Thursday 16 June 2016

Palestine Youth Orchestra makes UK debut

Palestine Youth Orchestra - photo Khalid AlBusaid ROHM
Palestine Youth Orchestra - photo Khalid AlBusaid ROHM
The Palestine Youth Orchestra will be making its UK debut this summer. Conducted by Sian Edwards, the orchestra will be performing Beethoven overture Leonore No. 3, Metal the pop-inspired piece by Graham Fitkin, songs made famous by legendary Arab singers Fayrouz and Om Kolthoum, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The tour takes in six venues, Perth Concert Hall (23 July), Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (26 July), Leeds Town Hall (27 July), Birmingham Town Hall (29 July), St David's Hall, Cardiff (30 July) and the Royal Festival Hall (1 August).

Whilst this will be the orchestra's first performance in the UK, a smaller group the Palestine Strings made a strong impression at the BBC Proms in 2013 accompanying Nigel Kennedy. Sian Edwards first conducted the orchestra in 2004 and has since conducted it on a number of tours.

The orchestra was established by the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in 2004 with the vision of bringing together young Palestinian musicians from around the world in a high-quality orchestral ensemble, and delivering their message of inspiration and humanity to audiences worldwide. The 85 musicians, comprising students and high-level amateurs aged 14 to 26 from all over Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora, will travel to the UK from over 10 countries.

Full information from the Palmusic website.

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