7:30pm, Friday 21st May 2021
NW Live Arts are thrilled to announce the first concert in their music and place series at Salvation Army
Hall, 10-16 Haverstock Hill, NW3 2BL


The Belonging concert marks the culmination of a three-part project exploring identity and our sense of
place in the world. Christina McMaster (piano), Toby Carr (lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar), Attab
Haddad (oud), Antonio Romero (percussion) will perform an imaginative programme for this unusual
combination of instruments ranging from contemporary music to familiar and less familiar classical
music, middle eastern music as well as improvisations and a new piece for this unique ensemble.
Interwoven with the music are readings from Write to Life, the acclaimed writing and performance
group from Freedom from Torture. Together with the musicians they celebrate the distinctive nature of
each individual contribution, and the special magic that happens when many traditions come together.
NW Live Arts has been building a new musical culture in North-West London for over a year, bringing
together both established and emerging young musicians from Classical and World music backgrounds
to explore social themes which are relevant to participants and our core and wider audience through
cross genre programmes of music, words and other art forms.
The programme includes early music by Dowland, Scarlatti and Lully, solo piano works by Satie and Bach
alongside contemporary works by Birtwistle, Fasil Say, Ligeti and a new work by Attab Haddad. Also featuring inspiring improvisations, the theme of the evening will be enhanced further readings of poetry
created by refugee participants of a community workshop led by artist, Sheila Hayman.
The creative workshops, with Freedom from Torture’s Write to Life creative group, gave an
opportunity for refugees to get involved in this concert. Throughout April 2021, participants were
invited to develop their poetry on the theme of belonging with the help of celebrated writer and filmmaker Sheila Hayman. The participants met with the musicians to co-curate how the readings of their
work will feature alongside the music performed on 21st May.
Alongside the concert and community project NW Live Arts have also been seeking submissions from
the public to an online project, #AsYouSeeIt 2. Audiences were invited to share their creative response
to the theme of ‘belonging’ and submit drawings, paintings, words, photos, or something to show what
‘belonging’ means to them. NW Live musicians then selected a handful of images which really inspired
them, responding to these pictures with a short-improvised performance. Their performances have
been filmed and shared on social media in split screen alongside their chosen pictures.