The event, which has been curated by the visual arts project The Rapid Response Unit, will be held in Liverpool next month
Damon Albarn is set to take part in a special live performance which will mark St. George’s Day in Liverpool next month.
The Blur and Gorillaz musician has been invited by the visual arts project The Rapid Response Unit to take part in the concert, with Albarn set to play alongside the commissioned Orchestra of Syrian Musicians as they formulate a “musical expression”.
The Orchestra – which is made up of 50 musicians and singers from Syria – will also undertake a rehearsal residency in the city in the lead-up to the big performance.
Taking place at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on April 23, Albarn will guest along with Mounir Troudi at the show. Tickets for the performance will go on sale on April 4 at 9:30am – you can find out more about the show here.
Speaking about the concert, the RRU’s Bureau Editor Mark Donne said: “St George is of course the symbol of English nationalism, but he was also an immigrant, and remains the patron saint of England, Bulgaria, Palestine, Ethiopia, Greece and Lithuania.
“On the 23rd of April this truly multi-cultural city will come together in an unforgettable celebration of art, music and unity; of that I’ve absolutely no doubt.”
Michael Eakin, the Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, added: “It is a perfect fit with our mission which is all about the power of music to transform lives, and to connect across cultural boundaries, and we are looking forward to a memorable night.”
Last week, Noel Gallagher revealed his favourite Blur song – while also raising the possibility of Albarn appearing on his next album.