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/ 2 February 2018

Concert for refugees at St James’s, Piccadilly

A Central London Church is to host an evening of words and music as part of its ongoing appeal to support the work of the Starfish Foundation.

Starfish are a charity dedicated to helping refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos with essential, lifesaving provisions, including shelter, food and clothes.

The concert follows the successful launch of a fund raising appeal by St James’s Church Piccadilly on behalf of the Starfish Foundation shortly before Christmas, and will feature contributions from musicians and speakers drawn from the Christian, Islamic and Jewish Traditions, including:

· Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir
· Revd Lucy Winkett – soprano
· Patrick Craig – countertenor
· Basel Saleh – oud
· Mohammad Saleh – qanun
· Omran Zein – percussion
· Edward Cross – cantor
· Malcolm Hicks – organ
· Jeremy Gilley – founder of Peace One Day
· Gulwali Passarley – author of The Lightless Sky: My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee

The concert will take place in the presence of Suspended, an art installation by Arabella Dorman and which currently hangs above the nave of St James’s Church.

The installation serves as the sequel to Arabella’s previous work Flight and is comprised of the contents of 27 boxes of clothes, salvaged from refugee camps in Lesbos, and hung from the nave of St James’s in a dramatic display.

The title was chosen to reflect the fact that for refugees, their lives are ‘suspended’ in limbo, unable to go home and unable to move forward.

The installation has attracted significant praise and attention from around the world, and has been described by the New York Times as “the most talked-about contemporary artwork in London right now”.

Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector at St James’s Church said:

“I am delighted that Suspended has attracted so much positive attention, and helped to raise awareness of the appalling situation faced by refugees fleeing war and persecution.

The work of the Starfish Foundation is of immense humanitarian importance, and our concert on their behalf promises to be a poignant and inspirational experience.”

The concert will take place on Thursday, 8th February at 7.30pm.

If you are interested in attending, you can purchase a ticket via this link.

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