DISPLACED VOICES CONCERT Hall Two, King’s Place
This concert is the culmination of OSJ’s three-month community engagement project with the Oxford Spires Academy. Four refugee and migrant students from the Academy have worked with composer Toby Young and OSJ’s associate conductor, Cayenna Ponchione, to create orchestral ‘backing tracks’ to spoken word performances of their own poems. The project builds on the award-winning poetry programme at the school developed by author Kate Clanchy. Three additional poems from Clanchy’s edited volume of the students’ poems: England: Poems from a School, have been set by professional composers for voice and orchestra.
The performance will also feature special guests, violinist/singer-songwriter, Alice Zawadski, and the young musicians of Play for Progress. PFP delivers therapeutic and educational music programmes for young people impacted by conflict, to help them avoid isolation and engage with, learn through, and explore their capabilities in music.
Orchestra of St John’s
Cayenna Ponchione, conductor
Charlotte Tetley, mezzo-soprano
Alice Zawadski, violin and vocals
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Displaced Voices Song Set
Shirley Thompson: Papa, text by Mukahang Limbu (premiere)
Sadie Harrison: My Hazara People, text by Shukria Rezaei
Toby Young: Doves of Damascus, text by Ftoun Abou Kerech (premiere)
Displaced Voices Spoken Word with Orchestra
Halema Malak: My Grandpa and Dad
Timileyin Amusan: English and England
Merzia Qahramany: Last Year’s Dreams and Ghazal: Silence
Ftoun Abou Kerech: My Country is Bleeding, My Country is Wounded
Dimitry Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a
Play for Progress with Alice Zawadski
For information and tickets please visit https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/classical/displaced-voices/
When you purchase tickets, please do consider adding a voluntary donation to support our work in the community. This project has been made possible by generous support from Arts Council England, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, the University of Oxford’s Community Grants Fund, the Derrill Allatt Foundation, Doris Field Charitable Trust, Sir Christopher and Wendy Ball, and Robin and Jeanne Stainer.