SOAS University of London

SOAS staff and students perform at British Council’s Going Global Conference 2017

6 June 2017

Students and staff from the Department of Music at SOAS University of London performed at the opening of the Going Global Conference 2017, held in Westminster on 22 May.

Going Global

Photo above: Staff and students at Going Global. Photo by David Adamson

Dr Angela Impey, Associate Head of Music, won the bid to produce a series of performances for the opening Plenary. Set against rolling images of global cityscapes selected from the SOAS student photography competition, the performances were beautifully executed by seven top performers from the Music Department, under the musical direction of the celebrated Anglo-Banglashi jazz keyboard player, Kishon Khan.

The SOAS students and staff performing were:
·      Suman Joshi, (Acoustic Double Bass)
·      Sanju Sahai (Tabla)
·      Maya Youssef (Kanun)
·      Hyelim Kim (Korean Taegun flute)
·      Kadialy Kouyate (West African Kora)
·      Morgan Davies (South Asian Sarangi)
·      Great Lekakul (Thai Pii Chawa)

Dr Impey said: “Inspired by the conference’s theme ‘Global cities: connecting talent, driving change’, the performances comprised a series of semi-improvised dialogues, which showcased instruments from Syria, India, South Korea, Thailand, West Africa and Europe. These conversations aimed to draw attention to London’s rich cultural tapestry and to highlight the value of the arts in better understanding the city's histories of global migration, social interaction and creative innovation.”

Going Global is an annual conference hosted by the British Council to discuss issues facing the international education community. The event attracts more than 1,200 leaders from around 80 countries, including heads of international and supra-national bodies (OECD, UNESCO), ministers, Government officials, academic Vice-Chancellors and Presidents, business leaders, directors of Foundations, and journalists. Since its inception in 2004, Going Global has grown from a bi-annual event in the UK to an annual event held in different locations around the world.