In April 2022 at the Sheldonian Theatre, we held a one-off musical performance of wholly original songs developed by young musicians in Oxford working with the singer-songwriter Katie Melua. This was the culmination of the award-winning performer’s Visiting Fellowship. Over a number of weeks, she led workshops with Oxford student musicians and young people to develop the work, which is inspired by Oxford historian Professor Peter Frankopan’s book, The Silk Roads. The works draw on Professor Frankopan’s account of these ancient trade routes, exploring journeys through time, geographies and cultures. We will be welcoming Katie to the Cultural Programme again later in 2023.