classical music
contemporary classical

Echoes of Silence: Hengameh Akhavan in Concert

Part of Women in Music at Southbank Centre

Setting the benchmark for classical Persian music, influential singer Hengameh Akhavan gives a rare, emotionally charged performance.

She emerged in Iran in the late 1970s, following a televised performance with popular classical musicians Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Bijan Kamkar.

Following the 1979 Iranian revolution and subsequent ban on public performances by female singers, Akhavan remains one of the country’s most celebrated women vocalists.

Her last official recordings make for stirring listening.

Challenging the odds to dedicate herself to her art, she was a shoo-in for Nava’s series dedicated to Iran’s female singers, Echoes of Silence.


Hengameh Akhavan vocals
Behdad Babaei seh-tar
Siamak Jahangiri nay


Programme includes: Improvisation-based Persian Classical music and works by 20th century composers Aref Qazvini and Amir Jahed

Dates & times

29 Nov 2019
Approximate run time: 135 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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For ages 10+

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