This summer, the Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) will perform 2 concerts at The International Academy - Amman (IAA). Young Palestinian musicians will unite through music and perform in a spirit of hope and strength. We are aiming to raise £10,000 and want to support ESNCM with the costs of 8 international musicians travelling to coach orchestra sections for the concerts. We have 8 sections to name, for £1,250 each; however, all gifts are welcome.

The Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) was created in 2004 by the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music with the vision of bringing together young Palestinian musicians, aged 13 – 27 years, from across the globe.

Today the PYO is a leading youth orchestra with c.80 musicians, which has toured worldwide. Over the past decade, the orchestra has performed internationally, to include in Palestine, Germany, France, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain, Lebanon, Greece Italy and Turkey. In 2016, PalMusic organised an ambitious UK tour, which culminated at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Watch a performance excerpt from their 2019 Amsterdam concert here.

The PYO is a wonderful opportunity for young Palestinian musicians to come together to develop their skills and to share a remarkable experience, which will live with them forever. Music is a universal language and the PYO offers the perfect opportunity for collaboration and for celebrating our shared humanity' - Sal Sherratt, Director, PalMusic UK.

The orchestra needs 8 section coaches to work with the young musicians, preparing the repertoire and rehearsing the music, as well as performing where specific instruments are needed. There will be 9 days of intensive rehearsals from 6-14 July, and two public concerts.

The musicians will be volunteers, giving their time for free to support young Palestinian musicians.


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-Violin 2







Fund the practical costs for a professional musician to travel to Amman and coach a section.

We are seeking £1,250 per musician to make this wonderful project possible.*


We'd love to hear from you.


*15% of the total donations goes to keeping PalMusic operating.




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Despite the terrible conditions in northern Gaza, the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM) is delivering music activities for the community, with the aim of bringing smiles to the faces on of children and their families. So far, 24 schools have been involved in Jabalia City, Jabalia Town and Beit Lahia.

We are, as ever, deeply respectful of the talents and resilience of the teachers, musicians, and our colleagues at the ESNCM. We admire the courage and optimism of Palestinian families, who even now, speak of a ‘coming dawn of freedom and peace’.

We are delighted to share this report from ESNCM, on the activities in Nuseirat Refugee Camp.

Led by the academic supervisor of the Gaza Music School Mohammad Al-Habbash, and with the assistance of students Hala Al-Sammak and Saleh Jaber, two musical educational activities were implemented in Al-Nuseirat Elementary School A, now operating as a shelter for families who have fled their homes around the Gaza Strip.

The activities in Al-Nuseirat Refugee Camp are a part and continuation of a broader program of activities being implemented around the Gaza Strip, which the conservatory aims to extend to other areas in the coming weeks.

The conservatory thanks the efforts of the school’s administration for hosting the activities, especially Mr. Jaber Thabet the educational counsellor. 

Al-Habbash said, ‘The atmosphere was beautiful, and the engagement of children was amazing. Their parents joined the activities, and they even asked us to come every day.’ He explained that ‘Through these activities, the aim is to create spaces of learning through playing and spreading happiness among children’.

















































































































































































































































































































































































































































We hope to see you on 10 December.

















































































































COMMITTEE: Agnès Baetens /Lord Cope of Berkeley* Patron / Wissam Boustany* / Jay Crossland / Viscount Eccles CBE / John Harte / Countess of Sandwich, Caroline Montagu(Chair)* / Lena Saleh* / Suha Tuqan / Usama Tuqan* / Nicola Woodward

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