Education

Oud lessons in London

Are you interested in learning oud? I teach Arabic and Turkish traditions as part of my role at SOAS, University of London. Feel free to get in touch and arrange a consultation lesson.

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Compositions

Live TV Broadcast, BBC Persian

An opportunity to present one of my own compositions, Acem Kurdi Saz Semai, live for the BBC, with a mysteriously dramatic background – not really in line with the melancholy of the piece! Please contact me if you would like a copy of the score.  

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Education

Workshop in Arabic music

In 2020, students taking the IGCSE in Music will have a special focus on Arab music. For this reason I was invited to the City of London School for Girls to provide a workshop and presentation for students and teachers. I created a PowerPoint demonstration bringing to life the syllabus, Read more…

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Events

Oudmigrations concerts

Oudmigrations is a research project dedicated to the journeys of ouds, their histories, and the stories attached to their makers, players, and owners. The first Oudmigrations concert series took place in Rome, thanks to the generous support of ISMEO (Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente) and hosting by the Biblioteca Vallicelliana. They explored Read more…

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Compositions

Sing no Sad Songs for Me (Italiano)

Un “Liederkreis” tra il Tamigi e il Bosforo Sonorità lontane tessute con ricordi di donne Poesie di Christina Rossetti Musiche di Rachel Beckles Willson Musicisti: Rachel Beckles Willson (voce, oud), Ciro Montanari (tabla), Kostas Tsarouchis (contrabbasso), Evgenios Voulgaris (yayli tanbur) ‘Sing no Sad Songs for Me’ nasce dall’incontro tra la poesia Read more…

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Compositions

Sing no Sad Songs for Me

A song-cycle connecting the Bosphorus and the Thames – resonances woven through the memories of women  Poetry by Christina Rossetti Music by Rachel Beckles Willson Performers: Rachel Beckles Willson (vocals, oud), Ciro Montanari (tabla), Kostas Tsarouchis (double bass), Evgenios Voulgaris (yayli tanbur) ‘Sing no Sad Songs for Me’ connects the Read more…

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Sing no Sad Songs for Me

Ein Liederkreis, der den Bosporus und die Themse verbindet – Resonanzen gewebte durch die Erinnerungen von Frauen Poesie von Christina Rossetti Musik von Rachel Beckles Willson Musiker: Rachel Beckles Willson (Gesang, Oud), Ciro Montanari (Tabla), Kostas Tsarouchis (Kontrabass), Evgenios Voulgaris (Yayli Tanbur) „Sing no Sad Songs for Me“ verbindet die modalen Musiktraditionen Read more…

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Education

Today is Good!

I moved to Sicily in May 2017, in order to work as a volunteer with Francesco in with various educational projects for asylum-seekers. We were keen to work with unaccompanied minors, and were trained to be legal gaurdians. Alongside this legal and pastoral work we have put on a series Read more…

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