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YOUSSEF HBEISCH & AHMAD AL KHATIB

23/10/12

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Join us at Cadogan Hall for a concert by the Duo Sabîl (Ahmad Al Khatib, composition and oud, Youssef Hbeisch, percussions) with one of the most famous classical guitarists John Williams in support of the Gaza Music School and the Beit Almusica (Shafa’amr) programme.

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On Tuesday 23rd October, 7.30pm

During the concert, the Duo will perform its own acclaimed repertoire. The two Palestinian musicians will then present John Williams who will perform pieces from his incredible range, before joining the Duo in what promises to be a spectacular joint performance to end the evening.

Born in 1974, Ahmad Al Khatib learned oud with the Palestinian master Ahmad Abdel Qase. In 1997, he joined the Edward Said National Conservatory in Jerusalem, teaching in the Oriental Music Department and soon heading it.

Born in 1967, Youssef Hbeisch lives between Paris and Haifa. He taught for 7 years at the Edward Said National Conservatory and for 10 years at Beit AlMusica (Galilee) and gives academic seminars and master classes on a regular basis.

Organised by the A. M. Qattan Foundation, Beit Almusica, Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.

The concert will take place at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

About The Gaza Music School

The Gaza Music School (GMS) was established in response to growing demand for music education voiced by children and parents who attend the Qattan Center for the Child (QCC) in Gaza City, one of the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s main projects.

It is a unique project and is the only place for children to learn music in the Gaza Strip. The school specialises in Arabic instruments such as the Kanoun and the Oud but also teaches Western classical music theory and a number of instruments.

The school was destroyed during the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip in January 2009 but was immediately rebuilt and opened again to students in April 2009. In 2010 it counted 52 students and in 2011, the number reached 87 students. In 2012, the School was handed over by the A. M. Qattan Foundation to the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music to become its branch in Gaza. The number of students in April 2012 at the time of the handover was 125 students learning music and 9 oriental and classical instruments.

About Beit Almusica

Beit Almusica was established as a non-profit organization (NGO) in 1999 with the mission of promoting the cultural rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel, enriching society through the development of the musical scene, creating prospects for artists and interacting with other cultures through music.

In 2008, Beit Almusica consolidated its organizational development and expansion that witnessed an important boost in 2004 when they were awarded official recognition as a music conservatory and in April 2007, they moved to a two storey building in Shefa-Amer offering basic infrastructure for professional musical education. The new premises are set up to receive 500 students, have a concert hall that can host around 180 people and contain 15 special classrooms for teaching music. Today, Beit Almusica is one of the most renowned music centres in Israel, serving more than 10,000 beneficiaries every year. The establishment of the first Arab conservatory in Israel in 2004 was a milestone. Since then, hundreds of children from all over the Galilee have enrolled in the different programmes and have produced excellent performances.

Other flagship programmes include a yearly music festival and a community outreach programme. Beit Almusica is a unique organisation because it offers Arabic and Classical western music education and targets the Palestinian community in a culturally sensitive way.

Tickets £35, £25, £20. £10 for full-time students.
Student groups of 10+ tickets: £8 each.*

Book on the Cadogan Hall website or call the Cadogan Hall Box Office on: 020 7730 4500
*Student tickets available only through calling the Cadogan Hall Box Office. A booking fee applies.

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