Ukrainian refugees will be welcomed to Evesham with music.

Worcestershire singers Vocal High will join forces with the Evesham Vale Welcomes Refugees community group to put on the special concert at All Saints Church this Friday.

It is hoped that the show will bring together residents, refugees and all those who have supported them.

David Haslam, of Evesham Vale Welcomes Refugees, said: “It has been a great privilege getting to know some of the refugees who have arrived here over the last three years, to learn what they have come through and to see Evesham becoming a welcoming multicultural community.

“Refugees always contribute positively in cultural and economic terms to the places they settle, and we can see the same happening here.”

Evesham Journal: Chris Long and Rouzbeh Parsa in rehearsalChris Long and Rouzbeh Parsa in rehearsal

Vocal High was formed in 2016 and now has around 40 members.

Directed by Paula Evans and Chris Long, the group put on three sold-out Ukraine fundraiser concerts between March and May of this year.

In total, more than £11,000 was raised for the Red Cross and RefugEase charities.

An audience member at one of the last concerts described it as “poignant, celebratory of the power of music to ignite unity, solidarity and solace in times of the great pain that the Ukrainian people and indeed all refugees from terror throughout the world are suffering at this time”.

The upcoming show will feature an Iranian kamancheh, a traditional Persian violin, played by Rouzbeh Parsa.

The concert begins at 7:30pm and tickets are free, via a donation, and can be booked online at or by calling Vocal High on 0770 995 3475 or Mr Haslam on 07963 254828.