Members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians
Members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians – brought together last year by Africa Express and reuniting refugee artists from the country – offer a joyous, uplifting set of Arabic Classical music and beautiful melodies.
The conflict in Syria has caused many artists to leave the country. Last summer, 50 such musicians and singers were reunited as 'the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians' for a European tour alongside guests including Damon Albarn, Paul Weller, Bassekou Kouyate and Julia Holter. For many of the Syrians, it was the first time they had seen each other since outbreak of conflict six years ago, and some of them, now settled in Britain and Europe, have continued working together. Today this smaller ensemble bring their amazing energy and beautiful melodies to Walthamstow, offering a more positive perspective on Syria and its culture than events seen nightly in the news.