VENUE- Private home in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Over the past twenty years the committee has gone from strength to strength supporting over 300 Jewish students in Former Yugoslavia who could not have continued their studies without funds raised by these remarkable women. In return for receiving a scholarship each student is obliged to play an active part in the Jewish life of their community. As a result the Jewish communities in Serbia and Bosnia have been regenerated with new life and enthusiasm.
CONNECTIONS’ Annual Musical Evening is the highlight of its fundraising calendar, and the committee is delighted to welcome back the highly acclaimed Barbican Piano Trio. In addition one of their talented musical students, Masa Babic, will be coming from Belgrade to perform on the evening as a gesture of her gratitude to Connections and all its loyal supporters.
“I will never forget the compassion and involvement shown by ladies from Connections, who truly were my greatest benefactors in a seemingly hopeless situation.”
The recital will be followed by a delicious supper – something Connections has become renowned for!
The Barbican Piano Trio is regarded as one of the UK's leading ensembles with a reputation for stimulating performances, breadth of repertoire and exceptional audience rapport. The trio have won a string of musical awards and have performed across four continents, over 25 years. They have graciously earned support from The British Council during their tours in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyztan, the Far East and South America as well as in Bulgaria, Italy and Spain. CONNECTIONS are thrilled to welcome this established and remarkable trio.
Masa Babic’s determination and passion for music has been evident throughout her journey through music school, and ongoing performances at music festivals, where she has performed and won many piano national and international awards and honours. One of Masa’s personal favourite performances was at the music festival in Marseilles (2008), where she won first prize and was invited to perform at the Atheneum Theatre, Bucharest. At the invitation of conductor Christian Klett she has also participated at "International Orchestral Academy Stari Grad" and has performed Jewish traditional music with "Braća Baruh" choir on many occasions. Amongst winning awards, Masa is also employed at “Josip Slavenki”, one of Belgrade’s music schools. Masa is sure to delight and inspire on 21st June.