"At a time when cultural differences are increasingly viewed with suspicion, Tafahum is a beacon organisation that demonstrates how diverse musical traditions can be brought together to create something really memorable"


  Neil Bennison: Music Programme Manager- Royal Concert Hall

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Tafahum is a new, vibrant and first class fusion group bringing together a core of handpicked classically trained Eastern and Western musicians led by both critically acclaimed British Conductor and Composer Benjamin Ellin alongside Syrian born Ney soloist Louai Alhenawi. Tafahum unites composers, performers and audiences in repertoire that features new works, adaptations of traditional folk music and cross genre collaborations between other musical groups as well as other art forms.


The birth of Tafahum came from a chance meeting between Benjamin and Louai. An invitation from Benjamin to Louai to initially present Middle Eastern music workshops at Pembroke Academy of Music in Walworth, London has developed into an expansive collaborative artistic vision.


Tafahum mirrors the desire of both Louai and Benjamin to learn about each other’s musical traditions, backgrounds and heritage to create imaginative, bold and exciting projects that unite under the auspices of art and people.