Bridging Cultures

This project, led by Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey and Dr Toby Young, brings together young asylum seekers and other Oxford Spires Academy students in year 12, to collaboratively compose and perform a multi-media orchestral composition.

The new work will interweave the diverse musical heritages of the international students with western art music practices with the aim of generating intercultural artistic dialogue and breaking down social and cultural barriers between young asylum seekers and their colleagues.

The new work was to have been performed by a combined group of musicians from the Orchestra of St John’s, Oxford Spires Academy and University of Oxford in an OSJ orchestral concert in Dorchester Abbey, and at The North Wall theatre at St Edwards’ school, in the autumn of 2020 but because of the Covid lockdown will be rescheduled.