Last year internationally acclaimed pianist Margaret Fingerhut raised an incredible £82,000 for City of Sanctuary, visiting 32 cities across the UK with a unique piano recital ‘Far From the Home I Love’
On Friday 5th June 2020, 8pm, Margaret will be performing her fundraising finale live-streamed over Facebook to reach her target of £88,000 (£1k for each piano key on a standard piano) to support the work of City of Sanctuary.
Her online concert includes collaborations with viola player
Raghad Haddad from the National Syrian Orchestra and singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher from the Stories of Sanctuary project, alongside special guests violinist Peter Fisher and musician, composer, singer and Oud soloist Arian Hu.
There is a suggested donation of £5 for attending the live-streamed concert:
People seeking sanctuary in the U.K have been particularly hard hit during the Covid crisis, with many unable to access accommodation or support and those on limited support and in shared accommodation unable to self-isolate.
All funds raised go to support the work of City of Sanctuary creating a culture of welcome for those seeking sanctuary.
Margaret has also made a recording of the solo piano piece ‘Memories from My Land’ which she commissioned for her series from the Kurdish refugee composer, Moutaz Arian.
This beautiful and haunting piece is available to downloaded as a charity track single on:
‘Far From the Home I Love’
Margaret’s recital draws upon the stories and music of composers who had to leave their homelands because of war or persecution, or who moved country because of their work, her unique programme gave a powerfully emotional context to the theme of migration and resonated with the current troubling attitudes towards refugees and those in exile.
Reactions to Far From the Home I Love from across the country:
“A truly wonderful and inspiring evening. The music and words conveyed so much and made so many connections for so many people. There have been many many positive comments – wonderful, outstanding, moving, informative, amazing, beautiful, powerful – to share just a few”
“A hugely moving gig. It really was a privilege to be in the presence of such an accomplished performer and humanitarian whose exquisite piano playing and story telling so tear-jerkingly evoked the heartache of exile.”
“Thank you so much for giving us such a marvelous concert. It was a wonderful evening, and we have heard many positive comments. Your programme was both illuminating and very moving and will have resonated with many in the audience. It was a powerful combination of beautiful music and awareness-raising of the plight of those seeking sanctuary”