Our next concert – ‘Belonging’- May 21st 2021 Salvation Army Hall , 10-16 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, NW3 2BL 7.30pm

We are very excited to announce the first concert in our 2021/2022 season. Tickets will be on sale from April 12th.

The concert marks the culmination of a dynamic three-part project in which we look at a theme of ‘belonging’ through images, music and words.I think creativity is a great energiser! It has proved to be very therapeutic for many of us since the arrival of Covid 19 and during lockdown. In ‘Belonging’ we at NW Live Arts, our audiences and participants are exploring in so many creative ways our identity and relationship with different places.

#AsYouSeeIt 2 submission by Sangeeta Weatherley

Firstly, we are running an online project, #AsYouSeeIt 2, until the end of April, where we ask for submissions of images that evoke a sense or an idea of ‘belonging’. Already we have received a rich diversity of responses from enticing newly grown tomatoes to beautiful abstract paintings and collages. Our musicians are responding to these submissions with a short filmed improvisation and we look forward to more submissions from you, our supporters and audience. Double image videos will follow with images and music that will be broadcast on social media and on our website.

Secondly, creative writing workshops will begin soon! Led by celebrated writer and film-maker, Sheila Hayman, four talented writers who are refugees and asylum seekers from Freedom from Torture’s creative writing and performance group, ‘Write to Life’ begin work writing poetry, exploring the theme of ‘belonging’. They will be meeting the musicians in April to co-curate how the concert which will feature readings of their poetry together with, and, alongside the music.

Finally, our wonderful musicians – Christina McMaster (piano), Toby Carr (lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar), Attab Haddad (oud), Antonio Romero (percussion) will soon be rehearsing an imaginative programme for this unusual combination of instruments ranging from contemporary music to familiar and less familiar classical music, middle eastern music as well as improvisations and a new piece for this unique ensemble. This is a concert in which we celebrate and shine a light on the individual qualities of each instrument and the powerful and expressive artistic dialogue that can be created by cross-genre programming. Furthermore, we bring musicians working in different genres together with writers from different cultures to collaborate and demonstrate the richness of our multi-cultural society.

We very much look forward to hearing from and seeing you at the concert!

Our concert season running from May 2021 to May 2022 has the overall theme of Music & Place and we will be focussing on different aspects of this theme over six concerts in different venues in Camden. More to follow!