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Mon, 12 Dec


Sheffield City Centre

ASSIST/CityOfSanctuary fundraiser: Sarah Jay Hawley, Teah Lewis, Emma Saville

We are proud to be hosting a charity fundraiser for City Of Sanctuary and ASSIST - both amazing charities which support local asylum seekers and refugees.

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ASSIST/CityOfSanctuary fundraiser: Sarah Jay Hawley, Teah Lewis, Emma Saville
ASSIST/CityOfSanctuary fundraiser: Sarah Jay Hawley, Teah Lewis, Emma Saville

Time & Location

12 Dec 2022, 19:00 – 13 Dec 2022, 23:00

Sheffield City Centre, 12 Fitzalan Square, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2AZ, UK

About the Event

We are proud to be hosting a charity fundraiser for City Of Sanctuary and ASSIST - both amazing charities which support local asylum seekers and refugees. 

Featuring live performances from platinum-award winning artist Sarah Jay Hawley, internationally renowned singer/songwriter Emma Saville and BBC Introducing Artists: Teah Lewis, Alice Ede, Gemma Gray, Sophie Smith & Charlotte Branson.

PLUS performances from the talented Nasa Parka, Jemma Rosenthal, Javier Barrios, Rachael Shomer, Mike Fleming, Nick (all the way from Paris) + special guests.

Huge thanks to all the artists who are generously giving their time for free

FREE entry from 7pm & live music 7:30-11pm

Suggested donation: £5 Concession / £10 Waged

(It's also to celebrate Emma Saville's birthday, so come down, have a drink, and soak up some of South Yorkshire's/Derbyshire/Paris's amazing talent )

About City Of Sanctuary City of Sanctuary Sheffield is an independent charity working in solidarity with people seeking sanctuary in Sheffield. In 2007, with the support of the City Council, Sheffield became the UK’s first City of Sanctuary for asylum-seekers and refugees—a city that takes pride in the welcome it offers to people in need of safety. City Of Sanctuary works hard providing a range of services to make Sheffield a place of welcome and refuge for those seeking sanctuary.

About ASSIST ASSIST Sheffield supports some of the most marginalised people living in Sheffield - people who have been unsuccessful in their applications for asylum and as a result have been made destitute. Many of them have escaped the unimaginable horrors of war, violence and persecution, but simply telling the truth about the conditions they have fled sadly isn't always enough. Without refugee status, people seeking sanctuary are not allowed to work. Once their initial application for asylum has been turned down many are left with no right to housing, benefits or other vital support. They're left homeless, destitute and vulnerable on the streets of our city. ASSIST is an invaluable lifeline for people in Sheffield who've been refused asylum. They offer solidarity, support and hope in the form of accommodation, information and access to essential services. ASSIST is proud to be a local charity, firmly rooted in the Sheffield area. They have a large and generous community of donors, volunteers and fundraisers. A community that shares both outrage and hope; outrage at a failing system which leaves refused asylum seekers destitute, and hope that we can help support positive changes in their lives.

About the artists:

Sarah Jay Hawley Sarah Jay Hawley is a platinum-winning, internationally renowned singer/songwriter with a career spanning thirty years. She is a soulful English art-pop electronica artist with unforgettable haunting vocals. Sarah Jay’s voice and songs have been heard by millions on Massive Attacks’ platinum selling album, Mezzanine. For the last two decades, Sarah Jay has also brought all her passion, expertise and experience of being a professional musician into her role as a vocal/performance coach.

Emma Saville Emma Saville is an evocative British singer/songwriter based between London & Sheffield, UK, with a combined following of over 50k. Her songs have been streamed millions of times in 143 countries & featured multiple times on BBC Radio. Emma’s sultry music is a rich blend of soul, hiphop & R&B, with Latin influences. She's performed across the UK, & in Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Australia & New Zealand. In the past year, Emma and her all-female band have headlined gigs and shared stages with various internationally-renowned artists, such as platinum award-winning singer/songwriter, Sarah Jay Hawley, Poet Laureate, Otis Mensah, Pattern+Push 2022 winner, Sarinity Jones, BBC Introducing artists: April-Ess, Alice Ede, Charlotte Branson & Sophie Smith, & internationally-touring performers such as Franz Von, ProBeatz & Chozen 1ne. Combining emotive lyrics, memorable storytelling & "breathtakingly-beautiful vocals”, Emma creates music that “moves the head, heart & feet”. As well as songs about life, love & loss, some of Emma's music raises awareness of a variety of important socio-political issues such as men's mental health, bereavement, anxiety, refugee issues, Long Covid/Post Viral Fatigue, (helping to prevent) discrimination & more. Emma's multi-tonal voice has been described as “powerful with an impressive range…will give you goosebumps", & compared to Sade, Anita Baker & Freya Riding. Her distinctive voice is still finding new fans. Follow @EmmaSaville on all streaming platforms, @EmmaSavilleMusic on all socials, or visit Contact for press, collaborations or bookings.

Teah Lewis Sheffield based singer-songwriter Teah Lewis plays sunsoaked-soulful originals channeling a sound that harks back to the likes of Vashti Bunyan and Joni Mitchell. Pairing wistful, thought-provoking lyrics with sweet intricate melodies, Teah Lewis matches strong storytelling with beautiful moving vocals to create songs that grab the head and the heart. She has carved an exciting space for herself in the Sheffield live music scene supporting the likes of Chloe Foy and John Craigie. Expect original music of the Folk/Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter/Americana/Indie-Folk/Pop variety: Spotify: 'Magnolia' music video: 'Good Things' music video:

Alice Ede Fresh from Tramlines Library stage 2022, Alice Ede is a 16 year old singer- songwriter from Hillsborough, Sheffield. She began performing live in the summer of 2021, her first ever gig being on the Leadmill stage at tramlines last year. Over the past year, as well as performing at venues throughout South Yorkshire, Alice has released two singles that have been a hit with her audience. Her latest song ‘Five More Streets’ labelled, ‘A perfectly crafted pop-folk song’ by the BBC Introducing Host, Christian Carlisle. Alice is continuing to grow her presence in the music scene with performances at venues such as The Leadmill, Yellow Arch, County Music Bar and West Street Live. Young talent Alice Ede is not one to be missed. Spotify:

Charlotte Branson Charlotte Branson is a soulful English Singer/Songwriter who’s music and lyrics offer her interpretation of heartbreak, insecurities, lust, love and real life experiences. Each song offers an edgy, deep and at times sexy feel. Her influences include artists like Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, Jorja Smith and Aretha Franklin. Charlotte released her first single “Holding On” in August 2019. From then she has continued to release singles that have been regularly played on BBC Introducing. With regular appreciation from BBC Introducing, Charlotte Branson is recognised as an exciting up and coming artist that is set to bring a soulful/sassy edge to the Pop world. Charlotte writes all her own lyrics and likes to use her experiences as inspiration for her songs. Her songs aim to either be relatable, exciting or motivating. Spotify: ‘Burning Desire’ live lounge: 'Enemy' music video:

Sophie Smith Sheffield, UK based singer/songwriter Sophie Smith's "powerful, evocative” original R&B power ballads" have been played multiple times on BBC Introducing, to great acclaim. Sophie has a combined following of over 35k and her music has had over 68k streams on TikTok. As well as writing about her own personal experiences, Sophie also raises awareness for issues such as mental health and wellbeing in her songs. She released an album ‘Bad At Love’ in 2018, and her second album, ‘Over The Years’ in 2020. Sophie's latest EP 'Insanity' will be released this year on all streaming platforms. Sophie's "powerhouse of a voice" has been compared to Beyonce, Ariana Grande & Mariah Carey. She has performed at various venues across South Yorkshire. Sophie also produces well-received covers of popular songs. Frankie Grande [Ariana Grande's brother, 454K YouTube subscribers] exclaimed that Sophie has a "beautiful voice" and that he was "blown away" by her cover. Samantha Harvey [2.31M YouTube subscribers - video?] said Sophie has a "fantastic voice". Furthermore, Sophie has collaborated with several international artists, such as Randolph (1.17million YouTube subscribers/510K followers on Instagram) & Red (207k YouTube subscribers/11.7k Spotify listeners). Additionally, Sophie has been complimented by sing2piano [1.68M YouTube subscribers] for creating “beautiful covers”. Bookings/press inquiries: Follow @sophsmithsmusic on all socials. Spotify: ‘Innocent’ music video: 'Ariana Grande - Everytime Cover' live:

Javier Barrios Javier Barrios is a multi-instrumentalist/composer from Argentina based in Sheffield, UK. He started playing guitar at the age of 15 and has been focusing on composing and recording music for film and TV. Some of his music has been used in the film “The Alpinist”, as well as various Netflix and TV programs around the world including “Love is Blind”, “Pandemic: How To Prevent An Outbreak” and “Sex Love & Goop”. Some other credits include various recorded sample libraries for Noizz with sounds that other musicians around the world use in their music. Recently featured on the BBC Upload Festival collaborating with poet Tal Taylor. Javier is currently collabing with local renowned musicians. Spotify:

Jemma Rosenthal Jemma Rosenthal is a Sheffield-based singer/songwriter, musician, dancer, actor, Creative Life Coach, founder of 'Creative Hearts', and multi-award winning entrepreneur for 'Find Your Voice'. Jemma's original song, 'Alex's Song' aka 'There's A Song' was featured in Fusion Youth Theatre's original 'Musicals! The Musical'. Trained in professional dance and musical theatre at the Urdang Academy London, Jemma plays the piano and has a range of musical influences including jazz, soul and pop. Jemma has appeared as an actor/dancer in music videos of internationally renowned artists such as The Reytons, Sarah Jay Hawley, and KOG and the Zongo Brigade. Furthermore, Jemma co-hosts 'Find Tell Share: The Storytellers Podcast'. She is also a best selling co-author in two books of women's anthologies, where Jemma shares some of her story. Blending her passion for creativity and storytelling into her art, Jemma is passionate about using music and other art forms as a healing tool for mental health issues. Jemma aims to uplift by using her voice and helping others find theirs. Spotify: 'Afraid Of Love' music video: 'Eleven Eleven' live:

Nasa Parka Nasa Parka are a four-piece band that reference various genres within our set, including alt-rock, dark-pop and blues - with influences from Bowie to Wolf Alice. Nasa Parka play catchy melodies and psychedelic grooves that offer something both nostalgic and fresh to listeners. They formed in 2018, performed at a variety of venues across South Yorkshire - and have all played in bands previously across London, Manchester and Sheffield. Spotify:

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