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International pianist to host Sheffield fund-raising concert

Internationally acclaimed pianist Margaret Fingerhut is to perform a special concert in Sheffield to raise funds and awareness about refugees. This will be the climax of her tour of UK cities of sanctuary, introduced by Sheffield's new director Tom Martin and CoS national president Inderjit Bhogal OBE. Through music and words, Margaret tells the story of the many refugees who were refugees from war or persecution, or who migrated for their work. Her programme includes work by Chopin, Grieg, Handel, Rachmaninov and a specially commissioned piece by Arian, the Kurdish Syrian composer who wrote the Refugee National Anthem for the 2016 Olympics.

The concert takes place at St Andrews Psalter Lane Church, 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th November. Tickets @£20 (Conc. £10) including a free glass of wine/juice available from here

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City of Sanctuary Sheffield has completed a report about our work over the past year.  In it you can read about developments at The Sanctuary, services we and our partners have delivered at the multi-agency drop-in, and the contribution of our wonderful team of volunteers. There are also comments from some of the people we have tried to help.  Have a look at the full report here. 

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