Internationally acclaimed pianist Margaret Fingerhut is performing her concert. Far from the Home I Love, in aid of refugees in Derby, at the city’s Cathedral on March 15.
The history of classical music is full of composers who left their homelands because of war, political upheaval or fear of persecution.
Other composers who had to move country because of their work were arguably 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, which is being presented in association with the organisation City of Sanctuary is designed to give a cultural context to the theme of migration.
Her illuminating and varied programme includes works by Chopin, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.
Margaret has also specially commissioned a new piece by Arian, the Kurdish Syrian composer who wrote the stirring Refugee Nation Anthem for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
You can view the details of all the Far from the Home I Love concerts on Margaret’s Concert Diary page, on her website margaretfingerhut.co.uk and there is also more information on http://www.cityofsanctuary.org/farfromhome
Make sure you go along to the concert and help Margaret reach her target of raising £88,000 by the end of the year – that’s £1,000 for each of the 88 keys of the piano. You can also make a donation via her fundraising page http://www.givey.com/margaretfingerhut
Tickets for the Derby concert, which starts at 7pm, are available from http://www.derbylive.co.uk