The Story of PalMusic UK

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The Friends of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music UK (ESNCM) was established as a UK charity in 2012. Lena Saleh, Usama Tuqan, Lord Cope, Michel Massih, Robin Kealy, Wissam Boustany, Lord Eccles and Caroline McCormick made up the founding committee. The Friends became known as PalMusic UK in 2013.
A few examples of what makes PalMusic UK fundraising possible:
2013

BBC Proms

In 2013, we provided logistical and financial support for the ESNCM Palestine Strings to perform with Nigel Kennedy in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

ESNCM Palestine Strings at the Proms with Nigel Kennedy

Palestine National Competition, Jerusalem

2014

Palestine National Competition 

In 2014, we sent musicians from Britain as judges for the Palestine National Competition. We are doing so again this year.

2016

Palestine National Competition 

In June 2016, PalMusic UK facilitated London performances for students from the Gaza branch of ESNCM

ESNCM Students, London 2016

Palestine Youth Orchestra UK Tour

2016

PYO UK Tour 2016 

In August 2016, PalMusic promoted a highly successful six-city UK tour for the Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO). Conducted by PalMusic’s Patron Sian Edwards, the PYO visited Glasgow, Perth, Leeds, Birmingham and Cardiff, culminating in a wonderful performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

2017-2019

PalMusic UK Concerts

In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Palestinian music students sponsored by PalMusic have toured the UK, raising funds for ESNCM through concerts.

Other concerts have featured internationally renowned musicians including, The Chilingirian Quartet, Tasmin Little, Nigel Kennedy, Piers Lane, Sian Edwards, Nai Barghouti, Dima Bawab, Iyad Sughayer and Wissam Boustany.

Long-Distance Learning

In partnership with the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, PalMusic UK assists the Long-Distance Learning programme for ESNCM music students/teachers in Gaza, providing regular Skype masterclasses.

Grants, Bursaries & Scholarships

We provide grants/bursaries for young Palestinian musicians to attend intensive summer courses in the UK.

We send British musicians to Palestine to give master classes:

  • Levon Chilingirian (violin)
  • Juan Lluna (clarinet)
  • Wissam Boustany (flute)
  • Aleksander Szram (piano)
  • Karin Norlen (viola)

We finance scholarships for young musicians in Palestine to study at the ESNCM and provide instruments to the school.

We award scholarships for advanced Palestinian musicians to study at UK conservatoires.

Recipients to date:

  • Maya Khalidi (singer) Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Tibah Saad (cello) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Omar Saad (viola) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Lourdina Baboun (violin) Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

We make a real difference in the lives of young Palestinians.

Palmusic UK Concert

Skype masterclass

We make a real difference in the lives of young Palestinians.

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PalMusic UK Events

World Mental Health Day – 10th October

World Mental Health Day – 10th October

Throughout 2020 PalMusic has been collaborating with the UK Palestine Mental Health Network for a fortnightly ‘Café Palestine: a showcase of Palestinian culture and discussion on mental health issues facing Palestinian society. Psychoanalyst and co-founder of the...

Loving Beethoven and your country seem to be a dangerous combination

Loving Beethoven and your country seem to be a dangerous combination

Other than the ongoing daily policies the Israelis are trying to enforce in East Jerusalem, we do not know what triggered the attack on the morning of the 22nd of July, on The Jerusalem Society for Music Education "Edward Said National Conservatory of Music" and...

Online Concert Series: Navigating Isolation Through Music

Online Concert Series: Navigating Isolation Through Music

Online Concert Series: Navigating Isolation Through MusicIn the first of an online concert series PalMusic UK featured the work of three Arab musicians who personally chose pieces for the event: Kinan Azmeh: Clarinet player and composer who chose two movements,...