The Requiem For Aleppo at Sadlers Wells
Months of hard work and emotional journeys came to fruition when The Requiem For Aleppo was performed to a standing ovation at London's Sadlers Wells Theatre, with a subsequent second staging at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival. These sold out performances were the culmination of a long process working with creator David Cazelet to bring his dream to life.
The purpose of the Requiem was to make a bold and powerful non=political artistic response to the tragedy unfolding in Syria. All proceeds from ticket sales of the two performances went directly to Syria Relief Charity and Techfugees to fund charitable work on the ground in the war-torn country.
The Requiem is a remarkable fusion of Western Requiem Mass music with Eastern instrumentation and ancient Arabic music and poetry. I worked intensively with David at Raw Sound Studio to create a vast, unique and emotive set of songs to which 12 top dancers from around the world performed choreography by Jason Mabana exploring themes of love, loss, anguish and hope. Moving audio testimonials from Syrian refugees were played at key points throughout the performance.
The music, dance and testimonials combined to make a enormously emotional experience for performers and audiences alike, with glowing reviews following both showings.
I'm very proud to have been able to work with such a super team and for a brilliant cause. To be able to do something good for the better of others and raise awareness through the arts is what every musician and composer dreams of doing. With The Requiem For Aleppo I feel we achieved something extremely special.
You can hear some of the songs from the Requiem on the Media page.