Potters Bar musicians to stage concert in aid of refugees

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 August 2018

Numerous performers will give a special concert of Peter and the Wolf. Picture: supplied by Pamela Moutoussi

Numerous performers will give a special concert of Peter and the Wolf. Picture: supplied by Pamela Moutoussi

supplied by Pamela Moutoussi

A Potters Bar music teacher has set out to organise a family concert in aid of refugees in Greece.

Pamela Moutoussi is joining forces with a number of professional musicians, family and friends to put on a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ on September 16 at Mount Grace School.

The famed musical fairytale is a favourite with families for its innovative way of introducing instruments to children.

“We’re going to have such a ball!” said Pamela. “It’s a really worthwhile thing as the children can come and pick up the instruments at the end. They can try them out and have some fun.”

The concert has numerous local supporters, including Mount Grace School which has offered its premises, music teachers at Queenswood, and senior pupils from numerous other schools who will participate, and Royal Opera House singer Mark Guerin, who will narrate the tale.

The funds raised will go to a cause very close to Pamela’s heart: to Doctors Without Borders’ work in Greece around refugees.

The Moutoussi often visit the Greek side of their family in Lavrio, southeast Athens, where older Greek refugees, who were forced to leave Stalinist Russia, have settled.

Pamela said that the region’s political history gives people a strong sense of sympathy. “There’s a sense of knowing what it feels like to be thrown out of your country,” she said.

Her husband’s grandmother, a Greek woman from Asia Minor, was one of many refugees who were thrown out of Izmir in the early 20th century. “They watched their city burn behind them as they left,” said Pamela.

By contrast she is grateful for the freedoms her family enjoys.

The decision to perform ‘Peter and the Wolf’ is spurred by the famed 1993 version using Spitting Image puppets, which inspired Pamela’s son to take up the French Horn.

Now the Moutoussi family hopes that the concert provides similar inspiration to other budding musicians.

“You feel incredibly lucky,” she said. “We can get on a plane and and we have a choice - we have life freedoms and our children can learn musical instruments, but many [refugees] can’t.”

Tickets are £5.50 in advance or £6 on the door, and under fives go free. The concert begins at 4.30pm.

Details can be found at: https//:www.facebook.com/events/469029040226250

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