The birth of Tafahum came from a chance meeting between British Conductor and Composer Benjamin Ellin and Syrian born Ney Soloist Louai Alhenawi. An invitation from Benjamin to Louai for initial Middle Eastern music workshops at Pembroke Academy of Music in Walworth, London has developed into an expansive collaborative artistic vision.

Tafahum mirrors the desire of both Louai and Benjamin to learn about each other’s musical traditions, backgrounds and heritage to create imaginative, bold and exciting projects that unite under the auspices of art and people.

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aboutlogoDriven by a passionate desire to communicate and reinterpret the music and stories from the world of opera, Conductor and Composer Benjamin Ellin and Director Keith Cheetham founded Focus Opera.

Since it’s inception in 2009, Focus Opera has aspired to tailor it’s productions to site specific locations using the physical space to create an arena in which the concept, drama, music and performers unite with the audience into a cohesive and meaningful whole.

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