Instrumental tunes


Göksel Baktagir(Qanun)

Yurdal Tokcan (Oud)

Derya Türkan (Kemenche)

Bülent Elmas (Percussion)

The streets of Istanbul have a storied past. Its history echoes through the ancient alleys and modern avenues alike, rising from the bustle of its bazaars, the prayers of its religious houses, and the lapping of the Bosphorus. This rich tapestry of sound has been woven into its musical landscape over centuries and wraps around every corner, resident and guest of the city. Istanbul’s music forms its vibrant essence, its beating heart and its indominable soul.

This concert is part of the centenary celebrations of the Republic of Türkiye, the last caretakers of Istanbul’s musical heritage. Through the harmonious blend of kanun, oud, kemençe, and percussions, the ‘Spirit of Istanbul’ will sweep through the streets of London and Manchester this December.

The first of the two concerts will take place in London’s premier concert hall, EartH Theatre in Hackney on 11th December 2023 at 7 pm. The evening will be followed by a twin concert in Manchester on 13th December 2023 at 7 pm at Manchester Cathedral.

With Turkish Maqam Music’s inherited tones, the ensemble will take listeners on a musical journey that touch their hearts.

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We recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance start time to pass through security checks and find your seats.

The performance is approximately 1.5 hours.

Kindly note that there is an age restriction to attend this event. Children under 14 will not be admitted to the performance.

For more information on the event, please email us at londra@yee.org.tr

Please be advised that filming and/or photography will be taking place at the event for the purposes of archiving, marketing, and all other publications. By entering this event, you consent to the Yunus Emre Institute taking photographs and videos and using them.

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