The ESNCM Orchestra
The ESNCM Orchestra comprises current and former students, teachers and friends of the ESNCM, and guest students from other music institutions. The orchestra gave its first performance at the Friends’ Boys School, Ramallah, in May 2004. From humble origins it has developed into a 75-member ensemble. The orchestra delivers diverse programmes of orchestral music to local audiences, and the music is often introduced and discussed from the podium or from the stage by the students. In 2015, the ESNCM announced the appointment of Swiss conductor Elena Schwarz as the orchestra's Principal Conductor. Participating in the Orchestra provides a first-rate training experience for young Palestinian musicians, and possibilities for concerto performances by the ESNCM's advanced students and teachers.
The orchestra’s programmes include arrangements of traditional Arabic music, alongside music by the greats of classical music. Highlights have included the annual Nativity Church concert in Bethlehem (broadcast internationally on television), a performance of the Requiem mass by Gabriel Fauré in collaboration with the Jerusalem Chorus, events staged by Unicef and UNDP, the first orchestral concert in Hebron, and a concert performance in Dubai. Highlights of 2014 included Prokofiev's popular Peter and the Wolf, narrated in Arabic.
To be eligible for participation, students must normally have reached at least level 6 standard (ABRSM / ESNCM) on an orchestral instrument.
All enquiries regarding the ESNCM Orchestra should be directed to Ms. Zeina Khoury- Orchestra Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org, +970-2-281-9156.
The Convention Palace, Bethlehem (Concert for Bethlehem School Children)
The Convention Palace, Bethlehem
Selections from Carmen
The Cultural Palace Ramallah
The Cultural Palace Ramallah - Concert for UNICEF
Music by Mozart, Chaminade, Bartòk, Brahms, Nino Rota, Bizet and Agnes Chang,
2011 Christmas Concert at Nativity Church
Nativity Church Bethlehem - Broadcast by RAI Television
Music by: Beethoven, Paganini, Mozart, Bizet and Tchaikovsky, alongside popular and traditional songs from Palestine, Italy and England
The Latin Church Ramallah
Music by: Shostakovich, Torelli, Mozart, Faure, Dvorak, Johann Strauss II and Birzet