The Rapid Response Unit – a one-year art project fusing real time news & current affairs with UK and International artists of all disciplines – has commissioned the extraordinary Orchestra of Syrian Musicians to formulate a musical expression for St George’s Day.
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians will formulate a musical response, culminating in a unique public performance and will be joined onstage by special guests Damon Albarn and Mounir Troudi, at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Monday 23rd April.
As part of this commission The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians will also undertake a rehearsal residency in Liverpool, prior to the St George’s Day performance.
Tickets will go on sale at 10.00 on Wednesday 4 April from http://www.liverpoolphil.com. The RRU will be working with local authorities and charities to bring together an audience that reflects the diverse communities of modern Britain by ensuring a significant number of free tickets are made available.
Mark Donne, Bureau Editor of RRU:
“St George is of course the symbol of English nationalism, but he was also an immigrant, and remains the patron saint of England, Bulgaria, Palestine, Ethiopia, Greece and Lithuania. On the 23rd of April this truly multi-cultural city will come together in an unforgettable celebration of art, music and unity; of that I’ve absolutely no doubt.”
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic:
“Liverpool Philharmonic is honoured to be welcoming the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Damon Albarn and Mounir Troudi to perform on St George’s Day. It is a perfect fit with our mission which is all about the power of music to transform lives, and to connect across cultural boundaries, and we are looking forward to a memorable night”.