The meaning of place has become even more important to us as individuals and communities since experiencing the long months of the pandemic and lockdown. Being a part of Bloomsbury Festival this year with its theme of ‘Shining a Light’, has given the musicians and poets working with NW Live Arts an opportunity to reflect on how place is expressed in different kinds of writing and music and so to ‘shine a light’ on what ‘belonging’ means to us in different ways.
We are very excited to bring our ‘Belonging’ project to fruition at Conway Hall on October 15.This will feature a wonderfully exciting programme of words and music presented by fabulous musicians, Christina McMaster (piano) Toby Carr (lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar) Attab Haddad (oud), Antonio Romero (percussion) together with writers from Holborn Community Association and Compass Scholars, who are refugees and asylum seekers, from Birkbeck University.
Over the past 5 weeks, led by John Simmons from Bloomsbury based writers organisation, 26, this small group of writers have been working to create poetry about identity, about light, about a feeling of belonging and what it means. Their work will be read in the concert programme that takes us on an exciting journey from contemporary Turkish music for piano, early baroque lute music, new jazz inspired music for oud and percussion, a dive into French and Spanish music for unusual combinations of instruments and a rousing finale with a composition by Attab Haddad for the whole ensemble.
Having taken part in last year’s festival which was necessarily restricted by the pandemic, we are very happy to be playing a part this year and excited to meet the Bloomsbury audience face to face!