Youth Orchestra of the Middle East makes its UAE debut

Published April 12th, 2009 - 08:02 GMT

Under the patronage of  H.H. Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, the inaugural performances of the Youth Orchestra of the Middle East held its first  concert on April 9th  at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai on April 10th at the Dubai College.

The Youth Orchestra showcased interest and support in this initiative which was a reflection of its continuous commitment to cultural development in the country, with a particular focus on young artists.

“Her Highness Sheikha Manal’s generous patronage of The Youth Orchestra of the Middle East is in line with her many endeavors aimed at promoting cultural awareness and a love for the classical arts, especially among the youth. The Youth Orchestra is a valuable platform and will be an annual project for young musicians to develop to the highest standards,” said Muna bin Kalli, Executive Director of Dubai Ladies Club.

She added, through this unique initiative we are planning to host various educational plans and projects to enlarge the scope of cultural development and offer young artists massive opportunities to develop their interest and talents in musical Art.



The orchestra brought together 60 school attending children  from six countries across the Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Yemen and Sultanate of Oman  who have rehearsed extensively over the past week for YOME’s inaugural performance. The event showcased the musical abilities of the young artists playing within a fully-fledged symphony orchestra at a professional level.

According to Christine Titterington, Co-Founder of the YOME, “The Youth Orchestra of the Middle East provides an excellent opportunity for dedicated young musicians in the region to develop their talent. The enthusiasm of our young participants is inspiring and we hope it will encourage more Emirati youth to participate in such creative activities.”


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