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A series of London Southbank Purcell Room concerts is being planned to include:



May 8th 2019


The European première of Kareem Roustom’s new String Quartet ‘Shades of Night’ (2018), performed by the Chilingirian String Quartet. The programme will also include Thea Musgrave’s String Quartet (1958) and Tchaikovsky String Quartet No 1, Op 11.


Syrian-American Kareem Roustom is an Emmy-nominated composer whose genre crossing collaborations include music commissioned for the Kronos Quartet, conductor Daniel Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, the Dallas Symphony, & the Grand Teton Music Festival, where in 2018 Roustom was composer-in-residence. BBC Radio 3 described Roustom’s music as “among the most distinctive to have emerged from the Middle East”, and The New York Times described it as “propulsive, colourful and immediately appealing.” The Guardian wrote that Roustom’s music is “arrestingly quirky and postmodern…music with lots of personality.”



July 8th 2019


The distinguished Syrian opera singer, Talar Dekrmanjian, with violinist Simon Smith, and pianist Daniel Hill, in music by Lebanese, Syrian and Egyptian composers. The programme will include a new work by the UK-based Lebanese composer Bushra El Turk, the violin sonata by composer Boghos Gelalian (2017-2011) and  music by Zaid Jabri.





Further recitals in the series are also being planned:


The pianist Fadi Deeb (Palestine/Israel), in works by Palestinian and British composers

A  recital by the young UK-based Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas

A violin and cello duo concert with Basma Abdel Rahim and Kaamel Salah-Eldin, celebrating the music of Basma’s father, Gamal Abdel-Rahim (1924-1988)