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
Leader David Juritz
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE
Fabian van de Geest