Tarek Abdallah + Adel Shams El Din (Songlines): A wonderful opportunity to attend two fantastic acts from the Middle East. Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams el Din (Egypt) have just released the album 'Wasla' in collaboration with Songlines. Originally from Alexandria, but currently based in France, the duo are fluent in the language of Egyptian classical tradition and are able to evoke the fascinating history of this music while extending it with spirited and contemporary inspired compositions. They will be joined by virtuoso Syrian kanun player Maya Youssef whose unique innovative approach to playing the kanun, originally a traditional instrument, expanded her audiences to international platforms. Maya has performed all over the world and is the winner of the Exceptional Talent Award which enabled her to migrate to the UK in early 2012. Taking place on 15 February, 2016 at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.