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ISM sponsors the Concert for Afghanistan

The ISM is pleased to sponsor the Concert for Afghanistan, in aid of the International Rescue Committee’s appeal.

Following the recent surge in conflict and instability in Afghanistan, impacting the lives of the country’s entire population, world-renowned musicians and humanitarian charity the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are organising a concert for Afghanistan, on Friday 22 October, 7.30pm, at St James’s Church in Piccadilly, London. It will also be livestreamed globally.

The concert is a collaboration between violinist and ISM member, Enrico Alvares, and some of the finest classical musicians in the world. It will be hosted by Classic FM’s John Suchet, who will also be speaking about his time as an ITN reporter embedded with the Mujahadeen in the 1980s.

The programme will include Debbie Wiseman’s To Help, an anthem specially arranged for this concert; Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and violin in D Minor; Mozart’s Flute Concerto No 1 in G Major; Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor; and Mozart’s Symphony No 40 in G Minor. The soloists are Nicholas Daniel, Alina Ibragimova and Wissam Boustany.

In September, ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts wrote to the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, to ask him to ensure safe passage for musicians under threat in Afghanistan. The ISM has called on the Foreign Secretary to work to secure safe passage for musicians under threat in Afghanistan and to make a clear statement that nobody should be persecuted or considered a criminal for performing or listening to music.

Melanie Ward, UK Executive Director at the International Rescue Committee, said:

‘We are extremely grateful for all of the musicians dedicating their time and talent to this Concert for Afghanistan, as we are working relentlessly in Afghanistan to deliver urgent aid.

Children and their families in Afghanistan are facing multiple threats to their lives and wellbeing. As we were just celebrating the International Day of the Girl, a few days ago, we need to do everything we can to ensure Afghan girls can continue their education.

It is great to see music bringing people together for such an important cause.’

All proceeds from the concert will go directly to the International Rescue Committee, to help it with its work in Afghanistan.