Palestine Youth Orchestra in Leeds, 27th July 2016

Palmusic UK announces:
Palestine Youth Orchestra in Leeds
27th July 2016
Concert at Leeds Town Hall
Tickets: 0113 376 0318 or book online at Leeds Town Hall

The Triumph of Youth & Talent: The PYO comes to Leeds Town Hall

This summer the Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) leaves the troubled olive groves of Palestine to tour Britain for the first time. Following a critically acclaimed performance by a smaller ensemble of the PYO (the Palestine Strings) with Nigel Kennedy at the BBC Proms in 2013, the PYO now embarks on its first ever UK tour under the baton of British conductor Sian Edwards, Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and the first ever winner of the Leeds Conducting Competition. Set against a backdrop of international political turmoil, these young musicians are poised to bring a message of inspiration and humanity to UK audiences.

Equally at home with Western and Arabic music, the PYO has a unique position amongst youth orchestras internationally. It was established by the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in 2004 with the vision of bringing together talented students from all over Palestine and the Palestinian Diaspora. Despite the daily obstacles they face, their drive and passion for music has entranced audiences in France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Greece, Oman, Syria, Bahrain and Lebanon.

Unable to rehearse together as an orchestra at home, the PYO will be meeting and rehearsing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland between the 18 – 24 July 2016. They will be joined by the Palestinian singer Nai Barghouti, a rising star of Arabic music and several students from leading British music colleges. The concert at Leeds Town Hall as part of the Leeds International Concert Series, will be the orchestras first ever appearance in England. For their English and Welsh dates the orchestra will be using instruments generously loaned by the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra. They will stay in Leeds for two days and will also host a social event with local young musicians and refugee families before their concert.

The concert programme will include:
Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3
Arabic songs by Om Kolthoum and Fairuz sung by Nai Barghouti
Graham Fitkin’s Metal – energy packed, pop inspired and suiting the PYO’s youthful musical vigour.
Arabic improvisations in the PYO’s own trademark style
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, the majestic orchestration by Ravel.

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