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Afghan Womens Orchestra – two schools concerts

March 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street
Oxford, OX1 2DH

The Oxford Faculty of Music,  in partnership with the Orchestra of St John’s, invites schools across Oxfordshire to enjoy the extraordinary music and story of Ensemble Zohra, the first Afghan Women’s Orchestra, and to join us for two Schools Concerts at the Wesley Memorial Church.

The concerts will run at 1pm and 2.30pm and will include an introduction to the traditional instruments of Afghanistan guided by renowned ethno-musicologists Professor John Baily and Veronica Doubleday.

Audiences will also be able to enjoy the rich musical history of Afghanistan in a lecture-recital given by John Baily, Veronica Doubleday and Ensemble Zohra at the Holywell Music Room on Wednesday 13 March. Find out more about this event here.

These concerts forms part of our Sounds of South Asia series and a week-long residency for Ensemble Zohra. Led by postdoctoral researcher, Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, the residency combines side-by-side performances with the Orchestra of St John’s, Oxford University and Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra musicians, with panel discussions on women’s musical education in Afghanistan, schools’ concerts and other special events.

For more information on the Afghan Womens Orchestra project, click here

Other events with our guests from Afghanistan:

Wednesday 13 March Traditional Afghan instruments demonstration at Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Thursday 14 March Panel discussion at Somerville. Tickets some.ox.ac.uk
Friday 15 March Concert and fundraising event at British Museum for Afghan Embassy, London. Tickets britishmuseum org
Saturday 16 March Concert at Harrow Arts Centre. Tickets harrowarts.org
Sunday 17 March Side by side concert at the Sheldonian Theatre (including an opportunity to sing)!


March 14
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wesley Memorial Hall
New Inn Hall Street
Oxford, OX1 2DH
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