TURN UP! charity concert to feature Black voices from the West End, Broadway and beyond

TURN UP! concert line up and tickets

Black voices from across the West End, Broadway, and beyond will star in an online concert.

TURN UP! will be filmed at Cadogan Hall and stream online between July 10-12 with tickets available here.

It will seek to raise funds and awareness for four charities – The Bail Project, The Okra Project, The Black Curriculum and UK Black Pride – in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Helmed by Nicole Raquel Dennis and Ryan Carter, Turn Up will see performances with a live band at Cadogan Hall together with at home performances and voice overs from the USA and UK.

As well as musical performances there will be readings, poetry and speeches from prominent figures in the Black community.

Confirmed to appear are Kelly Agbowu, Melanie La Barrie, Jeannette Bayardelle, Ryan Carter, Marcus Collins, Chloë Davies, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Alexandra Grey, Cameron Bernard Jones, Claudia Kariuku, Natalie Kassanga, Alexia Khadime, Vula Malinga, Sandra Marvin, Cedric Neal, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Jay Perry, Sharon Rose, Jordan Shaw, Danielle Steers, Vinegar Strokes, Obioma Ugoala and Layton Williams.

They’ll be joined by Sharon D Clarke, Noma Dumezweni, Clive Rowe, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Johnnie Fiore, Brenda Edwards, Zaris-Angel Hator, Rachel Adedeji, Aisha Jawando, Norm Lewis, Brittney Johnson, Brandi Chavonne Massey, and Joe Aaron Reid.

Produced by Club 11 London, TURN UP! will be pre-recorded LIVE in at Cadogan Hall and broadcast online nightly between Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12.

For more information and for tickets, visit club11.london/turn.

Nicole Raquel Dennis said: “TURN UP! is something that we’ve needed in London for a long time. Black voices need to be heard and celebrated now and forever. Hopefully this will be the start of many more celebrations to come.”

Ryan Carter added: “We’ve seen a much-needed sense of change sweeping across our industry in recent weeks, and with that comes a wave of excitement that real change is coming. We’re taking ownership of how our voices are used, and most importantly, who they are used for.

“This is an event with Black people leading the creative direction and production of the show. The age of Black performers only being invited for their vocal riff or niche casting is over, and I for one couldn’t be more excited about it!”

Club 11 London said: “We are working to guidelines to create a safe way for performers, musicians and crew to attend Cadogan Hall and perform their chosen songs on stage with an empty auditorium.

“Cadogan Hall and Club 11 London are fully aware of our commitments to keep all cast and crew safe and socially distanced, and are proud to come together to support the Black Lives Matter movement and these four vitally important charities.”

About the author: Rachel Wise

UK based freelancer journalist Rachel contributes regularly to Stageberry with features and interviews from the hottest new shows and stage stars.


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