Schools Concerts with Ensemble Zohra

On Thursday 14 March the Faculty, in partnership with the Orchestra of St John’s, are inviting schools across Oxfordshire to enjoy the extraordinary music and story of Ensemble Zohra, the first Afghan Women’s Orchestra, as they join us for two Schools Concerts at the Wesley Memorial Church.

The concerts will run at 1pm and 2.30pm and will include an introduction to the traditional instruments of Afghanistan guided by renowned ethnomusicologists Professor John Baily and Veronica Doubleday.

Audiences will also be able to enjoy the rich musical history of Afghanistan in a lecture-recital given by John Baily, Veronica Doubleday and Ensemble Zohra at the Holywell Music Room on Wednesday 13 March. Find out more about this event here.

These concerts forms part of our Sounds of South Asia series and a week-long residency for Ensemble Zohra. Led by postdoctoral researcher, Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, the residency combines side-by-side performances with the Orchestra of St John’s, Oxford University and Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra musicians, with panel discussions on women’s musical education in Afghanistan, schools’ concerts and other special events.

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