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Bonn Concert 2014

Join Us for the 2014 World Migratory Bird Day Benefit Concert!

We invite everyone to join us on 10 May 2014 for the World Migratory Bird Day benefits concert. Like migratory birds, music overcomes boundaries and unites people. On World Migratory Bird Day both choirs make their first joint performance to raise their voices for the protection of migratory birds worldwide. The concert will mark World Migratory Bird Day, which is organized by the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species and the African-Eurasian Waterbirds Agreement under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme.

The Opera Chorus Chorale Lirica San Rocco from Bologna will present “The Magic of Opera”, a selection of the most famous Italian opera arias.

The Deutsche Welle Choir will complement the programme with “Songs of the World”, international folk songs on migratory birds, gospel hymns and swing hits.

The Opera Chorus has generously offered for the second time to come to Bonn and to support the cause of migratory birds! Donations will be used to protect the White-winged Fllufftail. It is listed on the Red List of the World Conservation Union IUCN as critically endangered with only 250 birds remaining in the wild worldwide.

The concert will take place at the Kreuzkirche, Bonn at 7:30 pm.

[Location of the Kreuzkirche, Bonn, Germany]

[View Photos from the Concert]

To help promote the concert, download the Concert Poster in:

[English] [German]

For more information view the WMBD Benefit Concert Programme in:

[English] [German]

Help Save the Critically Endangered White-winged Flufftail

All proceeds from the concert, donations from sponsors and participants in the concert will be given to a project in support of the White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi). This White-winged Flufftail has been recently upgraded to ‘Critically

Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List as the adult population is estimated at less than 250 individuals restricted to Ethiopia and South Africa. A joint CMS/AEWA Action Plan was adopted by the CMS Conference of the Parties in 2008. In this context, a project aimed at reducing and reversing habitat loss and degradation, human disturbance and nest loss, and which will carry out surveys in search of new breeding sites and raise the awareness of local communities, was sponsored by the AEWA Small Grants Fund in Ethiopia.

The project is now coming to an end and additional funding would be used to continue the habitat conservation and survey work in Ethiopia building on the outcomes of the current project.

For more information on the White-winged Flufftail [Read More]

Photo Credit: White-winged Flufftail / Sarothrura ayresi © Middlepunt Wetland Trust


Donations to help save the White-winged Flufftail are gratefully accepted and can be made to the following account:

Bank Account: Freunde der Bonner Convention
IBAN: DE45 3705 0198 1937 1249 13

The San Rocco Lyrical Choir

The San Rocco Operatic Choir was founded in 1989 by members of the operatic and cultural circles in Bologna. Directed by Marialuce Monari, the choir has appeared in opera houses in Italy and at international festivals in Paris, Prague, Vienna, Munich and Bonn among other places.

Musical Director: Marialuce Monari
Piano: Francesca Fierro
Saprano: Alessandra Vicinelli

Listen to Music from the Choir

The Deutsche Welle Choir

The multicultural ensemble has been performing an international repertoire of songs across the world for 20 years. The singers consider themselves as ambassadors for peace who want to build bridges to link people and cultures. It was founded by members of the German international broadcasting service.

Musical Director: Maja Braun

Sponsors of the World Migratory Bird Day Concert

The Bonn Convention and AEWA Secretariats would like, with great gratitude, to thank the sponsors of the World Migratory Bird Day Concert without whom the concert would have not been possible. 


With a special thanks to: