Concerts in Shaftesbury, Frome, Brighton, London, York, Swanage, Berlin, The Hague
TOCCATA CLASSICS CD LAUNCH (London)
In aid of young musicians in Afghanistan
The Rosegarden of Light Project is extraordinary in so many ways. Alongside live performances from Cuatro Puntos (one of the most dynamic string groups in the USA), and from John Baily and Veronica Doubleday (acclaimed performers of traditional Afghan music*) there will be video recordings of Ensemble Zohra, the only girl’s ensemble in Afghanistan (from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Kabul). The girls will be performing music that I wrote especially for them for The Rosegarden of Light Project (recorded by Cuatro Puntos members Kevin and Holly last summer during one of Kabul’s worst outbreaks of violence in many years).
The concerts will be varied, interesting and accessible with a mixture of music, video and spoken introductions about the pieces from members of the group. The music we have chosen is both beautiful and dramatic, expressive and powerful – melancholy songs alongside whirling dances! At a time when we are bombarded every day by images of the world in crisis, The Rosegarden of Light is a joyful celebration of musicians who share our fundamental right to express themselves through the universal language of music.
We are very grateful indeed that the Tour has been supported by the Arts Council England Grant for the Arts, Hinrichsen Foundation, Ambache Charitable Foundation, RVW Trust, New Music USA.
ALL PROFITS FROM THESE CONCERTS WILL GO TOWARDS SUSTAINING ONGOING MUSIC PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS IN AFGHANISTAN