Suat Sancar’s musical tribute to Kemal Atatürk with concerts in Birmingham, London and Manchester

One of the UK’s most highly regarded Turkish classical music artists, Suat Sancar, is to present a series of concerts as a musical tribute to Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Republic of Turkiye, as part of Turkish celebrations worldwide during the country’s centenary year.

Sancar will be leading members of three distinctive Turkish classical music choirs based in London, Birmingham and Manchester as they perform Turkish classical and folk songs in their respective cities during April and May.

Hosted by Günay Measy, each of the three concerts will comprise of two parts: the first will be a rendition of Atatürk’s favourite songs, followed by a second half performance featuring singer and choirmaster Suat Sancar.

The evening’s repertoire will also feature soloists and duets. They include:

  • Emir Ferhatoğlu performing a solo with the song Cânâ Rakîbi Handân Edersin
  • Bircan Tuzen performing a solo with the song Yemen Türküsü, and
  • Sumru Ahmet and Emre Gökyiğit performing a duet of the song Sarı Kurdelem Sarı

Singer Fahri Nur will also make a special appearance in London, where he will perform a selection of his own compositions.

The three concerts will conclude with a duet performance of a traditional Turkish folk song from Selanik (Thessaloniki), Bir Fırtına Tuttu Bizi., featuring Suat Sancar and his musical prodigy, Beste Cikcık, a music graduate from Brunel University, who will also be playing the piano during the concert.

About Suat Sancar

Suat Sancar is an acclaimed singer, composer, musician, and choirmaster, whose music and cultural activities have been broadcast on television and radio in both Türkiye and the UK. He received a letter of appreciation from the late monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, after he composed new music in honour of her Diamond Jubilee when she celebrated sixty years on the throne.

Composer, musician, singer and choirmaster Suat Sancar


In 2005, Sancar founded the London Classical Music Choir, which has performed multiple concerts to diverse audiences.

In recent years, following demand from the UK Turks in Manchester and Birmingham, Sancar has helped establish two additional choirs in these respective cities, helping to share the delights of Turkish classical and folk music with these communities.

Concert Details

Title: Suat Sancar presents a musical tribute to Kemal Atatürk

Birmingham Concert Details

Date: Saturday 27 April 2024

Venue: St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Bristol Street, Birmingham B5 7BE

Ticket prices: £15

Times: Doors open at 7.30pm. The event starts at 8pm and runs until 10pm

London Concert Details

Date: Saturday 04 May 2024

Venue: St Andrew’s Church, Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 5PP

Ticket prices: £20

Times: Doors open at 7.30pm. The event starts at 8pm and runs until 10pm

Manchester Concert Details

Date: Sunday 19 May 2024

Venue: Parrs Wood Road Church, Corner of Parrs Wood Road and Fog Lane, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6EE

Ticket prices: £20

Times: Doors open at 6.45pm. The event starts at 7.19pm

Admission: The price of each concert ticket is £20 per person (£15 in Birmingham).  There will be no numbered seats at the venues with seats available on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.

Tickets: please email to reserve and pay for your tickets

Info: for more information about the London Turkish Classical Music Choir, please visit their website

For information about Suat Sancar, visit his website,