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MUSIC & THEATRE
Art and music bridge the gap between east and west MORE details have been announced of an ambitious arts project in Wells which aims to build bridges between the Arab and Western worlds. A three-month-long exhibition of paintings in the Bishop’s Palace – opening on Friday, October 28th – along with the launch of a book will be followed next spring with a concert in Wells Cathedral. The project is called Alcantara … Beyond the Wells and is the brainchild of Pilton-based painter Peter Lawrence, who lived and worked in the Middle East for many years and was inspired by his surroundings. Peter is working alongside Jordanian opera singer and friend Zeina Barhoum, Somerset-based writers and singer/composer Tim Angel. Zeina has also contributed paintings to the exhibition and the book. The exhibition will move to the cloisters of Wells Cathedral in March for two weeks before the concert when Zeina and other soloists will sing with a massed choir of Somerset schoolchildren and adults Zeina Barhoum: she’ll be plus an orchestra, performing visiting Somerset at the end of Faure’s Requiem and a range October to attend the opening of of music from the Levant the exhibition and to meet some of the schoolchildren taking part and the West including some of her operatic arias. Tim is in the concert
Peter with some of the books he has published, including the new one, Impressions of Amman, which is linked to the exhibition and concert
arranging and composing some music. HRH Princess Muna (nee Tony Gardner who was King Hussein’s second wife and mother of King Abdullah) is patron of the project and concert which has won funding from the Arts Council of England. All royalties from the book will go to charities and arts projects working with refugees and displaced people in the UK, Jordan and Palestine. Last year, Zeina performed in the parish church in Pilton, raising £1,500 for a charity concert she will be giving in Lebanon in November, alongside refugee children. The concert is called “If Music be the food of Love” and is part of an awareness drive by the World Food Programme.
For details, visit Peter’s website www.peterlawrence.uk
RACHEL Mason, who is well known for teaching music and running choirs in our area, has been selected to be an expert judge for the brand new Sky1 show Sing: Ultimate a Cappella which started airing recently. The show stars Cat Deeley as the host and guest performers
have included The Vamps, Midge Ure and Gregory Porter. The show has already been nominated for a national television award. Rachel, who was brought up in Wrington and now lives in Yatton, has taught singing at local schools and worked with the local council and housing associations in the area to help the issue of loneliness among older Rachel Mason people in the community. One of her choirs, Euphoria, was invited to sing in Hollywood two years ago. She is also a songwriter and lyricist and contributed poems to an illustrated book about the Somerset countryside printed in 2012.
Details: www.rachelmasonmusic.com www.amplifychoir.co.uk
MENDIP TIMES • NOVEMBER 2017 • PAGE 111
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