South Bank harmony

By Simon Rocker, March 12, 2009

The Spiro Ark joined forces with the Muslim-owned Vigo Group to host a sell-out concert of interfaith music on London’s South Bank on Saturday night.

Vigo co-sponsored an appearance at the Purcell Room of Berakah, featuring musicians from Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds.

Berakah (“blessing” in Arabic) was founded by Muslim guitarist Mo Nazam and its repertoire runs from the mystical Hebrew hymn, Yedid Nefesh, to fusions of klezmer violin and Middle Eastern rhythms inspired by Sufi folklore.

In a brief address, leading religion writer and former Catholic nun Karen Armstrong hailed the event as an example of interfaith bridge-building.

The Spiros met Nadim and Tariq Shah of the Vigo Group by chance when the company bought a property next door to the Ark’s headquarters in central London.

Now the two groups plan more multi-cultural initiatives together.

Last updated: 2:05pm, March 12 2009