Uplifting, happy, humorous, dramatic and ALL in a good cause

There’s a very special concert being staged at The Stables Theatre later this month called Far from the Home I Love featuring internationally renowned pianist Margaret Fingerhut.

Described by Gramophone magazine as a pianist of ‘consummate skill and thrilling conviction’, she has a distinguished career which has taken her all over the world. She is particularly known for her innovative recital programmes in which she explores what are described as ‘the highways and byways’ of the piano repertoire and she’ll be taking to the stage of The Stables on April 21st.

For 2019 Margaret has embarked on a very special piano recital series, working with City of Sanctuary to raise money to support refugees in the UK and supporting refugees here in Hastings is Hastings Community of Sanctuary.

The local group made the headlines recently when former Chilean refugee Rossana Leal received a Woman of the Year award in recognition of her pioneering work with the Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Project which brings together a community of more than 100 East Sussex locals with refugees newly arrived in the country.

It’s to help to support that kind of work – undertaken by Rosanna and her colleagues – that Margaret Fingerhut’s concert at the Stables is taking place, part of a 28 date tour which began in February and runs through until November. Margaret Has set herself a target of raising £88,000 by the end of the year – equivalent to £1,000 for each of the 88 keys on a piano keyboard – if you can’t make it to the concert you can still make a donation via her fundraising page http://www.givey.com/margaretfingerhut

Margaret explains: “The history of classical music is full of composers who left their homelands because of war, political upheaval or fear of persecution. Other composers had to move country because of their work were no less homesick.

“This concert tells the stories of some of these composers through their piano music. They resonate with the current climate of troubling attitudes towards refugees and those in exile. Far from the Home I Love is designed to give a cultural context to the theme of migration;” she says

Screen Shot 2019-04-09 at 14.08.10Margaret’s illuminating and varied programme includes works by Chopin, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov and she has also specially commissioned a new piece by Arian, the Kurdish Syrian composer who wrote the Refugee Nation Anthem for the 2016 Olympics.

“My grandparents settled here from the Ukraine, Poland and Ireland, so I have always been passionate about helping the plight of refugees and asylum seekers,” says Margaret, “never more so than today, given the climate of increasing hatred, intolerance and hostility.

Screen Shot 2019-04-09 at 14.08.37“I wanted to find some unique way of raising awareness as well as funds for refugees, so I was very excited to come up with this idea. It struck me that the landscape of classical music would be very different if composers had not been allowed to migrate. Many of the world’s best-loved composers had to move from their homeland, either because of war or fear of persecution, or they simply migrated for their work. My concert Far from the Home I Love, tells the stories in words and music about some of these composers.

“Their stories truly resonate with the current troubling attitudes towards refugees and those in exile.”

She explains that she has selected all the pieces she will play for their association with the theme of migration, exile and homesickness: “…the programme I have devised is by no means just sad! The music I have chosen is also uplifting, happy, even humorous, as well as dramatic, heroic and virtuoso. I’m going to be playing popular pieces by Chopin, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, and I’m especially thrilled to have commissioned a beautiful new piece by Moutaz Arian, the Kurdish Syrian composer who wrote the stirring Refugee National Anthem for the 2016 Olympics.”

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