A MUSICAL ensemble made up of newly arrived and long-term residents from Syria will be giving a special concert in Leamington to support Syrian refugees who have settled in Warwick district.
The London Syrian Ensemble is an orchestra of musicians who were formerly students of the prestigious Damascus Conservatoire but who were forced to flee their war-torn homeland.
Despite their troubled past the ensemble will be looking to present a joyous performance of classical and traditional music from the region in a celebration of Syrian culture.
The concert at All Saints Church on Saturday September 29 has received support from Warwick District Council and is being organised by the voluntary group Welcome Here Leamington & Warwick.
Welcome Here chair Penny Halpin said: “This promises to be a very special concert – the music is exceptional and it is really exciting that they are performing locally for us – their recent performances include venues such as the Barbican and this will be the first time they have performed in the West Midlands.
“Our Syrian families are really looking forward to introducing local people to the wonderful music from their home country.”
Syrian refreshments made by local settled families will be served in the interval.
Tickets are £13 (£15 on the door), and are available online at bitly.com/syrianconcert , in person at the Visitor Information Centre at Leamington Royal Pump Rooms, or by calling 01926 334418. The concert starts at 7.30pm.