Imagine:Imagine is produced by Together Productions, specialists in ground-breaking complex collaborative arts projects, led by Creative Producer Holly Jones and Musical Director Jeremy Haneman.
Composition and arrangement is led by Jim Pinchen, Raghad Haddad and Liz Ikamba with inspiration, music ideas, input and words from the I Speak Music Community Orchestra.
Project consultant is Darren Abrahams.
The Imagine Imagine film is directed by Ben Gregor and produced by Leslie Knott.
The project has been disseminated and supported by partners worldwide including IOM UK, Refugee Week UK, Counterpoint Arts, Musicians Without Borders, Art. 27, World Refugee Day.
Covid 19 is forcing a reawakened understanding of the world and as a society,
we have been learning to reassess who are the real change makers,
who is making a difference, how we connect with one another and
what are the things that are important to us.
Imagine:Imagine will provide a platform for audiences to celebrate the vibrant and diverse voices, talents and lives of those who are enriching and saving lives,
especially those whose sacrifice is often unheard and forgotten.
RAGHAD HADDAD is a viola player from Yabroud, a small town in the mountains north of Damascus. After graduating from the conservatoire in Damascus, she began teaching, performing with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music.
Since being granted asylum in the UK in 2017 Raghad has built up a prolific profile as an artist in the UK and recently performed with Damon Albarn, The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.
She is the Artistic Director of the renowned I Speak Music Orchestra.
JIM PINCHEN is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist specialising in creating music that draws upon cinematic, digital technologies and world music influences.
Jim has spent many years creating music for dance, radio and theatre and has previouslyworked with Akram Khan, Tenjumin Gill, Markeli?e, Stopgap, BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company among many others. He is a long term collaborator with Thomas Noone.
Jim has a particular interest in working internationally with people from vulnerable communities and has set up numerous arts collaborations and exchange projects with organisations and in Brazil, Mexico, El Salvador, Columbia, South Africa and Northern Ireland.
Jim speaks regularly at local, national and international events and has appeared in radio and TV interviews both in the UK and in Mexico.
His projects have won national awards and have been showcased at some of the world's most prestigious venues including The Royal Opera House and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
LIZ IKAMBA has been a community musician and artist for over ten years, working predominantly in the Sussex area with groups and individuals at risk of social isolation and exclusion; including unaccompanied minors, young people with special educational needs and adult mental health.
Her work is primarily focussed on helping to unlock people's' creative and personal potential, and to bring joy to the process of learning and developing new skills.
Having trained with Musicians Without Borders in Holland, she is particularly interested in utilising the power of music to affect positive social engagement, and cultivate collective identity.
Darren Abrahams is a singer, coach, therapist and trainer and is the creator of many programmes designed to expand the potential of individuals and groups.
He works internationally as a facilitator and project leader in the fields of personal, cultural and community development, is a qualified trauma therapist, a Certified High Performance Coach and has appeared in opera all over the world.
Darren is co-founder of The Human Hive which trains volunteers and professionals to bridge the gaps between people and of The Starr Trust which supports young people to fulfil potential through sports, arts and education.
He is on the steering team and head of pastoral care for The Complete Freedom of Truth, an international youth-led project developing global youth citizenship through culture and the arts.
Darren is also Wellbeing Adviser and an international trainer for Musicians Without Borders where he trains musicians to use music for peace building with refugees and in post conflict communities. You can find out more about him at https://darrenabrahams.com
Together Productions create innovative collaborative arts projects that connect people, organisations and audiences across social and cultural divides.
Their work includes Singing Our Lives, which since 2017 has been bringing amateur and professional singers and musicians including displaced people and asylum seekers together in a unique process of collaborative composition and mass performance.
Led by Creative Producer Holly Jones and Musical Director Jeremy Haneman, each with over 20 years' experience producing high quality arts programmes and events.
I Speak Music is managed by Surrey Arts as part of it's Surrey Music programme. The I Speak Music Community Orchestra is designed to celebrate the diversity of Surrey's communities.
I Speak Music focuses on three specific areas: networking to bring together people across the field of music; songwriting classes for unaccompanied or asylum-seeking minors, and bringing an intergenerational group of people from diverse backgrounds together through sharing music, stories and culture.
IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. We work to support safer, orderly and regular migration, and to provide assistance and protection to vulnerable migrants and communities all around the world.
In the UK we help migrants to better integrate, and we assist receiving communities to recognize and support the positive contributions that migrants can make.
MWB is a global network that uses music for peacebuilding and social change.
Their mission is to use the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war.
They aim to inspire people worldwide to engage as peacemakers and use music to transform lives.
The Human Hive is a CIC working with individuals and organisations to make a more welcoming and inclusive world. We train, support and resource volunteers and professionals to find solutions to problems WITH, not FOR marginalised and excluded people, so they can get back on their feet after crisis and thrive again.
We believe that real change happens when you supercharge the power of people to help themselves, giving them:
tools to rebuild psychological and emotional Safety;
connections to others to feel a sense of Belonging;
access to meaningful opportunities to regain Purpose.
By bringing people together who would never normally meet, we forge links across communities that have been divided and build skills through shared learning experiences. Our members grow by supporting others to grow alongside them.
art27 is a platform for artists, arts educators and arts organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and beyond. Our goal is to promote social inclusion and protect vulnerable people through the arts.
We aim to counter fear and xenophobia and promote social inclusion through participatory arts projects, arts education, community arts initiatives, exhibits, installations and performances. art27 collects and openly shares resources and knowledge with all who wish to use art to contribute to a welcoming and just society. We organise gatherings of socially engaged artists and arts organizations in Europe and beyond, to share expertise and forge collaborations.
Find out more about art2 at www.art27.art
Refugee Week is the UK's largest festival celebrating contributions of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary.