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Music & Body 2020

In a collaboration with refugees from Freedom from Torture’s celebrated writing group, ‘Write to Life’, five extraordinary musicians, Ant Romero percussion, Attab Haddad oud, Sabina Rakcheyeva violin, Kate St.John oboe, Kadialy Kouyate kora  and Sophie Harris cello present a musical journey from the Middle East and West Africa to Europe, exploring different musical traditions from 3 continents and telling the story of the migrant journey and the impact this has on the body.

For Music and Body we present a dynamic programme ranging from Bach and Schubert to Iraqi folk melodies, kora music from West Africa and folk music from Azerbaijan.  With improvisation, new compositions and readings  which explore the body as both saviour and burden, we celebrate our multi-cultural society, in an artistic exploration of what brings us together as musicians and writers from different countries and traditions.

NW Live Arts presented this concert to a sell-out audience in November 2019. Here is your chance to catch it again with a slightly different line up and some new pieces in a dynamic programme of wide-ranging improvisations, compositions and readings of new work by members of Freedom from Torture’s refugee writing group ‘Write to Life’.

Readings explore the body as both saviour and burden, while virtuoso musicians Sabina Rakcheyeva – violin, Attab Haddad – oud, Ant Romero -percussion, Kadialy Kouyate – kora, Kate St.John – oboe and cor anglais and Sophie Harris – cello, will blend folk, classical and contemporary music from Europe, Africa and the Middle East with Bach and Schubert.

Join us for a celebration of our multi-cultural society through an artistic exploration of what brings people from different countries, cultures and traditions together as musicians, writers and audience.


Sep 25 2020


7:30 pm


Holy Cross Church, St Pancras
Holy Cross Church, 98 Cromer St, London, WC1H 8JU

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