Here are the primary organisations and individuals supporting this project, with several other applications for major fundraising underway.

Bagri Foundation

The Bagri Foundation is a UK registered charity, inspired by unique and unexpected ideas that weave the traditional and the contemporary of Asian culture. The Foundation, with its roots in education, is driven by curiosity and a desire to learn, and aims for each project to challenge, engage and inspire. Through a diverse programme of film, visual arts, music, dance, literature and talks, the Bagri Foundation gives artists and experts from across Asia and the diaspora, wider visibility on the global stage. Recent projects include Chang/ce series of digital animations; Tantra: enlightenment to revolution at the British Museum; The Bottom Drawer: Books that Changed my Lifeand From Here to Eternity: Sunil Gupta, A Retrospective at The Photographer’s Gallery, London.

Bagri Foundation has made a generous donation for the animation of Zal & Phoenix.

The Marchus Trust

We gratefully acknowledge support from The Marchus Trust fund for the animation of Zal & Phoenix.

PRS Foundation's 'Women Make Music' 

We gratefully acknowledge support from PRS Foundation’s ‘Women Make Music’ Fund.


Dame Bridget D’Oyly Carte (1908-1985) established The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust in 1972 to support her personal interests which included her enjoyment of theatre, music and gardening, and, in particular, helping disadvantaged and disabled children. Today, the Trust continues her legacy through its three grant programmes: the advancements of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.

Dame Bridget was the grand-daughter of Richard D’Oyly Carte, the theatrical impresario who famously built and opened the Savoy Theatre (London) in 1881 and the Savoy Hotel in 1889.

Zal team is very grateful to the D’Oyly Carte Trust for their generous support.

Kent Sinfonia

A leading freelance professional orchestra based in the County of Kent, aims to bring live orchestral music to all including, through its successful educational projects, the next generation of concert-goers. The orchestra is performing the premiere of Zal & Phoenix in Autumn 2021 and collaborating in education projects.

Conductor, James Ross

Conductor, James Ross whose international career includes a standing interest in middle-Eastern and non-Western music, directs an ensemble including duduk and traditional Iranian ethnic instruments daf and tombak.

The British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS)

The British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) is the UK’s foremost learned society dedicated to promoting and supporting scholarship and research excellence on all aspects of Iran and the wider Persianate world, and to increasing public understanding and knowledge of this region. The Persianate world includes territories historically associated with Persian and Iranian culture and language: Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Transcaucasia, Iraq, the Persian Gulf littoral, and South Asia.

PSCPS exists to promote Persian studies in Cambridge and across the UK. Its activities include termly lectures on Persian and Islamic art, academic conferences and publications and other cultural events, like art exhibits and musical performances.

Ulysses Arts is a UK-based classical music record label and consultancy, providing recording production, distribution and label services, artistic project management, due diligence for investors, trusts and foundation, press and PR. The Company was founded in 2008 by Jonathan Gruber, now head of classical music for iTunes and Apple Music. Ulysses Arts offers its partners more than a decade of experience in artistic planning, the recording industry and digital media

Artists and clients have included Deutsche Grammophon, Apple/iTunes, The Berliner Philharmoniker, The Barbican Centre, 21C Media Group of New York, The Association of British Orchestras, Meyer Sound Laboratories, France’s Bureau Export, L’Orchestre de Paris, L’Orchestre national de Lille, Chanticleer, Julliard String Quartet, Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Louth Contemporary Music and soloists including Thomas Hampson, Margaret Marshall, Jeremy Denk and Sarah Willis. Ulysses Arts has also helped young artists supported by charity Talent Unlimited.

Ulysses Arts produces and distributes recordings under its own UA label, and manages production and distribution for other artists and institutional clients.

It is committed to releasing the audio recording of Shohreh Shakoory’s Zâl and The Phoenix.

Professor Djalal Khaleghi Motlagh

Professor Djalal Khaleghi Motlagh poet, writer and researcher for Shahnameh, Dr Khaleghi-Motlagh has conducted over 50 years of extensive research on the epic literature of Iran and the Shahnameh. His research papers have been published in the most prestigious international academic journals. Among his extensive works are his editing of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, which has been published in eight volumes under the late editor and founder of the Encyclopedia Iranica, Ehsan Yarshater. professor Khaleghi-Motlagh’s numerous appointments include his teaching posts in Germany, faculty membership in the International Millennium Congress of the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi as well as being a board member of the Trustees of the Ferdowsi Foundation and on the committee for the Cambridge Shahnameh Centre for Persian Studies in the UK.

Bonyad Ferdowsi Tus Organisation

TUS is the foremost non-profit organisation in Iran dedicated to promoting the work of Ferdowsi and other Iranian art and literature.

ShivaNova / DAN Network

ShivaNova is a cutting-edge world music company led by composer Priti Paintal. It celebrates cultural diversity through music as well as through other art-forms including storytelling, dance, visual art and projection, circus and theatre. ShivaNova also delivers an extensive programme of workshops for young people.

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