Refugee Week

I have a couple of gigs in the lead up to June 17th and I am very much looking forward to them, but the main focus of June 2018 will be Refugee Week.

Play for Progress has put together a really cool series of events and I wanted to share them with you.

If you can get along to any of them, it would be lovely to see you. I’ve also up dated my gig list and am really pleased to say that I have been back in the studio and am aiming to have a harp based EP out before the end of the year. Who know…… maybe just in time for Christmas 😉

Be well and travel safe x



Spring & Summer Public Events 2018

REFUGEE WEEK (17 to 13 June, 2018)

Play for Progress launches Refugee Week at the V&A

Sunday, 17 June, 2018: 2-5pm @ The Victoria & Albert Museum

Come enjoy performances and workshops lead by Play for Progress to launch Counterpoint Arts’ Refugee Week at the V&A. Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.


Join in a workshop led by unaccompanied child refugees and asylum seekers working with Play for Progress, a London-based charity that delivers therapeutic and educational music programmes for children impacted by conflict. Explore your own possibilities in music, work with the team, and meet some of PFP’s outstanding students to better understand the nature of connection through music. Open to all – no previous music training necessary!

13:30-14:15 and 15:30-16:15 @ Clore Study Area. Free, booking essential.


Come to the Globe space to hear works written by Play for Progress tutors and arranged specifically for their pupils, unaccompanied child refugees and asylum seekers, that feature the multi-cultural nature of the PFP family.

14:30-15:00 and 16:30-17:00 @ The Globe Space. Free, just drop in!

Play for Progress Presents: Music & Poetry from Ruth Padel and Anna MacDonald

Monday, 18 June 2018 : 7-9pm @ Poplar Union

An evening of poetry and music surrounding the human journey of migration with award winning poet and writer Ruth Padel and musician Anna MacDonald. The evening will examine why we migrate through poetry and song, and all proceeds will go towards Play For Progress. For tickets and more information please visit Poplar Union online:

Play for Progress Presents: An evening of conversation with Maya Youssef.

Tuesday, 19th June 2018: 7-9pm @ The Hospital Club As part of Refugee Week* members event programme Play for Progress, our 2017 h.Club 100 Philanthropic Award winner presents an ‘In conversation with Maya Youssef; humanist and proclaimed queen of the qanun, the traditional Middle Eastern plucked zither’.

Join award winning Maya Youssef in conversation with Play for Progress’s Anna MacDonald while they discuss how music can alleviate the effects of trauma experienced by refugee children. Based around Maya’s Seven Gates of Damascus Project and Play for Progress’s ongoing work with the RCUK Children Section the conversation will focus around how the creative community can contribute to this healing.

Play for Progress Presents: Rookes Workshop & Performance

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 : 7-9pm @ Poplar Union

Join Play for Progress for an interactive workshop and performance from indie-pop musician and #AllyInArt Rookes. Rookes will demystify the world of music looping from the ground up before demonstrating its many uses in her own incredible music making. For tickets and more information please visit Poplar Union online:

Play for Progress presents:Rookes Workshop & Performance


Guilty Feminist Podcast Live Recording
Friday 1 June, 2018 : from 7pm @ Southbank

Play for Progress has been selected as the sponsored charity for this event! All proceeds go to us, so please spread the feminist and non profit word and get over to the Southbank. Please enquire with PFP directly for tickets by emailing Anna at

Panel on Uniting the Arts in Solidarity with Vulnerable Communities

Thursday 21 June, 2018 : Time/Location TBC

Play for Progress is determined to unite the arts industry in solidarity with refugees and streamline the volunteer effort to make integration and combating isolation easier for vulnerable young people. Join us and a panel of leading artists, activists, and policy makers for an in depth discussion about how we can achieve this. Please enquire with PFP directly for tickets by emailing Anna at



Saturday 23 June 2018 : 7-9pm @ Poplar Union

In culmination of Refugee Week, Djanan Turan, one of Play for Progress’ #AlliesInArt will celebrate cultural identities in a night of music, dancing, and food from around the world in order to raise funds and awareness of their continuing support of young refugee musicians. For tickets and more information please visit Poplar Union online:


Wednesday July 18, 2018 : 4-9 pm @ Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Town Hall

Our end of year showcase at town hall! The whole of the RCUK attend, staff and kids included. We’ll perform all of the pieces we performed throughout the year, feature performances by all instrument groups/studios, and bring together the full Play for Progress family of support for a glorious evening of community celebration. Don’t miss it!



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