Fundraising concert in Glasgow for refugee charity

Nobuko Murakoshi

A classical music concert in support of Scottish Refugee Council will be held at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow on Friday 3 June.

The concert will raise funds to help men, women and children fleeing conflict and persecution in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea during the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

Solidarietà – the Italian for ‘solidarity’, which is the theme for this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland – is being hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

The concert is part of Refugee Festival Scotland (Tue 14 – 26 June 2016), which is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council and celebrates the contribution refugees make to Scotland’s cultural life and the welcome offered by local people.

Carlo Perotta, Consul General of Italy for Scotland and Northern Ireland, said:  “Last December, in a conference on the current refugee crisis held at Glasgow University, the Italian Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Pasquale Terracciano, promised we would support the Scottish Refugee Festival in 2016, a promise we have maintained by hosting this concert. We are also glad to learn that, after that, my French and German colleagues are also exploring ways to support Scottish Refugee Council for the excellent work they are doing.”

 Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, said: “I have worked with Scottish Refugee Council before in raising awareness of the destitution suffered by those whose asylum appeals fail and I am glad to support this initiative to raise funds for refugees fleeing danger and distress in their homelands and who find themselves in Scotland. It is important that we show ourselves to be a welcoming and compassionate nation towards those in need.”

John Wilkes, CEO of Scottish Refugee Council, said: “We welcome this fundraising concert as part of a year of support for Scottish Refugee Council by the Italian Cultural Institute, which was announced by His Excellency Pasquale Terracciano the Italian Ambassador to the UK, at a speech at Glasgow University last year. This much needed help will support our work with the men, women and children who come to this country seeking a safe haven. 

“Scotland has a proud history of welcoming refugees and Scots have shown solidarity to refugees over the last year in response to the unprecedented global humanitarian crisis.

“The money raised by this concert will help us stay at the heart of Scotland’s response to the refugee crisis.”

Solidarietà features acclaimed piano and violin duo Ani Martirossian, from Armenia, and Nobuko Murakoshi, from Japan.

The programme includes Schubert’s Ave Maria and pieces by Khaciaturian, Armenian composers Babagianian and Bagdassarian.

How to attend

Solidarietà – Summer Evening of Classical Music, Friday 3 June, 7.30pm-8.30pm, at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Cathedral House, 90 Dunlop St, Glasgow, G1 4ER. Tickets cost £10 and ALL funds go towards supporting refugees in Scotland. Book tickets online now.