The Bisserov Sisters (Bulgaria) and Maya Youssef (Syria)

The Bisserov Sisters (Bulgaria) and  Maya Youssef (Syria)





Tuesday 25 July, 2017

Easebourne, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 OAH

8.00pm (Ends approx 10.00pm)

Tickets: £22, or £15 restricted view seats (18 and under £5, or £3.50 in restricted view seats) Unreserved seating

Tickets available on the door this evening. Do join us at the venue at about 7.30pm to purchase yours!

A very special evening of music from two vibrant traditions. Spanning three generations, Mitra, Lyubimka, Vera, Rositsa and Rosen Bisserov represent one of Europe’s most distinctive musical vocal traditions. Ever since early childhood, the Bulgarian sisters have been performing live, their inherited vocal skills having been developed within the confines of their family environment and passed down from mother to daughter.

The Bisserov Sisters’ repertoire comes from the rich folk-music dialect of Bulgaria’s Pirin region, and is themed around significant ‘life events’ - weddings, springtime, folktales, work, family life, love, religion, hajduks (Serbian warriors), and singing at table. Mitra, Vera and Rositsa additionally play the tambura – a local Bulgarian string instrument originating from South- West Bulgaria with sisters Lyubimka and Rosen playing the tapan and tarambuka drum.

The evening commences in the company of a very different instrumental sound world, that of the Syrian kanun, the traditional Syrian 78-stringed plucked zither. Maya Youssef’s extraordinary musical gift and generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism have brought comparisons with such legendary virtuosos as Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin and Meredith Monk. She studied at the High Institute of Music and Dramatic arts in Damascus, and spent some years teaching and performing in Dubai and Oman. Maya has since performed at major UK festivals and venues including Celtic Connections, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Bath Festival and Celebrating Sanctuary at the Southbank.

There will be a cash bar run by The Halfway Bridge
The Halfway Bridge is offering lunchtime and pre-show meals - do give the pub a call on 01798 861281 to reserve a table