“On July 16th there’s a great concert at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre in case you'd be interested in featuring it in your blog. The three organisers - of which I’m one - see ourselves as three musketeers, of Christian, Muslim and Buddhist persuasions. We’ve created ‘Musituality - Music in the Spirit of Harmony’ - it aims to build on the success of last year's sell-out concert in Birmingham Cathedral. This year we’re part of this year’s Moseley Festival.
* Aa'shiq al-Rasul fuse classical Indian beats with contemporary Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds, becoming the UK's most versatile band in the Muslim music scene. They have performed on stages as diverse as the Glastonbury Festival and Symphony Hall and have toured many countries throughout the world. Their album's have been widely praised and well received - the latest, Majesty, is in shops now.
"a spiritually uplifting experience" Radio Dawah
* St Marys Schola present an ethereal blend of vocal harmony ranging from the transcendent, pristine polyphony of master Renaissance Composer Thomas Tallis, right through centuries of rich choral tradition to the tonal warmth of the modern day John Rutter.
“an instant rapport with their audience” B13 Magazine
* Solo pianist Rich Batsford performs his own meditative and beguiling compositions that feature gorgeous melody, harmony and insistent rhythm drawing comparisons with Eric Satie and Keith Jarrett.
"Utterly spell-binding” Birmingham Post
"Through creating contemporary, positive and reflective music Aa'shiq al-Rasul intend to increase people's understanding of one another to help build social bridges globally whilst working with all faiths and cultures towards sharing a message of peace, love and hope."
Amran Ellahi - Aa'shiq al-Rasul Founder and Musituality co-organiser
Also, myself and Olivia Moore - a very talented Indian-influenced violinist and member of the Manchester Triratna Sangha - are planning a series of concerts together at other Buddhist centres around the country in the future. We’d love to hear from anyone in any Sangha who is interested in hosting or helping organise a concert. Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please also note you can listen to my album of meditative piano music on my website at www.richbatsford.com
best wishes and much metta