More radio stations around the world join the VOICES performance schedule

40 radio stations around the world will now broadcast the performance of Max Richter and Yulia Mahr’s VOICES, which soundtracks the The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

WNYC in the US, MDR in Germany, and GPB in Georgia are three of the new additions.

There are also a few last minute changes to the schedule. CLICK HERE for full details.

If there is not a local station in your country, you can listen via the BBC website for 30 days after broadcast and read more about the performance here.

The #VoicesChallenge

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 

Suggested Tweet:

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 & YuliaMax Richter & Yulia Mahr

VOICES | Worldwide Radio Broadcast


BBC Radio 3 will bring together 37 radio stations across the world on Thursday 10th December for a performance of VOICES.

“In these strange and challenging times it is more important than ever to keep the music playing and the message of the Universal Declaration alive.”
— Max Richter and Yulia Mahr

CLICK HERE for more info


Tickets are now on sale for the UK film premiere including an exclusive Q&A with Max Richter & Yulia Mahr on 8 September.

This breathtaking film follows acclaimed composer and musician Max Richter and his creative partner, artist and BAFTA winning filmmaker Yulia Mahr, as they navigate an ambitious performance of his celebrated 8-hour opus Sleep at an open-air concert in Los Angeles. Emmy-nominated director Natalie Johns weaves in Mahr’s personal archive and performance footage from Berlin, Sydney, and Paris to create a rich portrait of a shared artistic process, along with contributions that illuminate both the science and story behind the work.


If your local cinema is not listed, please keep an eye on the film’s official website as more cinemas will be confirmed over the coming weeks.

VOICES | Mercy (Official Music Video by Yulia Mahr)

Mercy, written ten years ago for Hilary Hahn, and played here so beautifully by Mari Samuelsen, was the starting point for the whole of VOICES. Over the years of working on the project, the music has taken many forms, nearly all of them put to one side, but the music of Mercy has always been a sort of pole star, guiding the rest of the piece. Yulia’s stunning film places the question of mercy and compassion firmly into our everyday world. We are all in this together.  -m

Listen to Mercy HERE
VOICES is out in its entirety on July 31st.

VOICES | All Human Beings (Official Music Video by Yulia Mahr)

The video for the first released track from my upcoming album VOICES is now live.
This project has been 10 years in the making. In this time of great challenges, VOICES is a place to reflect on the world we have made, and on the world we want to make.
Readings are from the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights. Video by Yulia Mahr.

Listen to the first tracks from the album HERE 
VOICES is out in its entirety on July 31st.


VOICES | Origins

‘Origins’ – VOICES out July 31st from Decca Records.
Listen and pre-order HERE