We have heard about the following concert which may be of interest.
At St David’s Hall on Thursday 29 October at 7.30pm the Clerks will perform Qudduson .
Qudduson is a timely exploration of the links and connections between Islamic and Christian music which, apart from being beautiful music, serves as a way of drawing in a different and more diverse audience to the norm.
The Clerks are joined by: George Qas-Barsoum (baritone) with a long and active history with the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch; Abdul Salam Kheir (Lebanese) who specialises in Muwashahat (classical Arab song) as a singer (baritone) and oud player; and Merit Ariane Stephanos a Coptic Egyptian/German singer and composer who draws on Arabic and Western classical contemporary influences in her music.
Qudduson was developed and rehearsed in March and performed in part at the Barbican that month at the concert in aid of the Gaza Relief effort. Since then, amongst many other performances, The Clerks launched Qudduson at the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival in July. It met with a standing ovation and the comment from the promoter, Simon Glinn, ‘Stunning, beautiful, exceptional music’, as well as getting a four-star review in the Daily Telegraph (Ivan Hewett) for the London performance at the Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square.