In July 2014, following a successful crowd-funding campaign, PALMUSIC UK sent four Palestinian students, Shireen (16), Hiba (17), Nishreen(17) and Jude(15) to the Ingenium Academy. The Ingenium Academy, located in the heart of Winchester, UK, is a leading  Summer Music School for young people aged between 13 and 18 years old. This summer, it welcomed over one hundred students from thirty-five countries in four continents for a unique musical and cultural experience.

Shireen, Hiba, Nishreen and Jude from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music spent three weeks of intensive music-training and received top-quality tuition from resourceful and high-skilled British and international musicians. They participated in private classes, rehearsals, workshops and Masterclasses while they also visited key historic sites both in Winchester and London. Their stay culminated with a concert at St James Piccadilly Church, London, where the students impressed the audience with their accomplished performances.

Palmusic UK visited the young girls in Winchester and witnessed the outstanding quality of the course and its benefits for young aspiring musicians. During their time at the Ingenium Academy, the students did not only improved their technique and developed their musical expertise, but they also discovered new places, made long-lasting friendships, learned from each other and opened their horizons. And the fruits of this experience will continue to flourish as the four young girls returned back to Palestine full of rich experiences and encounters to share with their families and friends. Their teacher at the ESNCM said about the Ingenium Academy,; ”The girls really appreciated the opportunity they were given at the Ingenium Academy and it seems that they have made the most of their time in the UK. As their teacher, I can see that this course significantly improved their musical ability but it is also evident that the girls developed social and personal skills and grew into more mature and self-disciplined students”.

This project is part of our efforts to enhance the Music education of young Palestinians and to offer educational and cultural opportunities that will open new doors to them.

We would like to thank all our supporters, who helped us succeed in our first crowd-funding campaign.

We are looking forward to collaborating with the Ingenium Academy again and to enabling more Palestinians to attend this unique course.

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