Performance by, Soprano, Zeina Barhoum – Alcantara
Ebenezer is delighted to welcome Zeina Barhoum, star soprano from Jordan, for a unique evening celebrating her gloriously eclectic repertoire. Accompanied by pianist Rachel Knoedler, Zeina will share Puccini, famous French chansons and the joys of Arabic folksong.
Zeina is more usually seen at grander venues – Kensington Palace twice of late, and this is a special opportunity to experience her fill Ebenezer’s intimate venue with song, warmth and charm.
This special evening is only possible because of Arts Council subsidy for the beautiful multi-charity, multi-discipline project of Alcantara.
Alcantara means bridge. Through a book, art exhibitions, and Zeina’s perfomances, Alcantara combines the art of Peter Lawrence, Zeina’s own paintings, and the work of writers from Europe and the Levant.
The project is sponsored both by the Arts Council and by Princess Muna al-Hussein, the mother of King Abdullah of Jordan. All proceeds from the book go to three refugee charities assisting Syrian refugees in the UK and Jordan.
Some of Peter Lawrence's inspired Alcantara artworks – on loan overnight from the Bishop’s Palace – will be on display at Ebenezer and the remarkable, culture-bridging book will be on sale.
Zeina Barhoum is a Jordanian of Palestinian descent, classically trained in Rome. Her first album, Alcantara, focuses on bridging cultures via the universality of music. Drawing on the classical Western repertoire and her Eastern musical heritage, Zeina's vocal range and wide sensibility have delighted audiences worldwide, at Vienna's Hofberg, Rome's Campidoglio, London's Kensington Palace & Cadogan Hall. Recently, she has been the star of the Amman Opera Festival, the first ever such event in the Arab world.
Rachel Knoedler is Somerset-born and from a family of musicians. After a degree in Classics from Oxford, she turned to music. Her career ranges from playing with a wild rock band in London to accompanying the Hejaz Chorus in Jeddah. She played at diplomatic events in Saudi Arabia. Home once more, she now teaches piano locally and plays regularly at Bath’s Pump Room and the Bath Spa Hotel.