Galilee Quartet – Strings of Life Amos Trust and Palmusic UK presents Strings of LifeJune 2, 2017, midnight
Join us in London and Oxford for a Just Walk to Jerusalem event featuring The Galilee Quartet playing music from Beethoven, Fairuz, Mohammed Abdel Wahab and more.
Amos Trust and Palmusic UK presents Strings of Life
– a Just Walk to Jerusalem event featuring
The Galilee Quartet
Sunday 4th June, London at 7:45pm
also featuring Maya Khaldi
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL
Tuesday 6th June, Oxford at 7:30pm
St Margaret’s Church, 19 St Margaret’s Road, Oxford OX2 6RX
Tickets £15/ £12
Featuring music by Beethoven, Fairuz and Mohammed Abdel Wahab and more.
These dynamic teenage musicians from the Galilee perform a richly diverse, sparkish and soulful programme of Oriental and Western music for strings and voices with infectious charisma and flair.
When 16-year old Palestinian violin prodigy Mostafa Saad played with Nigel Kennedy at Bethlehem Unwrapped at St James’s Piccadilly in January 2014, his older brother Omar, viola player in the Galilee Quartet, was in prison for refusing military service in Israel.
As a Palestinian Druze family with Israeli citizenship, the Saad brothers are eligible for conscription. Omar’s Facebook letter to Israel’s prime minister went viral in 2012.
His only weapon was music, he wrote, “I will not be the fuel to the fire of your war.” Later, in an interview with the Evening Standard, he said, “I can’t imagine myself playing music with my friends, and the next day with the IDF at the checkpoint, humiliating them. This [orchestra] is my second family. I can’t replace my instrument with an assault rifle that can kill my own brother…”
The Saad brothers, Omar (viola), Mostafa (violin) and Ghandhi (violin), shot to international prominence at the 2013 BBC Proms, appearing with Nigel Kennedy and the Palestine Strings, and winning the hearts of audience and critics alike.
“Hauntingly beautiful” was The Independent’s verdict, while BBC Music Magazine praised their “Mesmerising Arabic style… sinuous, silky-toned melismas from violin, viola and voice… projecting like melancholy muezzin calls into the hall.”
Playing his viola solo was the easy part, said Omar, “But when Mostafa played and Ghandhi sang, my heart was beating fast.”
The warmth of their bond as siblings and musicians embraces their 18-year old cellist sister Tibah, who completes the Galilee Quartet.
These dynamic young musicians from Meghar village, near Nazareth, perform a wonderfully diverse, sparkish and soulful programme of Oriental and Western music for strings and voices with infectious charisma and flair.
Amos Trust, working with Palmusic UK, is delighted to bring the Galilee Quartet back to the UK and St James’s Piccadilly for a special concert on Sunday 4th June marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Six Day War and Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967.
“Arabic tonalities… casting a spell”
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
“15-year old Palestinian violinist Mostafa Saad was the highlight of the evening.” Daily Telegraph (Proms in the Park 2013)
“Mesmerising Arabic style… sinuous, silky-toned melismas from violin, viola and voice… projecting like melancholy muezzin calls into the hall…” BBC Music Magazine
Maya Khaldi: Photograph by David Brunetti
They will be joined at the London performance by the mellifluous voice and radiant stage presence of Palestinian jazz & Arabic singer Maya Khaldi. Maya is completing her postgraduate music studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is one of the most remarkable and accomplished young Palestinian musicians living and working in the UK.
The Galilee Quartet will play a second night at St Margaret’s Church, Oxford on Tuesday 6th June. The concert programme includes works by Beethoven, Fairuz and Mohammed Abdel Wahab, as well as their own compositions in classical and Arabic idioms.