20th November

Maya Youssef

This event was streamed live online. You can catch the concert again on our Facebook page or below.

Now based in the UK, Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘queen of the qanun,’ the 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither. Maya’s intense and thoughtful music is rooted in the Arabic classical tradition but forges pathways into jazz, Western classical and Latin styles. It explores the emotional and healing qualities of music. For her, the act of playing music is the opposite of death and destruction; it is a life- and hope-affirming act and an antidote to what is happening, not only in Syria, but in the whole world.


Listen to Maya explaining why – to her – music is “the opposite of death”
“The Sound of Syria” BBC Four Thought