“Joyously cross-cultural, stylistically boundless” – BBC Radio 3 Music Matters
The Inner Vision Orchestra is honoured to be performing at the opening ceremony of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 18th August 2023.
The IBSA World Games are the largest high-level international event for athletes with visual impairments, with more than 1000 competitors from more than 70 nations. The Inner Vision Orchestra was founded in 2012 and is the world’s only professional ensemble of blind and visually impaired musicians. They have been brought together from around the world by Indian multi-instrumentalist and composer Baluji Shrivastav OBE.
The Inner Vision Orchestra delight audiences with their unique blend of joyful music from all over the world which moves between songs from Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, to soulful Gospel and Blues to sublime Indian Ragas and Western Classical compositions. They regularly tour and perform in top venues around the UK and have released music with Arc/Naxos. Their performance will feature the premiere of the IBSA World Games Anthem, composed especially for this event by Linda Shanovitch.
*The IBSA World Games are the largest high-level international event for athletes with visual impairments, with more than 1000 competitors from more than 70 nations. This year’s games will be held from 18-27 August 2023
Staged every four years the World Games are the pinnacle of the international calendar outside of the Paralympic Games. With three Paralympic and eight non-Paralympic sports, for some athletes it is the highest level they can compete at.
There are over two million people in the UK living with sight loss, with over 28,000 people from the community resident in Birmingham.
Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive Officer, British Blind Sport commented “As the IBSA affiliated organisation representing Great Britain, we are delighted to have been selected to host the 2023 IBSA World Games. This is really an immense opportunity for us and all stakeholders to showcase an amazing sporting event for visually impaired people from across the globe. Our choice of Birmingham as the host city put us in great position, showcasing to the host selection committee a city that is vibrant, inclusive and welcoming.
Official website: https://www.ibsagames2023.co.uk/
*The Inner Vision Orchestra was founded in 2012 and is the world’s only professional ensemble of blind and visually impaired musicians. They have been brought together from around the world by Indian maestro Baluji Shrivastav OBE.
The orchestra regularly tours and perform in top venues around the UK and have released music with Arc/Naxos.
The Inner Vision Orchestra is one of the main projects of The Baluji Music Foundation, which programmes and promotes blind and partially sighted musicians. It promotes equal working opportunities in music for blind and partially sighted people.