Converging Cultures

International Public Online Masterclass with Richard Durrant and Naseer Shamma

29th – 30th May 2021

Are you a guitar or oud student, amateur musician, teacher or a music lover?  If so, join us for Converging Cultures – a unique weekend of masterclasses, discussions presentations and performances, with Richard Durrant (Guitar) and Naseer Shamma (Oud).

The two day Masterclass will allow you to extend and refine your musicianship, understand the nature of evolving identities, explore converging and diverging cultures and their respective instruments and discover how musical influences intertwine to create the music we hear. 

Open to all music lovers, whether active Masterclass participants or auditors! Auditors will be able to listen to all the classes and debates and field questions.  

Organised by PalMusic UK in conjunction with Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine (ESNCM) and Trinity Laban (London). The weekend will end with an online concert featuring Richard Durrant, Simon Shaheen and poet Rafeef Ziadeh in a major fundraising drive to support the ESNCM in Palestine, which continues to thrive despite very difficult circumstances.  


Please note the Participant fee is £50 per person, however you will not be asked to pay anything until you have been notified of acceptance to the Masterclass. Application Deadline for participants 20th May.

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Apply here to be an Auditor of our two day Masterclass.  Auditors receive access as a viewer to all Masterclasses, presentations, discussions and performances within the two day Masterclass.

Auditor Weekend Pass £15 (listen to all classes, discussions on 29 & 30 May 2021)

Auditor Day Pass £10 (listen to all classes and discussions on 29 or 30 May 2021)

Please note the Virtual Concert on the Sunday evening is a separate cost that is not included in your Auditor pass. 

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