Inner Vision Orchestra Music Workshops
The Inner Vision Orchestra was founded in 2012 by multi-instrumentalist and composer Baluji Shrivastav OBE, and the Baluji Music Foundation. It is the world’s only professional ensemble of blind musicians.
We are excited to launch a new series of Inner Vision Orchestra Music Workshops. These will take place twice monthly on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm and bring people together to share the joy of music online.
Each workshop will be led by a different member of the Inner Vision Orchestra and will focus on music from around the world, reflecting the incredible diversity of our talented musicians.
Our workshops are free to people who are blind or partially sighted and take place on Zoom and by telephone dial-in. Donations are welcome!
This uplifting upcoming series will take you on a global journey from the comfort of your sofa and has been supported by Vision Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Chapman Charitable Trust!
- 3rd March 2021 – 7 pm – Arabic music – Ziad Sinno
- 17th March 2021 – 7 pm – English and Irish Folk – Kate Portal Indian music – Baluji Shrivastav OBE
- 31st March 2021 – 7 pm – Latin American Music – Kevin Satizabal
- 14th April 2021 – African music – Victoria Oruwari (TBC)
- 28th April 2021 – Indian music – Baluji Shrivastav OBE
- 12th May 2021 – American jazz – Rishi Gulati (TBC)
First, up will be Ziad Sinno on Wednesday 3rd March at 7 pm. Ziad is originally from Lebanon and came to England in 1985. He plays Oud, Arabic violin, keyboards and is also a vocalist. He joined the Inner Vision Orchestra in 2012 and then the Paraorchestra in 2013. Ziad performed at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics. In his free time, Ziad loves to practise and record his music, particularly the Lebanese songs he used to sing in his childhood. ZIad can be heard here on Spotify performing one of our favourites Diggy Diggy Diggy Ya Rababa with other members of the Orchestra, on the album ‘Best of Baluji Shrivastav ft. Inner Vision Orchestra’
Our workshops are free, however, if you do choose to donate the money will be used to continue the Baluji Music Foundation’s work supporting and promoting blind and partially sighted musicians in the UK and sharing music with all. Please do sign up to hear about future events or hire us for a performance! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each workshop will be an hour-long, with a demonstration from the lead musician, an introduction to the history of the music, the rhythms and its scales. There will be opportunities to join in with clapping and song, then at the end we will have a virtual tea and biscuit break with Q&A and chat session. Our workshops are designed to be relaxed and fun and we are all really looking forward to meeting you!
Registration can be by Eventbrite here by emailing us at email@example.com, or calling us on 020 7226 2094. Once registered, you will receive an email/call before the event with the relevant link and dial-in number.
About the Inner Vision Orchestra
Our extensive repertoire moves between songs from Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, to soulful Gospel and Blues to sublime Indian Ragas and Western Classical compositions. Members of the orchestra burst onto the world stage at the Paralympics in 2012 and recently performed International Unlimited Commission ‘Antardrishti-Inner Vision’ to full audiences at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Norwich Arts Centre, The Royal Opera House in Mumbai and The British Council Theatre in Delhi.
The Inner Vision Orchestra is currently running a series of virtual concerts and has been featured over the last year on the BBC, on ITV and on Radio 4. Driven by the intensity of an inner vision we believe in the power of music to transform lives!
“A magical mixture of sounds” Sean Rafferty from BBC Radio 3 In Tune
“Inner Vision Orchestra play bloody great kick-ass music !” Charles Hazlewood
Listen to our music on Spotify! The Inner Vision Orchestra recently released tracks on Baluji Shrivastav’s latest album ‘Indian Classical Interactions’ released through ARC Music, from the magical composition ‘Antardrishti – Inner Vision’ – listen here. . The orchestra also features on ARC Music’s Best of Baluji’ listen here
The video shows members of the Inner Vision Orchestra on stage at Leeds International Festival performing music composed by Baluji in a performance organised by South Asian Arts. Musicians include Ziad on oud, Kate on fiddle and Baluji on sitar who will be leading some of the workshops in this series.