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Damon Albarn and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Inspiring impressionism

Damon Albarn plays with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Inspiring Impressionism at the Scottish National Gallery, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, and celebrating Ernest Ranglin.

As Blur and Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn joins the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians to open the Glastonbury Festival, John talks to Damon and Lebanese-Syrian rapper Eslam Jawaad about working and performing with the orchestra.

In Inspiring Impressionism, the National Galleries of Scotland will stage the first ever large-scale exhibition to examine the important relationship between the landscape painter Charles-François Daubigny and the Impressionists, including Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. Curators Lynne Ambrosini and Frances Fowle discuss.

The Bethlem Museum of the Mind in South London is one of five museums and galleries in the UK to make the shortlist for Museum of the Year. In the third of our reports from the shortlisted venues, John Wilson visits the museum which cares for an internationally-renowned collection of archives, art and historic objects relating to the history of mental healthcare and treatment.

The Jamaican guitarist and composer Ernest Ranglin is probably best known for Millie Small's 1964 ska version of My Boy Lollipop, but during his long career he has worked with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, and jazz pianist Monty Alexander. At the age of 83, Ernest is embarking on his farewell tour, starting with an appearance at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Music journalist Kevin Le Gendre looks back on the career of the musician, and explains why he's still a hot ticket after thousands of gigs and recording sessions over almost seven decades.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

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30 minutes


  • Damon Albarn and Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

    Duration: 08:50

  • Inspiring Impressionism

    Duration: 06:22

  • Bethlem Museum of the Mind

    Duration: 07:38

  • Kevin LeGendre on Ernest Ranglin

    Duration: 03:59

Damon Albarn and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

Damon Albarn and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and Damon Albarn with guests Paul Weller and Bassekou Kouyate will be appearing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 25 June 2016 as part of Refugee Week. The concert will be streamed live online.

Image to the left: Damon Albarn (centre, with flag) with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and guests

Main image above: The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

Inspiring Impressionism

Inspiring Impressionism

The Inspiring Impressionism: Daubigny, Monet Van Gogh exhibition is at the Scottish National Gallery from 25 June to 02 October 2016.

Image: A River Scene: The Ferryboat at Bonnieres, 1861, by Charles-Francois Daubigny, Oil on canvas

Collection: Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, USA



Museum of the Year: Bethlem

Museum of the Year: Bethlem

Bethlem Museum of the Mind is in Beckenham, Greater London.

Image: Melancholy Madness (Left) and Raving Madness (Right) by Caius Gabriel Cibber, life-sized sculptures that were displayed at the entrance to Bedlam 1676 - 1815

Ernest Ranglin

Ernest Ranglin

Ernest Ranglin will be on tour from 25 June to 01 July 2016.   He will be performing at Glastonbury Festival, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; The Barbican, London; Anvil Arts, Basingstoke and  Colston Hall, Bristol.

Image: Ernest Ranglin


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Damon Albarn
Interviewed Guest Lynne Ambrosini
Interviewed Guest Frances Fowle
Interviewed Guest Kevin Le Gendre
Producer Rebecca Armstrong




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