Photography: Ayman Oghanna
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 23/4/18

Saint George and his red-and-white flag are widely recognised as symbols of English nationalism. The fact he was an immigrant, and remains the patron saint of Bulgaria, Palestine, Ethiopia, Greece and Lithuania, is frequently overlooked. This St. George’s Day, THE ORCHESTRA OF SYRIAN MUSICIANS will perform a response to the patron saint at the Philharmonic Hall. Their performance will be a much-needed reminder that the true meaning of St. George’s Day is found in celebrating unity and multiculturalism.

On the night, DAMON ALBARN, MOUNIR TROUDI and members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will join The Orchestra Of Syrian Musicians for an unforgettable live performance. The musicians will also take part in a rehearsal residency in Liverpool prior to the concert.

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians is compromised of 50 musicians and singers, who were once members of the esteemed, Damascus-based Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music (SNOAM). In 2016, they were reunited by Damon Albarn’s music collective Africa Express – an organisation that promotes musical collaboration as a means of breaking down borders and boundaries.

Since reuniting, the musicians have toured around Europe, opened Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage and released a critically acclaimed album. They pride themselves on bringing Arabic classical music to British audiences, and hope to offer the audience an insight into Syria’s rich cultural history.

The Rapid Response Unit, which is a one-year project fusing real time news and current affairs with UK and international artists, has commissioned this particular event.

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For more information and tickets, visit the Philharmonic websiteThere is a limit of four tickets per person.

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