We are proud to introduce you the Palestine Strings!

Formed in the summer of 2011, the Palestine Strings is the most recent orchestral initiative by the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM), which launched the Palestine Youth Orchestra and Palestine National Orchestra, and has been a frontrunner of the resurrection of culture in Palestine.

The Palestine Strings first assembled for a series of choreographed violin ensemble performances, which they toured in sixteen cities in the USA. Kennedy came across the talented youngsters in early 2013, and that summer they teamed up for an outdoor concert at the Yabous Festival in East Jerusalem, performing the ‘’Summer’’ Concerto from the Four Seasons along with an extended set of Kennedy’s own compositions. During the concert in East Jerusalem, Nigel performed short improvisations with some of the students in the orchestra. Palestinian students are often schooled in both traditional and western classical music, so improvisation comes naturally to them. The confident and inspired musical delivery of the Vivaldi, and the students’ instinctive musicality, was something struck a chord with Kennedy’s own musical identity, and a year later they gave an outstanding performance at the BBC Proms, playing the complete set of concertos at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The members of the Palestine Strings come from a variety of backgrounds and locations in Palestine, and are brought together by their passion for performing and studying music. Read More

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