Sounds Of Belfast To Be Showcased

Voices from across the world are to be heard at a unique musical event that showcases Belfast's diverse musical talent.

The cultural wealth of many nations as well as the talents of local musicians will be celebrated at Clonard Monastery.

Together, under the musical direction of internationally acclaimed composer and musician Neil Martin, local and international musicians will join the singers to take their audience on a memorable musical journey through the music of India, Greece, Africa, Bulgaria, Ireland and Spain.

Pioneered by ArtsEkta, the annual concert will take place on Wednesday 04 March. Local choirs and musicians have been encouraged to explore their own and others' musical traditions under the theme of 'connections', to showcase Belfast as a diverse city of music.

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Peter McReynolds said the event will highlight the work of performers from local and minority backgrounds.

"The family-friendly event has been funded through our Amplifier project, which aims to showcase Belfast's world-class musical talent," the Alliance Cllr commented.
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Founder and Executive Director of ArtsEkta Nisha Tandon OBE added: "When they take to the stage on the evening of 4th March our performers will demonstrate in the most powerful form of how musicality can unite cultures. Over recent months they have been working together on the widest possible range of genres, jamming their way through sessions involving ethnic percussion, tambura, guitar, vocals, violin, piano and the Indian sitar … all designed to help them develop and share their musical creativity and heritage. The result will be one of the most vibrant, exciting joyous concerts that the city has ever experienced!"

The programme of music and song will feature performances from a group of international musicians united by a passion for their chosen instruments as well as a special appearance from guest performers Dublin African Gospel Choir.

Connections will get underway at 7pm on Wednesday 04 March. Tickets are free of charge but advanced booking, available online, is essential.


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