Upcoming Events


Taqasim Oud Club – Classical Egyptian Violin



The Taqasim #OudClub Concert Series is back!
NEW program! NEW Venue! And IN-PERSON!



Join us for a night of Classical Egyptian Violin featuring violin virtuoso Waeil Abo Bakr, is a celebration of the Golden Era of Egyptian music from the ’50s. The violin performance will be accompanied by oud and percussion. 



When: Monday, 28th June 2021 @ 8:00pm

Where: St John the Baptist Church, Hoxton Pitfield Street, London N1 6NP



Get your tickets online here







This event is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.



*Important Note* – Covid-19
Second London Lockdown

Seeing as London is going into its 2nd lockdown, we have had to move all Oud and Arabic Music Theory classes back online. We are please to continue offering quality classes to our students despite having to remain at home.

As of the 7th of November 2020 all face-to-face oud classes and Arabic Music Theory will be held online.
Unfortunately, we are unable to continue offering Darbuka classes. We hope these will resume as usual after the end of this lockdown.

Keep well, stay safe and continue to create music.

If you have any questions please email us as school@taqasim.net  

We look forward to seeing you online.

The TMS Team


Summer Intensive Course

Monday 24 August –Saturday 29 August 2020


Introduction to Arabic Music is an intensive course that will introduce the basics of Arabic music. The objective of this course is to give students a good basic theoretical and practical understanding of Arabic music.

The material covered will include a brief history of Arabic music, maqamaat, rhythms and musical forms presented along with a select repertoire of traditional and popular music. These will be analyzed and presented in a cultural and historical context. 

Students are encouraged to bring along a stringed instrument to play during the course. A Oud is preferable, as it is one of the main Arabic musical instruments used today.

To make the best of this course, students are advised to practice regularly. 

The course will run for 6 consecutive days.


The last day of the course will be dedicated to playing a select number of pieces that have been covered during the course. Students are welcome to bring along their instrument of choice if they wish. 

Note: Playing an instrument is not a requirement to enrol in this course. 

Registration: £145 (paid online)
Course Book: £5 (paid on the first day of class)

Sign-up Here

Monday 24 August – Saturday 29 August 2020 | 6 days | 14 hours
Monday – Friday 18:00 – 20:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00
17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 August
Course Fee: £145


Online Open Day & Solo Performance 


Registration is free!
Click here for booking

When:  Saturday 30th May from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (London time) on Zoom

Our special online Open Day and solo performance is a chance for you to listen to a great 20-minute performance by our founding director, artist Ahmed Mukhtar, to meet our teachers and ask us any questions about our courses and events.

Event schedule:
A brief introduction (5 minutes)
20-minute solo oud performance by Ahmed Mukhtar
A word from our founding director (5 minutes)
Meet the team (5 minutes)
Q & A


Taqasim Oud Club – Arabic Music: from Syria to Spain



Regretfully, due to the recent developments surrounding the Covid-19 virus, this event has been cancelled.

The health and wellbeing of our audience members, artists and organizers are our top priority.

We hope to be back with more unique programming once the situation subsides.

Looking forward to seeing you at later events.

Kind regards,

The Taqasim Foundation Trustees







The Taqasim Oud Club concert series is supported using public funding by Arts Council England


Taqasim Oud Club – Flamenco Guitar & Poetry



The Taqasim Oud Club this February. Flamenco Guitar & Poetry, will highlight the sounds of Andalusia played by Ignacio Monteverde alongside poetry recitations of Niall Mcdevitt and Sophie Naufal’s original work.


Flamenco Guitar & Poetry
Monday, 24th February 2020 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX



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The Taqasim Oud Club concert series is supported using public funding by Arts Council England


Taqasim Oud Club – Oud & Darbuka: maqams & rhythms



The Taqasim Foundation will start the 2020 Oud Club series with the concert Oud & Darbuka: maqams & rhythms. It will feature oud master Ahmed Mukhtar and Elizabeth Nott of percussion. 


Oud & Darbuka: maqams & rhythms
Monday, 27th January 2020 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX


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The Taqasim Oud Club concert series is supported using public funding by Arts Council England


60 Minute Concerts – Oud & Guitar




A concert of fusion and conversation between Ahmed Mukhtar’s Oud and Ignacio Monteverde’s flamenco Guitar.



When: Saturday, 30th November 2019 

Where: Church on the Corner, 64 Barnsbury Road, London N1 0ES
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Taqasim Oud Club: Ahmed Mukhtar & The Taqasim Ensemble



The Taqasim Foundation and the Taqasim Music School have put together a very special performance for our monthly Oud Club on the 25th of November.

The Taqasim Ensemble, lead by Ahmed Mukhtar, will present a night of traditional Arabic music and a selection of Ahmed Mukhtar’s original compositions. The ensemble consists of oud, Middle-Eastern violin (playing quarter-tones), viola and recorder.
Spaces are limited!


Event Details

Taqasim Oud Club: Ahmed Mukhtar & The Taqasim Ensemble When: Monday, 25th November 2019 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

Tickets: CLICK HERE to book your ticket – (£5/ticket)


See you there!





Maqam & Oud: Faith & Music in the Middle East & a performance by the Taqasim Ensemble

The Taqasim Foundation, London, has teamed up with the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, to join the first workshop of a series titled: Maqam & Oud. At the workshop, Ahmed Mukhtar will address Arabic music history and theory and the role it has played in the

secular and religious contexts of the Middle-East.

The Taqasim Ensemble, lead by Ahmed Mukhtar, will perform after the workshop. The ensemble consists of oud, Middle-Eastern violins (playing quarter-tones), viola and recorder. The group has come together to play a mixed repertoire of traditional Middle-Eastern pieces and original compositions by Mukhtar.


Spaces are limited. Please book online HERE   

Maqam & Oud: Faith and Music in the Middle-East When: Monday, 25th November 2019 at 4:00 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

Tickets: CLICK HERE to book online (free tickets)


Taqasim Oud Club: Taqasim Ensemble When: Monday, 25th November 2019 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

Tickets: CLICK HERE to book online (£5/ticket)


Taqasim Oud Clinic – November 2019 

Our termly Taqasim Oud Clinic is back!
Teachers will be available to re-string and examine your oud, and carry out basic repairs.

When: Friday, 1st of Novmeber 2019 from 16:30 – 20:00 
Where: The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE 
Fee: £3 (general) / £2 (registered students)

See you there,
The TMS team


Taqasim Oud Club: Music & Poetry from Iraq – October 2019 

We are pleased to announce that the next Taqasim Oud Club in October is hosting the acclaimed Iraqi poet Abdul Hamid alSayeh. 

The night will begin at 7:30 with an Open-Mic session of music and poetry, followed by a poetry recitation by alSayeh of his work in Arabic and in English translation.

Taqasim Oud Club: Music & Poetry from Iraq 
Monday, 28th October 2019 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX

Tickets: £5 at the door

See you there!




Taqasim Oud Club: Sufi Song & Oud – July 2019 *SOLD OUT*


The Taqasim Foundation & the Taqasim Music School are pleased to announce a special program for our September Taqasim Oud Club!


Oud master, Ahmed Mukhtar and renowned Algerian Sufi artist, Redha Boudebagh have joined forces to bring you a very special program that has been a year in the making. Join us on the 30th of September at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden and experience the unique fusion of Sufi maqam, Baghdadi oud and Andalusian vocals.


Sufi Song and Oud
When: Monday, 30th September 2019 at 7:30 pm

Where: 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX


Purchase your tickets here
Sorry, this event has been sold out




Musical Journeys


A concert of eclectic fusion. Ahmed Mukhtar will join forces with cellist, Sonia Hammond and pianist Camilla Saunders performing Mukhtar’s original compositions, traditional Iraqi Songs and improvisational explorations.


When: Saturday, 14th September 2019  Where: Presteigne Hall, Wales

For Tickets: Call 015475209 / 07399412030 or pay at the door 










Taqasim Foundation: Music of the Maghreb

Join Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar and discover the music of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. For more information, click HERE

 مؤسسة تقاسيم تقدم: امسية موسيقى المغرب العربي مع احمد مختار

 للمزيد من المعلومات اضغط هنا

When: Thursday, 20th June 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Where: The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 0SW

Tickets: Free admission (spaces are limited) 


Stroud Green Festival – The Secrets of Andalusia

The Story of Flamenco music’s embedded roots in medieval Spanish, Arabic and Sephardic music: an exciting coming together of one of London’s most exciting young early music group Lex Musicae London, with master of the oud Ahmed Mukhtar and master of the flamenco guitar Ignacio Lusardi Monteverde

For more information click HERE

امسية: أسرار الأندلس – عود وجيتار مع احمد مختار و اجناسيو مونتيفيردي – للمزيد من المعلومات وللتذاكر اضغط هنا

When: Saturday, 15th June 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Where: St. Saviour’s Church, 79 Hanley Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 3DQ 

Tickets: Click HERE (scroll to event 11)


Ahmed Mukhtar – Album Release Concert & CD Signing

 رؤى من العراق – امسية و توقيع اسطوانة

We are pleased to announce Ahmed Mukhtar’s upcoming Album Release Concert this June.

احمد مختار – رؤى من العراق – امسية و توقيع اسطوانة في لندن للمزيد من المعلومات وللتذاكر اضغط هنا



Ahmed Mukhtar will be at the Green Note, Camden Town for a special album release concert followed by a CD signing.

When: Tuesday, 11th of June 2019 (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Where: Green Note

  106 Parkway,

  London, NW1 7AN

Tickets: Click HERE


Ahmed Mukhtar & Yair Dalal: Taqasim on Oud

Ahmed Mukhtar & Yair Dalal in conversation about Iraqi music, its influences and their inspirations followed by a recital of their music and improvisation.

There will be a reception at 7:45 pm.
The Seminar and Recital will begin at 8:15 pm and will consist of a 10-minute break.

Event details:

When: 12thFebruary 2019 at 8:15 pm (reception begins at 7:45 pm)
Where: The Ismaili Centre
                 1 – 7 Cromwell Gardens,

For tickets, please click HERE 

See you there!


Maqam Moods 

When: 29 November 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Where: The Mosaic Rooms,
              Tower House
              226 Cromwell Rd
              SW5 0SW




Oud master Ahmed Mukhtar takes the audience on a musical journey, presenting a brief history of Arabic Maqams. The event explores the rhythms and musical forms through which Maqam scales invoke feelings and moods. With percussionist Elizabeth Nott.

Tickets: Free

The Taqasim Foundation has been established to promote Middle-Eastern musical traditions in a contemporary context and develop a wider appreciation for the many facets of Arabic music. The foundation strives to contribute to the ever-growing cultural tapestry of the UK and aim to organise a variety of unique concert series and events that showcase the rich musical culture that the Middle-East has to offer.


London Strings Festival – Ahmed Mukhtar and the Veles Ensemble

We are pleased to announce that our founding director, Oud Master, artist and composer Ahmed Mukhtar will be performing at the opening night of the London Strings Festival this September! 

This special presentation will feature traditional pieces, taqasim and maqamaat on the oud followed by contemporary compositions accompanied by the Veles String Ensemble.

When:Wednesday, 26th of September @19:30
Where:St. Margaret Pattens Church, Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1HS 

Tickets now available online Click HERE to purchase





Taqasim Oud Club


We are pleased to announce a special Taqasim Oud Club this month.

The night will open with an open mic session of poetry and music performed by anyone who would like to take part. This will be followed by a performance of Babylonian music and poetry by artists Ahmed Mukhtar, Ignacio L Monteverde and David Erdos.

Where: The Poetry Cafe, 22 Batterton St., London, WC2H 9BX 
When: 13th of November @ 7:00pm

Please arrive early to be added to the open mic line-up.





 Charity Concert: Common & Kind – International Collaborative Fundraiser



A charity concert in collaboration with:
Musicians without Borders
Music Action International
Amnesty International

Address: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN
Date: 25th July 2017

For more details visit: www.commonandkind.com