About Celebrating Sanctuary: Germa Adan & Xhosa Cole

We are sad to announce that Karolina Wegrzyn has had to withdraw from our July Lunchtime Concert due to illness. She is really sorry to not be with us and hopes to be back later in series.

But we are delighted to announce that at short notice we are able to bring you 2 of Birmingham’s finest musicians, Germa Adan and Xhosa Cole. Expect a surprising performance with beautiful and inspiring music.

Continuing the celebrations for their 20th Anniversary Programme CSB has more amazing World Music artists, as part of the ongoing series of events in partnership with B:Music at Symphony Hall. CSB will showcase a spectrum of local, national and international musicians, originating from around the world.

Germa Adan

Musician, composer and singer-songwriter, Germa is known for her ability to write and perform in the style of a storyteller with a strong undercurrent of social consciousness at the heart of her music and a desire to explore themes of the past and the modern day. Her recent song-writing and compositions are influenced by Haitian, American,British and world folk, as well as classical and contemporary composition techniques. Germa was born in Haiti, lived in the USA and currently resides in Birmingham. Her journey and autobiography have a major influence on her art and musical practice.

Germa creates an ethereal tapestry of rich vocal and stringed harmonies, influenced by the overlapping identities with culture and musical styles. She is well known for her unique use of the fiddle as an accompaniment to her vocals, using delicate yet intricate rhythm and harmonies.

Germa Adan performs solo, with her duo, trio, or quartet consisting of a variety of musicians from different backgrounds.


Xhosa Cole

Critically acclaimed saxophonist, flautist and composer, Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community outreach arts programmes in Birmingham. Having started playing Tenor Saxophone at Andy Hamilton MBE’s Ladywood Community Music School, Xhosa has now established himself among the long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists including Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. Xhosa’s early career was shaped by a number of musical mentors, giving him a varied outlook on his approach to development and a deep connection to the lineage and tradition of Jazz music. More recently it has been various collaborative, performance and compositional opportunities that have forged his development and helped to establish him as an emerging name on the UK scene.

In 2018 he was the recipient of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award and has since: performed alongside artists including Monty Alexander and Courtney Pine and as a soloist for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; had the opportunity to perform at prestigious venues and events including the BBC Proms, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Ronnie Scotts; and In 2020 received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Newcomer as well as having been nominated for the Jazz FM Breakthrough act.

Celebrating Sanctuary is a diverse music and arts organisation, who support and promote refugee and migrant artists. To find out more about their work please visit: https://www.celebrating-sanctuary.org.uk/

Celebrating Sanctuary is supported by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund

Booking Info

Free (limited) ticket for Disabled Visitor’s Carers, as per Access Scheme

Ticket commission

*Some events may carry a £3 - £4 ticket commission; charged per ticket. This is charged when you book through B:Music’s Box Office – online, by phone or in person. Any advertised prices will include any per-ticket fee that may apply.

Wheelchair Users and Disabled Patrons

If you require a wheelchair position (subject to availability) please call the Box Office on 0121 289 6343.

A range of tickets and services are available under our Access Scheme. To find out more, or to join the Access Scheme, email boxoffice@bmusic.co.uk or call us on 0121 289 6343.