Music from the great traditions of the Middle East

9th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Founded by Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt in 2003, with the mission to perform concerts for peace, the Middle East Peace Orchestra (MEPO) visits the UK to give a short tour during the Autumn of 2010.

The ensemble is a unique collaboration between various ethnic groups of professional musicians. The performers come from Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Scandinavia and are all handpicked virtuosos representing the best of their traditions.
MEPO was founded by oboist Henrik Goldschmidt and gave its first public performances in 2004 with seven concerts in Scandinavia. The repertoire is based mainly on Middle Eastern folk music - both Jewish and Arab. One of the unique aspects of the orchestra is that the musicians play each other's music, which has been an enlightening and gratifying experience for them. In addition, the orchestra also performs new compositions.

Fruitless peace talks and cease fire agreements have inspired MEPO to let music speak, in an effort to improve relations between various religious and political fractions, to make the world a better place.

The orchestra gives numerous concerts every year in Denmark and abroad, as well as theater performances and projects involving youngsters of different social and ethnic backgrounds.

The music performed will include an array of cultures with songs in Arabic, Hebrew and Chazanut, many of them compositions by members of the band. The programme is dramatic, passionate and poetic.

Middle East Peace Orchestra - UK Tour
Town Hall, Birmingham, Tuesday 16 November
Cadogan Hall, London, Sunday 21 November
St. George's Bristol, Monday 22 November
The Stables, Milton Keynes, Tuesday 23 November

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Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

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