Fifty years ago the University of Southampton was bequeathed with a generous donation intended to support musical practice in the city
The beautifully ornate Turner Sims hall – named after its benefactor Miss Margaret Grassam Sims – opened in 1974 and is now established as a premiere performance venue in the South of England.
This year’s Autumn season is of particular interest with a special world music series that features Irish quartet Lankum, Malian guitarist Habib Koité and his compatriot Toumani Diabaté who will perform as part of a duo with kamancheh maestro Kayhan Kalhor.
A similarly enticing prospect is a joint performance from Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita in support of their new record Transparent Water. They will be joined by Afro-Venezuealan percussionist Gustavo Oyalles – who contributed featured on the album – for an exploration of polyrhythms and improvisatory craft, teasing out the overlap between West African and Latin American musical practice.
Here is the complete list of dates for the series:
Lankum – October 14
Habib Koité – October 20
Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present Transparent Water – November 9
Toumani Diabaté and Kayhan Kalhor – November 21
Värttinä – December 8
More information (including ticketing) is available on the Turner Sims website.