Forgotten Songs and Stories
A celebration of community, heritage, songs and stories featuring singers, storytellers, poets and musicians with members of the Bristol Ensemble Strings and Jazz Quintet. Composed and created by double bassist Daphna Sadeh-Neu this is a unique collaboration that originated with Global Majority women in Bristol and will be a debut performance at Bristol Beacon.
Forgotten Songs & Stories is an original new work formed from workshops with an inspiring group of 15 South Asian, East Asian, African, Middle Eastern, South American, Jewish, Irish and Refugee women. The compositions, poetry and songs share an intimate celebration of their stories, with a central thread connecting generational memory, resilience and community. Rich and deeply honest, the concert chronicles tales of migration to new homes and belonging, from tradition and ceremony to love and marriage, from darkness and trauma to moments of hope and joy.
The show’s collective of artists encompasses a wealth of talent spanning the worlds of jazz, classical and Middle Eastern music. The narrative is interwoven with storytelling, vocals and a 7-piece string ensemble alongside double bass, saxophone, percussion, piano and oud. The stories are testament to how the remarkable power of creativity can bring women’s personal histories to life for wider audiences, connecting people through memory and empowering unity.
Presented by Daphna Sadeh-Neu
With thanks to Arts Council England for their generous support of this project
Format: Reserved seating
Age: U14s accompanied by an adult 18+
All timings are approximate and subject to change
“The urge is to keep memories alive when stories are the only lifeline.”
Global majority participant
Daphna Sadeh-Neu – concept, compositions, arrangements, double bass
Bristol Ensembles Strings, directed by Roger Huckle
Karen Hayes – verbatim poetry
Knud Stuwe – oud, co-arrangements, composition
Adiza Shardow – spoken word
Amy Tanner – spoken word
Nia Bimkubwa – vocals & narration
Jake McMurchie – saxophones
Rebecca Nash – piano
Myke Vince – percussion
About Lantern Hall
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at Bristol Beacon
Getting to the venue
Location: Lantern Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.
Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.
Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.
Bristol Clean Air Zone
Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.
Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.
Spaces for wheelchair users are available within the first 10 rows on the flat floor of the Hall.
Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in rows AA-J on the flat floor are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.
A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)
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