To: Everyone It Concerns
From: Max Richter & Yulia Mahr
As this tumultuous year draws to a close, I would like one hour of your time to:
1) explore The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
2) spend a few minutes using your platform to support the United Nations’ #HumanRightsDay, which takes place on Thursday December 10th 2020.
When I began composing VOICES ten years ago, the world was a very different place.
The opening words of the declaration, read by Eleanor Roosevelt at the start of the record, set the tone for this transformative text that is so crucially relevant in these strange times.
This call for dignity, liberty, and equality for all has never felt more vivid and vital than in 2020.
Article 1 begins “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
If all you do after reading this email is to post that line ahead of #HumanRightsDay and share this important reminder to your followers, thank you.
However, if hearing or (re)reading the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights resonates with you, please consider spending at least one minute filming yourself reading a passage, perhaps one that you feel may “hit different” in your voice… and sharing it online.
My team are calling this the #VoicesChallenge and if it’s helpful, they have written this suggested copy to accompany your video. Please amend or remix however you see fit or write your own.
Suggested copy for Instagram and Facebook:
Max Richter invited me to take part in the #VoicesChallenge ahead of #HumanRightsDay on December 10th.
I listened to his record, Voices, and this section of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights really resonated with me. I challenge you, as well as @… and @…. to do the same. | @unitednationshumanrights @MaxRichterMusic
I listened to @maxrichtermusic’s Voices, and this section of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights really resonated with me.
⚖️ I challenge you, as well as @… and @… to do the same.
#VoicesChallenge | @UNHumanRights | #HumanRightsDay (Dec 10th)
Alternatively, you could go live on your social platform of choice and simply begin reading…
You can listen to Voices with my slightly updated version of the declaration performed live on 37+ radio stations including BBC Radio 3 on December 10th from 7:30pm GMT or find it now on your streaming service of choice:
You can read the original text here:
On behalf of all of us who are working on this project, thank you for your time.
Max & Yulia