate about empowering people and that is why I have been a committed supporter of the work of the Hunger Project UK since 2011. Through its ethos, it not only supports people who are living with the daily effects of hunger but it also enables them to be in control of their future and find their own solutions to those challenges with tools & practical support. As an artist, it is a real privilege to be able to use my artistry to raise awareness of the amazing work of The Hunger Project UK.”

From Angie Greaves, Presenter, Magic 105.4: “I send love, light and blessings to everyone involved in The Hunger Project UK’s World Hunger Day Unplugged series of live sessions at PizzaExpress Jazz Club. Please step up Londoners and the Nation as a whole to support this absolutely worthwhile cause.”

From Angela Rippon OBE, Journalist, Broadcaster and Hunger Project UK Patron: “Once again, The Hunger Project UK takes a bold step to broaden its horizons. We are taking our message about the increasingly important and urgent need to end Chronic Persistent Hunger to a whole new audience of concert goers. Those who love Jazz. In only three years we’ve seen artists from the world of popular music, opera and musical theatre get involved. As well as stunningly successful collaborations with both The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet. I am delighted to have been a part of this journey and am now looking forward enormously to enjoying some Jazz as one of the audience.”

From five times Grammy Award-winning, Dionne Warwick: “I can’t believe it’s three years since I launched World Hunger Day with Tim Holder and The Hunger Project UK – and what an incredible journey it’s been, with over 10,000 people having already attended the live music and dance events we prepared. Although I can’t be there in person this year, I have made my contribution to World Hunger Day 2013 by joining Joe McElderry in recording ‘One World One Song’, a brand new anthem written by my co-creator of World Hunger Day, Tim Holder, legendary songwriter Tony Hatch and THP UK Patron, Rod Natkiel".

For tickets please contact jazz(at)pizzaexpress(dot)com or call 0845 602 7017 but hurry for hunger! One World One Song – Sung At Each Unplugged Concert

The single ‘One World One Song’, featuring Dionne Warwick, Joe McElderry & Friends, is available for global pre-order from the 17th May 2013, as a digital track. An instrumental/karaoke version will also be available to buy/download, ‘You Sing’, as well as the single itself for both communities and individuals alike. The Hunger Project UK is encouraging everyone to sing and share the meaning of ‘One World One Song’. Over the coming days all social media channels will be live in relation to the single so that you can share and celebrate ‘One World One Song’ via youtube, Twitter, Facebook etc.

For more information about ‘One World One Song’, World Hunger Day Unplugged and the launch of the charity single please visit

Follow us @WorldHungerDay on Twitter and @WorldHungerDay

Like our Facebook page TheHungerProjectUK

Text LOVE 28 £3/£5 or £10 to 70070 to create opportunities for everyone to end their own hunger and poverty. The Hunger Project registered charity number 326688.

-Artists and lineup are subject to the change at the discretion of the organisers.

**Media photo calls on each day will be announced in due course. Reviewer tickets will not be available for media due to limited seating.**


For photos/interviews please contact Miranda Leslau miranda(at)mirandaleslau(dot)com or on 07912 644993.

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