Concerts for Syria facilitates and promotes fundraising concerts and music events that support Syrian refugees.
After more than four years of conflict the ensuing refugee crisis has become one of the greatest humanitarian crises of today, affecting each and every one of us. Today 12 million Syrians have fled their homes because of conflict, 6 million of whom are children, and c.4 million Syrians in total are now refugees.
As musicians we have the tools and the opportunities to raise much-needed funds for refugees and to raise awareness of their situation and ways in which we can help.
The aim of this project is to harness the power of these tools and opportunities and seek to make a difference through music-making.
2016 starts with a fundraising concerts series around the UK, featuring recorder player Fatima Lahham who is running the London Marathon on 24th April for Save the Children’s Syria Appeal.
28th February, 1.30pm: A Chantar, Keble Early Music Festival, Oxford
Fatima Lahham recorders, Sarah Small viola da gamba, Johan Löfving theorbo
Anchored by two songs written respectively in the twelfth and seventeenth centuries by the mysterious Comtessa de Dia (fl.c.1175) and the more familiar Henry Purcell (1659-1695), this concert presents a diverse range of both improvised and composed repertories.
March tbc, Lunchtime recital, St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Tuesday 26th April, 1pm: Lunchtime concert, Great St Mary’s Church,Cambridge
Wednesday 1st June, 1pm: A Chantar, St John’s Stratford, London