Orchestra of Syrian Musicians
The ‘Orchestra of Syrian Musicians’ will celebrate cultural heritage in exile through a new project launching later this year 2022. This project is happening thanks to the international collaboration grant from British Council and a fantastic partnership with Beirut and Beyond in Lebanon we’re recording a brand new album to celebrate the remarkable music & culture of Syria, Lebanon & the UK combined.
The ‘Orchestra of Syrian Musicians’ are a well-established collective in Lebanon. They were reunited by Africa Express for a series of concerts in 2016, & a live album was recorded during these shows. The live album that was made on this tour remains a source of great joy for all those involved & has helped to cover costs, equipment & logistics for the orchestra. It was decided that as soon as everyone could go home safely, a studio album would be recorded in Damascus. Five years later, these musicians have still sadly not been able to return to Syria, & many have settled in the UK & Lebanon. This recording project will reunite these orchestra members with stars from Lebanon & the UK, to celebrate the remarkable music & culture of Syria, Lebanon & the UK combined. Selected guest vocalists will collaborate on the tracks for the record, which will be scored for the orchestra.