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The Orchestra Of Syrian musicians features musicians forced to flee their country by the war, most of whom now live in Britain as refugees. They performed both traditional Arabic music and contemporary compositions as well as two songs with Damon Albarn who previously showcased the orchestra’s talents on tour with the Gorillaz, on recorded tracks and on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians was formed by Africa Express, which was founded in 2006 to promote the concept of musical collaboration that breaks down boundaries and borders, whether between geographical regions, genres or generations. It has hosted a series of remarkable adventures that have won praise from artists, audiences and critics alike. These include five trips bringing together artists in Africa, four acclaimed albums and a series of inventive and highly-original shows in Britain, Europe and Africa.