Outreach Concert: The Refugee Crisis in Greece

An evening of botched Arabic, mispronounced Greek, entertainment and information at the Wisdom of God Church, Surrey!

On Sunday 23rd July, thanks to the Parish of Lower Kingswood and the incredible support of the Searle family, I gave an outreach concert in the beautiful Wisdom of God Church.

Though a relatively small audience, the atmosphere was positive and friendly.

The evening consisted of talks, interspersed with musical performances. Beginning with an Arabic invocation, I structured the evening in the form of a journey: taking the listener from countries such as Syria and Afghanistan through Turkey and into Greece. The different stages of this journey, made by thousands of refugees, were accompanied by videos, interviews and testimonies.

The evening's music consisted of Francisco Tarrega's Capricho Arabe, two Greek pieces from the Aegean Islands, Music for a Bird by Hans-Martin Linde and, excitingly, a world premiere of Richard Brice's original composition, Loneliness is a Labyrinth, a song which sets to music the poetry of two refugees on Chios, Greece.

The concert was also a fundraiser, and despite the small crowd, we raised over £350, to be split between Be Aware and Share and my own living costs as I begin a new position within The Unmentionables in Athens this August.

Stay tuned for video excerpts of the concert! And once again, let me reiterate my thanks to the Searles and Brices for their help, hospitatliy and encouragement!

Donations are still welcome, so do take a look at the links below!

Be Aware and Share: support

The Unmentionables: support

Crossing Strings (Jacob): support

Photo credits: Hannah Root!