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The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is coming to Aix-en-Provence in August 2013! The orchestra makes its highly anticipated French debut with cellist David Edmonds, led by Music Director Paul MacAlindin. This year, we are looking forward to support and friendship from the National Youth Orchestra of France, when 14 of their players will join us, and the Grand Theatre de Provence. To celebrate Marseilles-Provence as Cultural Capital of Europe, we are performing alongside the National Youth Orchestras of Spain, Italy, France.
Our concert includes world premiere of “Anfal” by the Kurdish composer Najat Amin, and “The Magic of the East”, by the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Mohammed Amin Ezzat, in a programme with Saint-Saens 2nd Cello Concerto and Beethoven Symphony 8.
The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is a fantastic living example of peace and reconciliation by Iraqis, for Iraq and for the world. This year we are invited by the Grand Theatre de Provence to hold our three week summer school during their celebrations as Cultural Capital of Europe. NYOI’s diversity brings together young Arabs and Kurds, among others from across Iraq, to create real harmony together. We were founded by a brave 17-year-old Iraqi, Zuhal Sultan, just five years ago. Since then, the orchestra has developed with the tireless energy of Musical Director Paul MacAlindin. Though many musicians fled the country during the war, we have been determined to create a national youth orchestra for Iraq and the world by collaborating with British Council, the German Friends of NYOI and the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras. We audition each year on youtube and many of us receive our only tuition at the annual summer school.
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Our ambitious visit is made possible because of generous support from many organisations and individuals.
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Come and hear us perform Beethoven 8 and Saint-Saens’ 2nd Cello Concerto with rising star David Edmonds. Tickets are available online here:
- Grand Theatre de Provence – 13th August 2013, 8.30pm: Aix en Provence
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