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Dawn, on the Morning after the Storm

Zakiya Leeming

Thursday 17 June 2021, 1.00pm


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Dawn, on the Morning After the Storm is a new work by composer Zakiya Leeming, who has been collaborating with health data researchers since 2018 to create music informed by their work.

The piece is a result of discussions with UK members of the global International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC) about their experiences working through the COVID-19 outbreak. ISARIC4C, led by investigators from the University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool and Imperial College London, is recognised as the sovereign COVID-19 research programme to meet urgent public health needs for the UK. It is a collaboration of over 200 scientists from 11 institutions and NHS teams from 350 hospitals. Outputs from the project have informed the UK’s response to the current pandemic, based on data and biological samples from patients in hospitals across the UK, and it is one of the largest COVID-19 projects in the world.

When Leeming asked ISARIC4C Chief Investigator, Professor Calum Semple OBE, what a piece about his experience should describe, Semple replied, ‘Like Dawn, on the morning after the storm’. For Semple, it was about coming together to play, in the same way the consortium came together to respond to the challenge of the virus.

The performance will be followed by a recorded discussion between the composer and ISARIC performers.

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Thursday 17 June 2021, 1.00pm


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