A group of refugee performers is enchanting German audiences with traditional Arabic music, creating a cultural exchange and dialogue between newcomers and locals.
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.
From requests for disused shops, paperbacks, toys, to an ocean bed, composers have kept BCMG on their toes. Outgoing artistic director Stephen Newbould reflects on the challenges and excitement at the cutting edge of contemporary music