Friday, January 26, 2007

Musicians play for Burma relief

Maureen Lipman will introduce a concert at the Royal College of Music, South Kensington, London on Thursday 1st February at 7.30pm.

The military junta in Burma continues to commit numerous atrocities: forced labour, suppression of democracy, ethnic cleansing, rape as an instrument of policy, burning of villages, conscription of child soldiers, laying of landmines, torture of political prisoners. Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate, has spent eleven of the past 17 years under house arrest. Over a million Burmese have been forced into exile, and over a million are internally displaced within Burma.

On February 1st a dazzling line-up of classical musicians will play to raise funds to support Burmese refugees and the internally displaced people (IDP’s). Pianists Martin Cousin and Simon Crawford-Phillips; violinists Andrew Haveron and Ruth Rogers; Lawrence Power (viola), Katherine Jenkinson (cello), Thomas Hull (clarinet) and Morgan Szymanski(guitar) are all giving their talent for this important cause. The programme includes Sibelius Malinconia Opus 20 and Shostakovich Two Preludes for viola and piano; Sofia Gubaidulina “Dance on a Tightrope” for violin and piano; Shostakovich “Allegretto” from Piano Trio No2 in E Minor, opus 67; Piazzolla “History of the Tango” for violin and guitar; Mozart “Larghetto” from Clarinet Quintet K581 and Mendelssohn “Allegro moderato ma con fuoco” from Octet opus 20. Maureen Lipman will perform a monologue and will introduce a Karen and a Karenni (ethnic minorities
in Burma).
Tickets £15 unreserved from the Royal College of Music Box Office on 020 7591 4314

Ruth Rogers is a real talent - she has supported Hand in Hand for Asia in the past and is worth seeing.

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