The Palestine Youth Orchestra

The Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) was created in 2004 by the ESNCM with the vision of bringing together young Palestinian musicians from around the world. The orchestra can rightly claim today that it is a quality national youth orchestra on a par with similar ensembles worldwide. Over the past ten years it has performed in Palestine, Germany, France, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain, Lebanon, Greece and Italy. The PYO comprises around eighty young musicians of Palestinian origin residing around the world. 
 
PYO musicians meet annually for a one-week residential course followed by a concert tour. From year to year, a different country is chosen for the residential course and the orchestra invites, alongside the young musicians of Palestinian origin, 10 to 15 young guest musicians from music institutions or youth orchestras of the hosting country. Students are coached by musicians who perform and teach with leading ensembles and music conservatoires. Recent guest tutors have come from the likes of English National Opera, Valencia Opera House, Qatar Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012 the ESNCM has developed a partnership with the Oslo Philharmonic which entails having members of the prestigious Norwegian orchestra as coaches for the sections of the Palestine Youth Orchestra.
 
Conductors who have directed the PYO include Sian Edwards, Tom Hammond, and Nicolas Simon. Among the distinguished soloists that have performed with the PYO are Marcel Khalife, Dima Bawab, Ahmad Al Khatib, Reem Talhami, Rim Banna, Alexander Suleiman, and Saleem Abboud Ashkar. The orchestra is dedicated to promoting the work of Palestinian and Arab composers, alongside well-known standards of the Western symphonic repertoire. Recent concerts have showcased music by Marcel Khalife, Salvador Arnita, Kinan Azmeh, Naji Hakim, and the Rahbani Brothers.
 
The PYO is always keen to hear from young Palestinian musicians residing around the world. Applicants should be of Palestinian origin, between 13 – 26 years of age, and be able to perform to at least grade 7 (ABRSM), on an orchestral instrument. Auditions are usually held in February/March. To join the orchestra, an online application must be completed. All expenses related to the orchestra members’ participation in the PYO (tutoring, travel, accommodation, meals) are covered by the ESNCM, with the exception of a registration fee. Scholarships are available for students who are unable to pay the fee. 
 
All enquiries regarding musical repertoire, performances, collaborations and exchanges with other musical institutions, or participation in the PYO either as a student or instructor, should be directed to Ms. Zeina Khoury- Orchestra Manager: zkhoury@ncm.birzeit.edu, +972 (0)2—2819156.

Concerts

2016 Tour of Britain

Perth Concert Hall
25/07/2016
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
26/07/2016
Leeds Town Hall
27/07/2016
Town Hall, Birmingham
29/07/2016
St. David's Hall, Cardiff
30/07/2016
Royal Festival Hall, London
01/08/2016
Conductor: Sian Edwards
Soloists: Nai Barghouti, voice
Beethoven

Leonore Overture no.3

Graham Fitkin

Metal

Zakaria Ahmad

Bi Ridhak ya Khaliqi

Rahbani Brothers

Ahtarifu al Huzna wal Intithar

Rahbani Brothers

Ruddani ila Biladi

Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)

Pictures at an Exhibition

2015 Tour of France

CRR de Paris
26/08/2015
Théâtre Antique de Fourvière, Lyon
28/08/2015
Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence
29/08/2015
Conductor: Nicolas Simon
Soloists: Mariam Tamari (soprano)
Hector Berlioz

Le Roi Lear, Ouverture op. 4

Charles Gounod

Je veux vivre from Roméo et Juliette

Giuseppe Verdi

È strano... Sempre libera from La Traviata

Naji Hakim

Baalbeck [French Premiere, 26 August, CRR de Paris]

Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovsky

Symphony n°2, "Little Russian"

2014 – Gaza fundraising concerts

Dar Al-Sarraf, Amman (Jordan)
19/08/2014
Franciscan Sister’s Auditorium, Amman (Jordan)
20/08/2014
Franciscan Sister’s Auditorium, Amman (Jordan)
21/08/2014
Conductor: Tom Hammond
Soloists: Reem Talhami (soprano), Mohamed Najem (clarinet)
Camille Saint-Saens

Bacchanale

L. Van Beethoven

Symphony no. 5

Hector Berlioz

Carnaval Romain

Salvador Arnita

Andante Meditativo

Kinan Azmeh

November 22nd

Suhail Khoury

Gaza

Rahbani Brothers

Zahret al-Mada'en

Klaus Badelt

Pirates of the Caribbean

2013 in Palestine and Jordan

Convention Palace, Bethlehem (Palestine)
27/08/2013
Ramallah Cultural Palace (Palestine)
28/08/2013
Al-Najah National University, Nablus (Palestine)
29/08/2013
Conductor: Sian Edwards
Soloists: Mohamed Najem (clarinet)
Wagner

Prelude from The Meistersinger of Nürnberg

Jenkins

Palladio

Verdi

Triumphal March from Aida

Arnita

Introduction and Oriental Dance No. 1

Copland

'Hoe-Down' from Rodeo

Kinan Azmeh

Wedding

Salim Dada

Bent Essahra, from Paysages Algeriene Suite

Dvořák

Symphony No. 9, 'New World'

Piazzolla

Libertango (arr. Milone)