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Stories of Sanctuary comes to Newcastle Cathedral, 16 November 2023
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Join us for an emotive and poignant show of original songs written and performed by those with experience of seeking sanctuary, linking the past with the present — an event delivered in partnership between Newcastle Cathedral, Citizen Songwriters and The Arts Society Tyneside.

Stories of Sanctuary began in the city of Durham in 2018. Since its inception, it has been performed across the country over 15 times, from Sunderland to Southampton.

Drawing on the North East’s rich history of offering sanctuary – from the arrival of an exiled monastic community seeking sanctuary from the Vikings to modern stories of fleeing the civil war in Syria – Stories of Sanctuary warmly invites you into the project that inspired infectious friendships as well as deeply beautiful songs.

Stories of Sanctuary is made up of the Sanctuary Seekers Choir, featuring the National Syrian Orchestra’s Raghad Haddad, along with the project’s curator and singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher. The project was rated 9/10 at its sold-out premiere at Durham Cathedral in October 2018 and has been to Sheffield, Hull, Leicester and Birmingham for the UK tour.

Click here for tickets, available on a ‘Give As You Feel’ basis (£12 suggested).

All proceeds will support future community songwriting workshops to be delivered by the Lantern Initiative, part of the Cathedral’s work providing a beacon of light for those going through challenging times. Click here to find out more.


Click here to book tickets

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