On Wednesday 25 September, The Janus ensemble performed an amazing programme in aid of Bakhita House and Olallo House, both of which support people who have escaped from slavery and trafficking. The evening featured a rare performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto with award-winning soloist Ariana Kashefi, and a beautiful rendition of Debussy’s Danse Sacrée et Profane featuring Harpist Oliver Wass. We are extremely grateful to both soloists, the whole orchestra with conductor Michael Coleby.
The concert could not have happened without the support of the priests and parishioners of St Mary’s Church, Cadogan Street, a stunning setting which added to the enjoyment of the evening.
The staff and volunteers at Bakhita House and Olallo House are extremely grateful to all who attended and all those who helped make this evening a success – the funds raised will support their work for women and men who have escaped modern slavery and trafficking.
Bakhita House is a refuge for 10 women who have escaped human trafficking, opened by Caritas Westminster in 2015. Since then over 100 women have been supported
to rebuild their lives
Olallo House is a hostel for men and women run by the St John of God Hospitaller Services. It is one of the only resources available for men who are victims of the crime of human trafficking.