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: zkhoury@ncm.birzeit.edu, +970-2-281-9156.

Concerts

2013

The Convention Palace, Bethlehem (Concert for Bethlehem School Children)
13/04/2013
The Convention Palace, Bethlehem
13/04/2013
Conductor: Juan David Molano , Philippe Savoy (Chorus Master)
Soloists: Soprano Coralie Quellier (soprano), Tenor Tareq Wahba (tenor), Choeur St-Michel Fribourg with members of Palestinian Choirs
G. Bizet

Selections from Carmen

2012

The Cultural Palace Ramallah
21/10/2012
The Cultural Palace Ramallah - Concert for UNICEF
06/11/2012
Conductor: Juan David Molano
Soloists: Nai Barghouti (flute), Dr. Agnes Chang - UNICEF Special Ambassador (voice)

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
20/12/2011
Conductor: Juan David Molano
Soloists: Fadi Deeb (piano), Laura Marzadori (violin), Sana Moussa (vocals), Petra Magoni (vocals), Enrico Nadai (vocals)

Music by: Beethoven, Paganini, Mozart, Bizet and Tchaikovsky, alongside popular and traditional songs from Palestine, Italy and England

2011, October

The Latin Church Ramallah
09/10/2011
Conductor: Juan David Molano
Soloists: Nai Barghouti (flute), Michael Flynn (trumpet)

Music by: Shostakovich, Torelli, Mozart, Faure, Dvorak, Johann Strauss II and Birzet