Manchester International Festival – MIF 2019: BELLS FOR PEACE

Fantastic to see Manchester talking about peace, together with Yoko Ono as part of MIF19. Our lovely facilitators Sanja Govorćin and Emmanuela Yogolelo talk about what peace means to them and why music is important in this film about the event on BBCiplayer. Have a watch!


We were so delighted to be invited into the BBC 6 Music Studio at Media City in Salford to talk about our work as part of Mary Ann Hobbs weekend breakfast show’s ‘Designs for Life’ series.


You can listen here:


BBC Symphony Orchestra & BBC Singers perform with our Everyday People Ensemble


Our Everyday People:LDN group of teenagers who have witnessed and escaped war in their home country, stood at the front of the BBC’s Maida Vale Studio, and led an amazing performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Singers! …. Read More


  BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 

Music has the amazing power to heal wounds from post-war PTSD and torture, which is what our programme, Harmonise, is all about. Find out more about what our creative director Lis Murphy, facilitator Emmanuela Yogolelo, and music therapist Toni Beardsall have to share about their experiences with the programme here:  Read More 


“At first, he was afraid to sing, now it’s helping him heal his emotional wounds”

by Tai Gooden
In 2011, Alexander* was arrested and tortured for protesting in his home country of Iran. (*Name changed.)
He fled to England with his wife and children and applied for refugee status. But even though he and his family were safe, he was still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
Then, something unexpected changed the course of his life … Read More


War, Refugee Week, and the Healing Power of Music

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week of World Refugee Day on the 20th of June. In the midst of the current refugee crisis, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities…Read More



Muslim rapper sends message of love to young urban Jews


Music Action International facilitator Mohammed Yahya uses hip-hop to bring youth from both religions together to learn about each other’s faiths.

When Mohammed Yahya converted to Islam he “didn’t know about the tensions” that existed between his new religion and Judaism. On being told, he put his naivety to good use and vowed to create an “alternative narrative”. Read More


Pianist Ivana Gavrić talks about her work with Music Action International

The Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra is preparing a new treat, which will slowly introduce us to winter. Mendelssohn’s repertoire will include his famous piano concerts, and for the first time, at least as far as his professional career is concerned, Ivana Gavrić will perform. 

For over two decades, this talented and award-winning pianist has lived and worked in London, where she completed her music studies. She has performed all over the world and has not been in Sarajevo since she was 11 years old. For Liberation she talks about her beginnings, her career, her life in London and her return to Sarajevo. Read More


We have also featured on: BBC Radio 1, Huffington Post, Metro, Manchester Evening News, The Big Issue, Now Then and Strad Magazine.  

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