This glorious blend of Sufi poetry, Indian Classical dance and symphony orchestra returns to Birmingham.

Written and directed by critically acclaimed composer Rushil Ranjan, the Orchestral Qawwali Project features the soaring vocals of Abi Sampa in effortless combination with rich orchestral arrangements performed by the CBSO. All of these elements come together to encapsulate qawwali's original intention - to lead the listener to spiritual rapture. Following a sold out performance with Birmingham's orchestra in 2023, the Project returns to Symphony Hall with new compositions and arrangements, conductor Melvin Tay and the addition of the brilliant CBSO Chorus and University of Birmingham Voices.

About The CBSO & the Orchestral Qawwali Project


  • Melvin Tay

  • Photograph of Rushil Ranjan

    Rushil Ranjan

    Composer / Arranger / Piano
  • Photograph of Abi Sampa

    Abi Sampa

    Lead Vocalist
  • Photograph of two musicians sitting cross-legged on the floor to perform at Symphony Hall.

    Orchestral Qawwali Project

  • Photograph of the CBSO Chorus in the choir stalls of Symphony Hall.

    CBSO Chorus

  • Photograph of a young woman singing in the chorus

    University of Birmingham Voices