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The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq will be in UK this month Aug 18, 2012 Alraqeeb-London:The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq makes its highly anticipated UK debut with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and oud soloist Khyam Allami, led by Musical Director Paul MacAlindin and supported by players from the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra. The concerts include a new oud concerto by Gordon McPherson, with Kurdish and Arab Iraqi music alongside Fauré and Schubert’s “Tragic“ Symphony. 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 NOOI has been invited by the Scottish Government to hold three weeks summer school during the Edinburgh Festival. NYOI’s diversity brings together young Arabs and Kurds, among others from across Iraq, to create real harmony together. NYOI was founded by a brave 17-year-old Iraqi, Zuhal Sultan, just four 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, NYOI has been determined to create a national youth orchestra for Iraq and the world by collaborating with the British Council and the German Friends of NYOI.
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NYOI auditions each year on youtube and many receive their only tuition at the annual summer school. Performances: Performing Fauré’s Elegie with Julian Lloyd Webber. The Oud, the symbol of Iraqi civilisation, is being performed by soloist, Khyam Allami. Glasgow – 25th August 2012, 7.30pm: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Edinburgh – 26th August 2012, 7.30pm: Greyfriars Kirk as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. London – 28th August 2012, 7.30pm: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
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