As part of their Choral Song Weekend, Paul Sartin and Çiğdem Aslan invite you to join them for an informal sharing evening of song. Alongside performances by Paul & Çiğdem, the course participants will perform ensemble pieces they’ve worked on over the weekend, with spots also available for solo / duo singers from the group who want to share something. Expect a relaxed and enjoyable evening of song – then join us in the bar for a drink and a song or two!
Paul Sartin is a singer, oboist, fiddler, member of Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus (Preis der Deustchen Schallplattenkritik 2017) and the late BBC award-winning Bellowhead. He was a Choral Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, then subsequently a Lay Clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and preferred Bass Deputy in Winchester Cathedral Choir. Paul directs the Andover Museum Loft Singers, and arranged Community Choirs Folk (Faber Music). A BASCA-nominated composer, recent commissions include work for the BBC, RSC, Aldeburgh Music, and the Southbank. He arranged and MD’d The Transports (Guardian *****), and Anthony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and Cymbeline for Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a recipient of a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Çiğdem Aslan is an Istanbul-born singer who sings in many languages and regional styles, including Turkish, Kurdish, Greek, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Romany and Ladino. She studied English Literature at Istanbul University, before studying music at Goldsmiths College, London.
She has released two acclaimed albums; her debut album ‘Mortissa’ in October 2013 (shortlisted ‘Best Album’ of 2013 by fRoots and Songlines Magazine, ‘Best Artist’ for Songlines Music Awards 2014, and winner of the prestigious “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik/ German Record Critics Award”). Second album ‘A Thousand Cranes’ followed in October 2016.
Cigdem is in high demand for collaborations, European tours and cultural radio and TV appearances, with performance highlights including: Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall, Barbican, & Jazz Cafe, London; Elbphilarmonie, Hamburg; WOMAD (UK & Spain); Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Pergamon Museum, Berlin; Gasteig, Munich; Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg (DE); Snape Proms, Aldeburgh (UK); Warsaw Cultural Festival, Warsaw (PL); Jewish Culture Festival, Krakow (PL); Buskers’ Bern, Switzerland; Mawazine Festival, Morocco; Les Nuits de Fourvière, Lyon (FR); Førde Festivalen, Norway; TFF Rudolstadt, Germany; Palace of Arts, Budapest (HU); Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Istanbul (TR).