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Sweet sounds of bi-lingual Birdsong at St John’s

03 May, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Singer/songwriter Kizzy Crawford. Photo: Kirsten Mcternan

Gorgeous melodies combined with exquisite arrange­ments in Birdsong – or Can yr Adar in Welsh – are being performed in St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, next Thursday evening (May 10). The piece is a collaboration between jazz pianist/composer Gwilym Simcock and singer/song­writer Kizzy Crawford and award-winning orchestra Sinfonia Cymru.

Birdsong fuses jazz, classical and soul-folk music through a collection of spel­l­binding bi-lingual songs inspired by the ancient forests of Carngafallt in Powys, Wales.

“As a mixed race girl with ASD, the poetry of the Welsh language gave me a voice for thoughts and emotions which I didn’t find in English,” says Kizzy. “I’m also expressing, celebrating and exploring my heritage – the migration of birds to and from Africa, for example.”

The piece was first performed at the 2016 Hampstead Arts Festival and it is being performed again next Thursday to raise funds for this autumn’s festival.

St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, 7.30pm, from £10, http://www.hampsteadartsfestival.com/whats-on/birdsong-can-yr-adar-may-2018.html

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