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Credit: Ashton Attzs 2021

Brand-new artwork by Ashton Attzs has today been revealed by B:Music, launching a call-out for choirs to take part in Community Spirit 2022. The annual project run in partnership with our Associate Artists, Black Voices, offers local community choirs the opportunity to share repertoire and perform as a collective in a large-scale concert in Symphony Hall.

The 23-year-old UK based painter and illustrator creates colourful, bold and joyful artworks celebrating moments of everyday life and what makes us who we are. Ashton’s art covers a range of topics from LGBTQ+ advocacy, visibility, unity, positivity, music and mental health.

Ashton won The Evening Standard Art Prize in 2018 for their painting of transgender swimmers: “Don’t Stay In Ya Lane”. In 2020, Ashton collaborated with Universal Music for the BRIT Awards; creating an exclusive collection of illustrations for the design of the after party invitations, special-edition prints gifted to Universal Music’s nominees and the immersive installation and designs featuring at the event. Ashton is also known for their Community Hearts and Dalmation pride stickers that they created for Instagram in 2020 and are used by people all around the world.

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I wanted to create a piece of artwork which celebrates different groups of people coming together who share their love of music. Conveying the unity and camaraderie between different choirs and the power of song, I felt vibrant colours were a natural choice to create an uplifting vibe!

Ashton Attzs

Community Spirit 2022 will bring choirs from across the region together with the shared purpose of celebrating the power of singing. The project culminates with a large-scale concert at Symphony Hall, a B:Music venue on Sunday 10 July 2022.

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Through lockdown, we understood how important it was to move Community Spirit online and ensure that our collective of choral singers weren't isolated from the community we've spent the last 10 years creating. Together with Black Voices, we're so excited to see that community come back together in person and are delighted to invite even more choirs to join us. Hearing hundreds of voices harmonise in our hall next year will be a magical moment.

Nick Reed, Chief Executive of B:Music

Are you part of a Community choir in or around Birmingham?

Do you want to perform in the world-renowned Symphony Hall, a B:Music venue?

Would you like to be one of the first people to sing a brand-new commissioned anthem for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games?

Whether you and your choir sing classical, pop, rock, gospel, folk, reggae or barbershop, you’re invited to bring your voices together for this shared experience.

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