Lincoln concert arranged in aid of Syrian refugees

A special charity concert is being held this weekend at Lincoln Cathedral in aid of Syrian refugees.

Lincoln Hears Syria will, among well-known classical pieces, feature a composition inspired by the death of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy whose image made global headlines when he drowned in September 2015 in the Mediterranean sea.

The concert takes place on Saturday, January 23 at 1.10pm in the Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral.

Ensembles taking part include members of the University of Lincoln Orchestra, City of Lincoln Band, Lincoln Concert Orchestra and guests Sutton in Ashfield Choral Society.

The concert is being organised by Lincoln-based composer Robert Steadman. He said:

“I know there are problems all around the world, including here in the UK, but the people of Syria are in a desperate state and need our help urgently.

“Their lives are in danger. I hope this concert helps raise some money as well as awareness of the issues”.

The concert will include pieces by Mozart and Beethoven and songs such as The Rose and Amazing Grace.

The concert is free to attend (there will be a retiring collection for Unicef) but normal admission charges to the cathedral apply.

For those who would like to make a contribution but are unable to attend, donations can be made via the online fundraising page here.

People can also find out more information on the event’s Facebook page.

Residents from across Lincoln and the surrounding areas have come together previously to help with the Syrian refugee crisis.

One Lincoln businesswoman set up a collection point for people to drop off unwanted items for those fleeing to Europe.

A group called Compassionate Lincoln was also set up to bring together ideas on how people can help those suffering.