Concert for Afghanistan 22 October 2021

On 22 October, the Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Afghanistan, Mirwaiss Sidiqi, and campaign coordinator Katherine Schofield took to the stage to talk about Afghanistan’s left-behind musicians as part of a wonderful live concert organised by Enrico Alvares and hosted by Classic FM’s John Suchet, to raise funds for Afghan refugees via the International Rescue Committee.

Performances of the Bach Violin and Oboe Concerto, the Mozart Flute Concerto, and Marcello Oboe Concerto played by soloists Nicholas Daniel, Alina Ibragimova, and Wissam Boustany, were preceded by the premiere of “To Help”, a beautiful new composition by Debbie Wiseman, and topped off by a life-affirming performance conducted by David Murphy of Mozart’s 40th Symphony by an orchestra representing all of Britain’s musicians in solidarity with their colleagues in Afghanistan.

You can watch the whole performance below. Please do donate to this cause by visiting the IRC website.

An enormous thanks to the organisers, the audience, and all the members of the orchestra by name; your solidarity with Afghanistan’s musicians means a great deal to them:

Orchestra composed of members and ex-members of: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Britten Sinfonia, National Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Chineke!, London Symphony Orchestra

First Violin
Leader David Juritz
Stephanie Waite
Enrico Alvares
Lucy Waterhouse
Jackie Shave
Kathie Shave
Helen Davies
Cecily Ward

Second Violin
Tim Warburton
Clare Hayes
Alun Thomas
Vanessa David
Sam Staples
Mark Oshida
Ginny Strawson
Mardyah Tucker

Paul Silverthorne
Joe Ichinose
Katie Wilkinson
Clifton Harrison
Yan Beattie
Michael Bennett

Justin Pearson
Penny Driver
Ben Davies
Susie Winkworth
Sue Sutherley
Dan Burrowes

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE
Thea Sayer

Wissam Boustany

Clare Hoskins
Ben Marshall

Joy Farrall
Oliver Pashley

Christopher Gunia
Rebecca Allen

Fabian van de Geest
Alex Willet

Petra Hajduchova

Published by afghanmusicians An international coordination effort advocating for all Afghanistan's musicians in a time of crisis, along with their extraordinarily rich musical traditions, from the classical rabab to the latest pop music. Lead co-ordinator, Dr Katherine Schofield.

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