Date: Saturday 28 January

Time: 7.30pm

An evening of poetry and music, combining the music of the world-renowned classical singing ensemble, Stile Antico and oud player Rihab Azar, interwoven with the poetry of Lemn Sissay. It will take place in St Albans Cathedral on Saturday 28 January. The compositions will tell the story of travel, asylum, seeking safety and identity.

Lemn Sissay is no stranger to growing up in an alien environment, struggle and finding a voice. He has spoken and written about finding identity since his first book was published at the age of 21. He won the PEN Pinter Prize in 2019, is Chancellor of The University of Manchester, is a Fellow of The Foundling Museum and has also been poetically cast away on Desert Island Discs. Lemn Sissay was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics.

Stile Antico is one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences on four continents with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. Bestselling recordings have earned many international awards and three Grammy® nominations. They performed live at the 60th Grammy® Awards at Madison Square Garden. Stile Antico join forces with the Syrian, London-based oud player, Rihab Azar.

The Education Trust of the Cathedral are hosting this event, for people of all faiths and of none. It will focus on asylum, enabling the audience to consider issues related to journeys, risk and spiritual discovery.


Premium £30 - Centre front with full view

Classic £25 - Centre middle with full view 

Standard £15 - Centre back with full view  

No view £10 - Mainly located in the aisles or behind pillars. These seats have no view of the stage.

No view seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out.



Students tickets (with ID) available on Classic £20 and Standard £10.

Companions of wheelchair users go free.


Doors will open 30 minutes before concert starts. There is no interval during this performance. 

Banner image Paul Crowther (c)

Click here to download the concert programme