The New Year is approaching and it is only 9 days until the first World Hunger Day!

The Hunger Project has created this day to provide an annual focus on the almost one billion people (a sixth of the world’s population) that exist on less than a US$1.25 a day, together with the 20,000 people who die every day in hunger and poverty. It’s also about stimulating support and fundraising for the many millions of people in Africa, South Asia and Latin America whose courage, determination and positive actions are bringing about a sustainable end to their own hunger and poverty.

On 9 January 2011 in support of World Hunger Day – Empowering People. Ending Hunger – The Hunger Project will hold a Gala Concert and a Briefing session which will include panel of experts sharing their direct experience of mobilising communities at the grassroots level to end their own hunger and meet their basic needs.

If you haven’t got your ticket to the World Hunger Day Gala Concert as yet, don’t ‘Walk On By’ what is going to be an extraordinary evening…  here are some teasers to get you all in a last minute BOOKING frenzy.

World Hunger DayThere is absolutely nothing run of the mill about this gala. There are many people (about 100 of them) well known enough to be extraordinarily talented in their own right, all coming together for one amazing cause. This is the very first World Hunger Day and so we wanted to fill the evening with EXTRAORDINARY firsts…the great news is WE HAVE!!!!

Where to begin?

THE DUETS: All for the first time ever on the UK Stage

Dionne Warwick is singing a duet with the sensational Mica Paris from her first ever hit record, the Bacharach & David classic ‘Don’t Make Me Over’.

Dionne is singing a duet for the first time live ANYWHERE with The First Lady of Musical Theatre, Elaine Paige on ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’.

Dionne and Natalie Cole, with no fewer than 16 Grammy Awards between them, are singing together on another Grammy Award Winning Song – ‘Déjà Vu’ for the first time ever.

And then of course there are the HITS:

Never before will this amazing variety of HIT songs have been sung in one night….

World Hunger Day Xmas Concert AdvertMemory, Heartbreaker, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, That’s What Friends Are For, I’ll Never Love This Way Again, Deja Vu to name but a few and then there are all the Bacharach and David  ‘classic’ songs which first made Dionne Warwick a legend in popular music, Walk On By, I Say A Little Prayer, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, A House Is Not A Home, Alfie, Close To You, Anyone Who Had a Heart…the list goes on.

Two major artists from the world of Opera and BalletSimon Keenlyside singing a great song from a Musical? For the first time on World Hunger Day that’s exactly what is going to happen. Simon will be singing a very moving song from Carousel. Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae will be showing off his electric talent as a tapper, dancing for the very first time with a live Orchestra on Sing Sing Sing, a Benny Goodman classic and a tribute to one of the world’s greatest ever tap dancers – the late, great Gregory Hines.

Add to this an amazing full orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia and the stunning voices of London Community Gospel Choir; Wicked’s Witches, Rachel Tucker & Louise Dearman; Jumoké Fashola & David Elliott

It’s gonna be a great night for sure!!!  Extraordinary in fact!! Don’t ‘Walk on By’  BOOK NOW…

As part of  World Hunger Day – Empowering People. Ending Hunger – the concert will raise awareness and funds for The Hunger Project’s programmes in 13 countries and provide a place for all those who support the day to gather. Tickets from the concert  are priced between £42-£152. | Can’t make the Gala? Give Now | Support World Hunger Day

Watch the World Hunger Day video on YouTube, featuring Tim Holder, Dionne Warwick & Åsa Skogström Feldt.