A Night of Oriental & Western Fusion Music.
Back by popular demand, the British Lebanese Association is proud to present Guy Manoukian live in concert performing his greatest and a selection of new hits. The opening of the evening features the music of Dana Al Fardan, for the first time in London, performed by artists from the Peace and Prosperity Trust.
The Lebanese musician, composer and pianist has been a key musical player on the international scene for over a decade. In that time his fusion of oriental themes with modern arrangements has taken him all over the world, selling out concerts in Singapore, Cairo, Dubai, Los Angeles, Yerevan, Beirut & Sydney (the Opera House) and in the US where he has worked with the biggest names in the industry.
Guy Manoukian started playing classical piano at the age of four. He appeared on television when he was six years old and a year later he performed at the Presidential Palace in Lebanon. He started composing music at the age of seven, winning the first competition he entered. In 2014 to great acclaim, Manoukian released his ground breaking and subsequently chart-topping album Nomad.
Dana Al Fardan
Dana Al Fardan is a Qatari composer and songwriter. Dana discovered her musical interests at an early age; she recalls that at around the age of eight she was distracted in school by her interest in composing a response to Beethoven’s celebrated Für Elise. Since childhood, she has developed her music by experimenting with vocal interpretations of her own and others’ compositions, while noting that her enduring experience with music has remained the composition of melodies and lyrics.
Dana’s first album Paint was composed during her pregnancy with daughter Layla, who inspired the name of the final song of the collection. Among other musicians, 12 string players from the London Metropolitan Orchestra were employed by producer Tim Baxter to fulfil the vision for the album, which was mastered at Abbey Road studios.
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, in association with DNA Records, presented Layla at the Katara Opera House in 2015 as an interpretation of Dana Al Fardan’s first album including popular songs ‘Paint’, ‘Pride of a Nation’, and ‘Layla’, along with some of her new compositions. Dana describes the album as being about introspection: ‘It is about looking inside yourself and uncovering the different layers of paint that make up the whole. It is about personal growth. It seeks to resolve the conflict between self preservation and self awareness.’
The British Lebanese Association
The British Lebanese Association was established in 1984 to encourage friendship and understanding between the people of Great Britain and Lebanon and to advance and encourage cultural development between the two countries. Today the British Lebanese Association is the most prominent organisation of its type. It’s scholarship fund provides vital support for Lebanese students wanting to pursue post graduate studies in the UK. The Association also supports charities concerned with disadvantaged young people in the Lebanon.
With regard to its cultural activities, the Association counts amongst its patrons of its events: HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Kent, the wife of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, the Lebanese Ambassador to the Court of St James (also the Association’s President) and Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. Amongst its many exclusive events over the past 30 years has been the bringing of Fairuz to London (twice), the first ever performance of Mozart’s ‘lost’ opera Il Pastore and the sell out Majida El Roumi concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Peace and Prosperity Trust
Through the universal language of music and performing arts and by promoting young artists from the Middle East and the Western World, the Peace and Prosperity Trust raises awareness and funds for charitable projects in the Middle East and for its young artists. The Peace and Prosperity Trust is a UK registered charity, whose Royal Patron is the HRH The Duke of Gloucester. It was established in 1995 by Founding Trustee Rajai Khouri with the help of HRH Princess Dina Addul-Hamid Al Aoun of Jordan, Mrs Barbel Albert Abela, Dr David Sambar and a group of Arab, European and American personalities. The Trust has produced many concerts in which its young artists have performed, last of which were at Cadogan Hall, Kensington Palace and the Savoy Hotel. Last December, five young artists from London and two from Beirut participated in the Trust’s Christmas concert in Beirut with the Beirut Chants Festival. Two of the young artists, whom the Trust is promoting, are participating in this concert.
Concert produced in collaboration with AM Management & Productions, the Peace and Prosperity Trust, Hamazkayin & the Lebanese Festival day.