Culture Links


The Society likes to play a part in supporting cultural and educational links with Azerbaijan, and here are some of those that have received support


Rashad Abbasov
In 2001, the Society supported an Azerbaijani national – Mr. Rashad Abbasov as a postgraduate student at Cambridge studing a MPhil in European Studies, who was later awarded a Foreign Office Chevening Scholarship.
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“Let me take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to the Anglo-Azeri Society and personally to you as the Chairman of the Society, for the generosity in providing me with the fundes for my studies at Cambridge. I recognize that th eallocation of resources for education purposes was the exceptional case for the Society, however I strong believe that this will, ene the end, be an invaluable investment in promotion of the realtionsip between the two courtries, in as much as th eresearch that I am currently involved in pertains to the relationship between the European countries and the Caucasus.” Rashad Abbasov

Nigulia Mirzayeva
The Society also sponsored a young Azerbaijani violinist who was awareded a 4 year scholarship at The Yehudi Menuhin School – the Society paid towards Along with British Midland, who sponsored Nigar’s trips back home to Baku.
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8GPJ0HphoLJvoAAAAASUVORK5CYII=At the age of 12 Nigar made her concerto debut, playing the Paganini Concerto No.1 with the Azery Symphony Orchestra in Baku. She studied at the Bul Bul Music School in Baku, and then was awarded a place on a full scholarship at the Yehudi Menuhin School, UK in September 2002, where she was studying with Natasha Boyarsky. Nigar has performed serval times for the Society at the annual House of Commons Dinner held for sponsors and members of the Society.

Nigar has performed in many concert halls in Azerbaijan, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Italy and United States.

Nigar has also been a winner on the Hattori Foundation in 2009, and 2010. In Summer 2009 she took part in Bowdoin International Music Festival, Maine, US, where she was awarded a full scholarship. In March 2010, she was awarded another £500 scholarship from the Hattori Foundation.

Nigar has participated and was one of the seven semi finalists at the Louis Spohr 6th International Violin Competition in Weimar, Germany, in October 2010 which was kindly sponsored by the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society, and in August 2011 Nigar participated at the Porziano Musica International Music Course in Italy which was also very kindly sponsored by the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society.

She is currently in her 4th year, BMus course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Jacqueline Ross, where she is being supported by the The Music Students’ Hostel Trust.

The Society has also sponsord links with The Bul Bul School in Baku whereby Azerbaijani students have visited London and had the opportunity to partcipate in some musical activites as well as visiting museums and attending concerts which have all lead to the fostering of good realtions bewtween music in schools in Britain and Azerbaijan.

TARA (Trust for African Rock Art) visit Gobustan
TARA is known throughout the world for its achievements in promoting and conserving African rock art. In May 2009, at the invitation of the Azerbaijan Embasssy in London and the Society, TARA Chairman David Coulson visited the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Gobustan near the Caspian Sea to share some of this knowledge. He recounts his visit here.
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BEYU_007Based out of the capital city, Baku, I made three visits to Gobustan , accompanied by Director of the Gobustan National Reserve, Dr. Malahat Farajova. I was impressed by the diversity of the arts as well as its apparent antiquity, and was requested to advise them on how best to promote and conserve these sites. Dr. Farajova explained that some of the earliest engravings date back to 34,000 years, which would make these amongst the oldest rock engravings in the world. Not surprisingly, a lot of the art was similar to rock art in Turkey and Iran. I recommended that an international team of scientists/dating experts are invited to the Gobustan sites to establish and confirm dates– if they are as old as is maintained, this could be of great benefit in raising the profile of Goubstan’s rock art and a great feature for Azerbaijan’s culture and tourism promotion.

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If you would like to know more about TARA please visit their website: www.africanrockart.org

ROCK ART PRESENTATION
 
The Society held a presentation on Thursday 24th September 2015 at the Langham Hotel in London on Rock Art in Azerbaijan.    David Coulson gave the presentation about the rock art of the Gobustan World Heritage Site - known as a Cultural Heritage Site.
David is a  Africa rock art specialist who has worked for many years throughout Africa, especially in north Africa's Sahara Desert.   During the presentation, David compared some of the Gobustan art with north African art that he has recorded. David also talked about the importance of rock art as a cultural and historical resource informing us about the past.
David went on to talk about the Gobustan site which  is set in a primeval volcanic landscape west of the Caspian Sea. Here ancient images were recorded long ago engraved on the cliffs and boulders looking east towards the Caspian.
The Society along with the Azerbaijan Embassy in London sponsored David’s  visit to Gobustan some years ago.     Photographs can be seen of the rock art under Culture on our website under culture. The full presentation is also recorded.
For more information about David Coulson’s work please visit :  http://www.africanrockart.org/
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Gunel Mirzayeva
At the end of 2014, the Society agreed to part sponsor Gunel’s studies  for the Doctorate programme at The  Guildhall School of Music to study the comparison of the Classical Western Piano Music with Azerbaijani Piano Music and the Mugham's influence on it. It will be the first PhD work about Azerbaijani Piano Music and Mugham in English.
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It is also the  first research that will involve Gunel  not only as a researcher but as a performer too as the  Guildhall has offered the  platform to help organizing lectures, Music events about this topic where Gunel will be performing the pieces from Western and Azeri Repertoire. It will also allow Gunel not only to play,  but also explain to the British and European public,  the interesting sides of the Mugham and the use of it in the piano repertoire.

Gunel Mirzayeva, an Azerbaijani pianist, applied for the Doctorate programme in Guildhall School of Music to study a comparison of the Classical Western Piano Music with Azerbaijani Piano Music and the Mugham's influence on it. We were very happy to hear that Gunel was accepted for a place to study and it will be the first PhD work about Azerbaijani Piano Music and Mugham in English! Also it is the first research that Gunel has done to  involve her  not only as a researcher but as a performer too.  The  Guildhall are also offering  the  platform for Gunel to help organizing lectures, Music events about this topic where she will be performing the pieces from Western and Azeri Repertoire. It will allow not only Gunel to play but also explain to the British and European public the interesting sides of the Mugham and the use of it in the piano repertoire.

The Society is happy to advise that they are supporting some of Gunel's funding to carry out her PHD.