It is lunchtime on a sunny day in the Scottish city of Glasgow, and the general director of The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music is making a thoughtful observation about the aims of its Palestine Youth Orchestra.
A decade ago, it would have been inconceivable that a 10-year-old girl like Cinthia Servin would be playing a violin, let alone playing with an orchestra before sold-out crowds in Vancouver.
Initiative hopes to encourage young players to take up reed instrument and pave way for promoting other ‘endangered species’
The Shanghai Orchestra Academy lets young musicians find out what it’s like to be part of an ensemble, through exchange programmes with some of the world’s leading institutions
From the department of intriguing ideas comes Symphony S.O.N.G. (Symphony Orchestra for the Next Generation), essentially a mobile orchestra housed in a five-and-a-half-ton semi truck that travels to various locales in South Korea to spread the gospel of classical music.