Brighton Festival 2019Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Stile Antico and Rihab Azar

Songs of Longing and Exile

(UK / Syria)

Multiple award-winning early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico joins with remarkable Syrian oud performer Rihab Azar for a unique collaboration inspired by the challenges faced by today's refugees and migrants. Poet Peter Oswald has written new texts based on migrant testimonies to fit English Rennaissance composer John Dowland's Lachrimae pavans, sung by the 12-strong group. Between these settings, Azar, who is strongly influenced by her Syrian and Arabic roots, plays her own semi-improvised pieces, before she unites with Stile Antico for the premiere of a new work specially written for these performers by Giles Swayne.

Fri 17 May, 8.30pm
£20, Festival Standby £10*