An outstretched Hand - Fundraising Concert for Refugees

Come to St James's Church, Paddington on the February 13th 2016 to be part of an incredible musical fundraising event in aid of the refugees left in war torn Syria and the ones seeking asylum in Europe. 

In such dark times as these, we need to unite. We must realise that violence confronted with violence will only lead down a dark and dangerous path of destruction. We cannot give in to hate or fear and start fearing innocent people who have left everything they care about behind. We must help them, or where would our humanity lie? 

The stunning musical program will include old and new, spanning from the nationalistic 19th century throughout the war torn 20th century. It includes music by composers who were themselves refugees, who had to flee their homeland because of war or political reasons. They will be take us on a journey through War and Peace, utter desolation and hope.

From composers like Schnittke, Martinu, Gal, Weinberg to Tschaikovsky, Beethoven and Tavener, in a selection of breathtaking solo and chamber works including world premiere “ Song for Yodit” by Steve Elcock.

We have chosen to raise money for two charities:

Hand in Hand for Syria: Humanitarian aid for Syrians most at risk. Their teams on the ground in Syria take emergency aid directly to those living under threat and trying to survive in extreme conditions. Besides saving lives and relieving suffering, they help people to stay in Syria instead of fleeing to another country. They provide food and clothing, water and sanitation, and crucial medical aid in a country whose health service has been shattered when it is most urgently needed.

The British Red Cross, who have a long tradition of providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.