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"On 7 June 2005, exactly a month before the London bombings, Mark Stephenson conducted London Musici at the Cadogan Hall, in a new commission Incantations from composer Gabriel Currington and Batterie Percussion Quartet which involved Al Harith (The Lion, top right) a 13 year-old from The King Fayed Academy in Acton, who called the Azzan at the opening of the piece and Hannah Style (bottom right) from The Jewish Free School who ended with a Closing Prayer. The main body of the piece involved fifteen students from the Academy at Peckham (middle right) on a vast array of orchestral percussion with orchestra

The audience was spell bound by the music and everybody present realized they had witnessed something profound. You can hear a sample from Incantations on this website and there are photos here of the other young artists who also appeared in the concert including Eduard Kunz, Charles Siem and Valeriy Sokolov [in musici evening news].

We know from Daniel Barenboim's remarkable young Israeli - Palestinian East-West Divan Orchestra that classical music really can make a difference, but it means stepping outside the comfort zone of conventional concerts from time to time."


 
     
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