‘Palestine Aloud’ benefit concert at Cadogan Hall

On 22nd October 2008, the Choir of London joined a host of British, Palestinian and other international artists for a cultural celebration through music and words in support of Palestine, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The event was directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan, who made her first visit to Palestine with the Choir of London as director of their production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute for the Palestine Mozart Festival in 2007.

This non-political cultural celebration was a powerful testament to a culture whose riches are too often hidden behind the demands of a desperate political and humanitarian struggle.

Alongside performances by John Williams, John Etheridge, Reem Kelani, Marwan Abado and Tala Tutunji, and words spoken and written by Victoria Brittain, Miriam Margolyes, Corin Redgrave, Hanan al Sheikh, Kika Markham and Juliet Stevenson, the Choir of London, conducted by Jeremy Summerly, performed Swayne’s Magnificat and Song of Songs by Clemens non Papa, and at the end of the evening joined together with all of the evening’s performers to give the world premiere of Jessica Dannheisser’s specially-commissioned work to the words of Mahmoud Darwish’s I Am From There.

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22 October 2008, 7.30pm

Cadogan Hall, London