Music Inspired by Refugee Experience in BBC Singers Concert

The BBC Singers

Music Inspired by Refugee Experience in BBC Singers Concert

Choir to perform BASCA commissions from refugees recent and past, Basel Saleh and Michael Graubert.

The BBC Singers will present a concert on Friday 21 September of choral music inspired by refugees and the refugee experience.

The concert, which is presented in association with BASCA, follows a Europe-wide call in April for related works.

Alongside pieces submitted by composers are commissions from refugees recent and past, Basel Saleh and Michael Graubert. Basel Saleh is a Syrian oud player and singer. Michael Graubart was born in Vienna and came to England as a refugee in 1938.

The concert will also feature works by two prominent British female composers – The Girl from Aleppo by Cecilia McDowell and the world premiere of Weighing the Earth by Joanna Marsh.

The full programme is as follows:

Sebastian Androne-NakanishiFearful Darkness
Aftab DarvishiAnd the world stopped, Lacking you…
Chris HutchingsThree Memories of Kurdistan
Deborah PritchardEXODUS
Lydia Jane PughAdiraï (Misplaced)
Katarina Pustinek RakarDas Rufen der Seelen
Gareth TresederThese Strangers, In A Foreign World (Hine ma tov)
Alison WillisNon Omnis Moriar
Michael GraubartCardamom Snow
Basel SalehSalabtany
Joanna MarshWeighing the Earth
Cecilia McDowallA Girl from Aleppo

The concert takes place at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, at 7.30pm and is conducted by James Morgan.

For more, visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ecrz3d

Basel Saleh performing with the Iyatra Quartet.

Published on 20 September 2018

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