Zanubia, Early Arab Christian Chants

Zanubia, Early Arab Christian Chants: A rare opportunity to hear chants from the Syriac and Byzantine traditions harking back to the time of Queen Zanubia’s reign of Palmyra. It was in the second century, during the reign of Queen Zanubia that Christianity reached the ancient Syrian caravan city of Palmyra. Her rule witnessed the emergence of the first church melodies out of the secular Aramaic music of Syria and Iraq. Coptic Egyptian-German singer Merit Ariane Stephanos and Father Shafiq Abouzayd introduce the audience to this music and in particular to the chanting traditions of the Levantine and Byzantine churches, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Jon Banks on qanun and santur. Concert will take place on 10 May, 2014 at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.