Photographer Jonathan Stewart and I attended the rehearsal and ‘Concert for Afghanistan‘ this afternoon. The event had been organised by violinist Enrico Alvarez and was to be compered by John Suchet in the historic surroundings of St James’s, Piccadilly.
The performance was in aid of the work by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), which was founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein. The current President and CEO of the IRC is David Miliband and the Committee helps people affected by humanitarian crises to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.
The programme included:
Debbie Wiseman’s “To Help” (World Premiere)
Bach Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor with Nicholas Daniel, oboe, Alina Ibragimova, violin
Mozart Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major with Wissam Boustany, flute
Marcello Oboe Concerto in D Minor with Nicholas Daniel, oboe
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor with conductor David Murphy
The orchestra, led by violinist David Juritz, will consist of members and ex-members of top orchestras, including Academy of St Martin in the Fields, National Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Chineke! and the London Symphony Orchestra.