The internationally acclaimed concert pianist and recording artist Margaret Fingerhut is set to play a charity fundraiser at Leicester Cathedral on Wednesday 13th March at 6.30pm. The Leicester concert, arranged by ArtReach (the producer of Journeys Festival International), will raise funds for Leicester City of Sanctuary, all profits raised will be donated to City of Sanctuary to continue their work with local refugee and asylum seekers.
The Revd Canon Karen Rooms of Leicester Cathedral told us about the event: “We’re really looking to build on the work done locally by Leicester City of Sanctuary and its partners, and the more recent art installation Suspended by Arabella Dorman. Suspended, which featured in the Cathedral as part of the ArtReach led Journeys Festival International Leicester in 2018 received over 20,000 visitors.
"The high visitor numbers to the art work, which was themed around the current migration crisis, clearly shows that there is a great deal of empathy within the city for the refugee and asylum seeker communities. This concert will raise funds for City of Sanctuary to continue their vital engagement with the refugee and asylum seeker communities. It’s wonderful that Margaret Fingerhut, a truly gifted pianist, is prepared to donate all of her time for free to raise funds as part of this national tour”.
Margaret Fingerhut is regarded as one of the UK's most distinguished pianists, and her career has taken her all over the world. Her many recordings have received worldwide critical acclaim, and her recent CD of encores Endless Song was Featured Album of the Week on Classic FM.
She has devised this special programme called Far from the Home I Love which she is taking on a national tour, playing 25 concerts over the coming year. The tour begins on the Isle of Wight, via Leicester on March 13th and ends in London in November. She has waived all fees in the hope of raising much needed funds for City of Sanctuary organisations across the UK.
Margaret told us: “My grandparents settled in the UK from the Ukraine, Poland and Ireland, so I have always been passionate about helping the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, never more so than today, given the climate of increasing hatred, intolerance and hostility. I wanted to find some unique way of raising awareness as well as funds for refugees, so I was very excited to come up with this idea.
"It struck me that many of the world’s greatest composers had to move from their homeland, either because of war or fear of persecution, or they simply migrated for their work. My concert, Far from the Home I Love, tells the stories in words and music about some of these composers. Their stories truly resonate with the current troubling attitudes towards refugees and those in exile.”
Maddie Smart, Executive Producer for Journeys Festival International said: “Our work with the Festival, which has been running for 7 years in Leicester, shows that there is a great deal of understanding of the difficulties this community faces when resettling in new locations. The work Leicester City of Sanctuary does across the city is a vital part of their integration and it’s wonderful that such a highly acclaimed musician is prepared to give so much of her time to this fundraising tour, that is aiming to raise £88,000 across the country.”
Supported by City of Sanctuary, ArtReach and Leicester Cathedral, amongst others, this fundraising concert will give much needed funds to this important initiative. At just £10 per ticket, it’s a great way to enjoy some world-class classical music whilst making our city a more welcoming place to live.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Leicester Cathedrals Facebook page or online here.