Premiere of ‘Refugees Welcome ♥’ in Manchester, 16th November, with Ebonit Saxophone Quartet

Come along to hear the premiere of Refugees Welcome , composed for the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet at the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester on 16th November 2017, as part of the New Music North West Festival.

This work is my response to the political upheavals in the UK and US during 2016, by which I was profoundly shaken. It weaves Arabic modes and West African rhythmic patterns in amongst my own musical materials with the aim of creating a kind of emotional tapestry of sound that celebrates the joy and cultural richness that immigrants can bring to society. It also empathises with the plight of refugees, from numerous parts of the world, whose stories are often so heartbreaking. After all, we are all human. But I take hope from individual acts of generosity – from the anonymous person who painted the graffiti on a cycle path near where I live (from which these piece takes its name), to those in various countries who have accepted refugees into their homes and communities, to organisations like Music Action International that give opportunities for refugees and torture survivors to make music through groups like the incredible Stone Flowers.

Plans are afoot for a joint CD of music for the Ebonit Quartet by Kevin Malone and myself. This will include Refugees Welcome and Iapetus Suture, and will be available through Divine Art / Métier.