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World Music Concerts Link up with Norfolk Schools


An incredible line up of worldwide cultural music concerts with musicians and artists from Bulgaria, India, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and the Middle East are set to take place over a two-week period beginning on 28th February for the first two weeks of March 2022 performing in historic Norwich venues.

Billed as a ‘Festival of World Sacred Music’, it’s hoped that the concerts will be a regular annual calendar event open to all to come and enjoy in the City of Norwich.

Mr Gary Newland the artistic director from Music Worldwide for the Festival said: “We are launching a festival of world sacred music using heritage venues across the city from The Halls and Norwich Playhouse Theatre to Stage Two at the Theatre Royal and Norwich Cathedral. The music is powerful, spiritual and enlightening.  We are delighted to be bringing culturally diverse music to Norfolk that people wouldn’t normally be familiar with or listen to.”

Supported with funding from Arts Council England, the artists will be taking their enriching concerts to another level by including five Norfolk schools in their productions within the cultural education outreach programme led up by Music Worldwide.

A special music project will be also undertaken with young unaccompanied asylum seekers in collaboration and funded by Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Inclusion and Opportunities team.

Mr Newland said: “For each of the six concerts we are connecting the artists from Venezuela, Punjab, Bulgaria, Zimbabwe and the Middle East with Years Six and Seven children with five Norfolk schools. The aim is to let children explore both their own identity and that of individuals from other cultures and the opportunity to perform with them on stage.”

He added: “The lessons with their teachers and artists will work to develop an understanding of the music, art and culture of different communities that have settled in our region. The project is very much about enriching young people’s understanding and belonging within a multi-cultural society.’’

The goal is to help pupils build understanding and common identities beyond the traditional divides of nation, race and faith. The musical performance aspect of the course is vital to the immersive element of this program but these concerts are also supplemented with five complementary lessons which meet OFSTED’s British Values specifications as well as contextualise their learning so that it can be applied into real world scenarios.

Mr Newland said: “This is particularly important in areas where population demographics are less diverse and children may not have had the opportunity to engage with those from different heritages. Our vision is to help in the formation of a respectful, tolerant and open-minded younger generation.”

The concerts will be held at Norwich venues including Norwich Cathedral, The Halls, Norwich Playhouse Theatre and Stage Two at the Theatre Royal; see below for details.

Artists and Participating Schools in 2022:

Cawston Church of England Junior Academy (part of DNEAT, Yr 6) on Monday 28th February at The Halls with Luzmira Zerpa. 

Luzmira Zerpa is a prolific Venezuelan singer/songwriter based in UK who has  performed internationally as a solo artist and toured extensively throughout Europe with her band Family Atlantica (Soundway Records). Luzmira has performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Elbphailarmonie (Hamburg) as well as festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Womad and the World Music Festival in Udaipur, India.

Tickets: norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/the-luzmira-zerpa-ensemble

Participating School: Lionwood Junior School (Yr 6) on Tuesday 1st March at The Halls with King Gurcharan Mall (Punjab, India).

Originality, dedication and talent have made him a formidable force in the Asian music industry. He has created his own distinct identity and taken his place among the best Punjabi musical talents in the world.

Tickets: norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/king-gurcharan-mall

Norwich School (Secondary YR7/8) on Friday 4th March at Norwich Cathedral with London Bulgarian Choir. 

Led by native Bulgarian singer Dessislava Stefanova, former member of the Philip Koutev Bulgarian Folk Ensemble, the London Bulgarian Choir takes us on a journey around Bulgaria, exploring the landscapes of the voice and the creative traditions of this land

Dessislava Stefanova started classical training aged six, but found an alternative to the formality of communist-style musical education in the Children’s Folk Music & Dance Company. She has been performing & teaching the distinctive choral music of Bulgaria in the UK since her arrival in 2000. An experienced conductor, soloist and ensemble singer, and she has established a career singing for film soundtracks and theatre.

Tickets: norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/the-london-bulgarian-choir

Norwich Primary Academy (Yr 6) on Monday 7th March at The Halls with Anna Mudeka (Zimbabwe, Africa)

Anna Mudeka, founder and Artistic Director of Tambai Promotions is a passionate and charismatic ambassador for the arts & culture of the Sub-Saharan African continent. Multi-instrumentalist, actress, singer, writer & educator, she is a polymath proud to share the ancestral heritage of her native Zimbabwe.

In 2019 Anna toured throughout the UK over 45 dates with her one-woman production Kure Kure, Faraway, an epic tale addressing themes of identity, migration, assimilation and empowerment framed in the legends of her Shona ancestors and her own highly personal story of settling in the UK.

Tickets: norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/anna-mudeka-the-african-choir-of-norfolk.

16-18 yr old Asylum/Refugees on Friday 11th March, at Stage 2, Norwich Theatre Royal with Justin Adams Ensemble. 

Justin Adams is an experienced guitarist, producer & composer. With Robert Plant, he created top 10 albums and toured the world.

His production on landmark albums by Tinariwen brought the band to global attention, while his collaborations with Rachid Taha, Juldeh Camara & Brian Eno brought awards and recognition as a musician working between cultures.

Justin worked as musical director for British Council Projects in the UK & MENA (Middle East & North Africa), as well as WOMAD, Rock Hall of Fame (USA) and others.

Tickets: norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/justin-adams-mohamed-errebbaa-ensemble.  

St Williams Junior School on 9th March, at Norwich Playhouse Theatre with Maya Youssef. 

Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun’ the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. Maya’s intense and thoughtful music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but forges pathways into jazz, Western classical and flamenco styles. It explores the emotional and healing qualities of music. For her, the act of playing music is a life- and hope-affirming act and an antidote to what is happening, not only in Syria, but across the world.

Tickets: norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/maya-youssef-ensemble.

To book tickets online visit www.musicworldwide.co.uk/concerts.asp or follow the individual links above. 

The festival has had funding and support from Arts Council England, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Music Hub.