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British Soprano to headline concert for Jubilee celebrations

A British classical singer has been chosen to headline a spectacular free concert in one of Rome’s most historic sites, to mark the pope’s Jubilee of Mercy celebrations.

Nottingham-born Carly Paoli whose debut single Ave Maria has been chosen as the official song of the pope’s 2016 Jubilee celebrations will lead the line‐up for Music for Mercy, a ground‐breaking live event held in the grounds of Rome’s Forum on 26th July.

It is the first time permission has been granted for an event at the historic site, which is seen as the heart of the ancient city and is now home to some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries.

Miss Paoli, 27, will be joined by global talents including celebrated Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, 16‐times Grammy Award winner David Foster and British performer Elaine Paige at the concert, which is being hosted for free by Abiah Music.

Other acts include Italian singer Giovanni Caccamo, winner of the San Remo Music Festival in 2015, and Canadian vocal group The Tenors, with others to be announced in due course.

Miss Paoli was joined by Mgr Andreatta, CEO of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP) and Private Secretary to the Pope, to launch the event at The Lateran Palace in Rome.

“I am delighted to announce the Music for Mercy concert and thrilled to be performing on stage at such a unique venue, inside the Forum,” she said. “This event is about sharing the pope’s message of Mercy and I hope we can spread that message to as many people as possible with this fantastic event.”

Miss Paoli, who was born in the UK to an Italian family and is bi-lingual, also unveiled her new single, A Time For Mercy, which will be released on 24th June.

The song, a follow-up to her debut single, Ave Maria, which topped the iTunes Classical chart when it was released last month, has been produced specially for the Music for Mercy concert in Rome and will be dedicated to the Jubilee celebrations.

Written by lyricist Grant Black – son of Oscar‐winner Don Black – and composer Romano Musumarra – the song is inspired by the title of Pope Francis’ book, The Name of God is Mercy.

The Music for Mercy concert will be the pinnacle of a series of events happening throughout the Year of Mercy to mark the Papal Jubilee, which was launched by Pope Francis in December 2015.

Jubilee Years have been part of the Catholic Church’s history since the 14th century and are traditionally held every 25 years as a chance for the faithful to be forgiven for their sins.

The last jubilee was held in 2000. In addition, the pope can call an Extraordinary Jubilee, at a shorter interval, to promote a global message of hope and redemption.

A Time for Mercy is available to download from iTunes now at: https://itunes.apple.com/album/a-time-for-mercysingle/id1125389236?at=1l3voFY&app=itunes

Picture: Left to right: Giovanni Caccamo, Grant Black, Carly Paoli and Romano Musummara.