Govan's own orchestra


Musicians In Exile

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Musicians in Exile began in summer 2018, bringing Glasgow’s asylum-seeking and refugee musicians together to make the music of their homelands. Since then, the group, facilitated by Jose Rojas, Aref Ghorbani, Calum Ingram and Ali Rahmani, has gone from strength to strength, performing regularly in Govan as well as The Glasgow MELA, Kelvingrove Bandstand, Refugee Festival Scotland, Edinburgh Fringe and The Steeple in Dundee. Winners of the 2019 National Diversity Award as Community Organisation for Race, Religion and Faith and the Voluntary Arts EPIC Award for Scotland, we have been working online, producing music videos since March 2020.



Concerts in Series

Musicians in Exile @ The Steeple

6 pm Tuesday 17th December 2019

The Steeple

Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DG

Musicians in Exile @ Scottish Refugee Festival

6:30-8 pm, 30th June 2019

Grand Ole Opry 2-4 Govan Road,

Glasgow G51 1HS

Musicians in Exile @ The Grand Ole Opry

6 - 7:15 pm, 26th February 2019

Grand Ole Opry 2-4 Govan Road,

Glasgow G51 1HS

Musicians in Exile @ The Mary Barbour
Seven weeks' rehearsal up to 

20th August 2018

The Pearce Institute  840-860 Govan Rd, Govan,

Glasgow G51 3UU


"It was wonderful to meet new people, and we shared music in different languages on the same stage, which we don't have the right to do in our country, and benefited from musical instruments too." 

Midya Suleiman, singing in Kurmanji Kurdish

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Please click on the logos below to find out more about our awards.

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Press and Engagement




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