Music Inspired by Refugee Experience in BBC Singers Concert
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-Nakanishi – Fearful Darkness
Aftab Darvishi – And the world stopped, Lacking you…
Chris Hutchings – Three Memories of Kurdistan
Deborah Pritchard – EXODUS
Lydia Jane Pugh – Adiraï (Misplaced)
Katarina Pustinek Rakar – Das Rufen der Seelen
Gareth Treseder – These Strangers, In A Foreign World (Hine ma tov)
Alison Willis – Non Omnis Moriar
Michael Graubart – Cardamom Snow
Basel Saleh – Salabtany
Joanna Marsh – Weighing the Earth
Cecilia McDowall – A 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.