In a true celebration of the musical life of Palestine, and a rare opportunity for the many musicians living in the Palestinian Territories to take part in a large-scale orchestral and choral performance, four gala concerts brought the Choir of London’s orchestra together with some 25 orchestral musicians living in Palestine - advanced Palestinian music students, their teachers, and amateur musicians - and two Palestinian choirs.

Over the course of the performances in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah, the Choir of London Gala Orchestra (conducted by James Burton) performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Palestinian pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar, and were joined by the Choir of London, Jerusalem Chorus (from Ramallah) and Olive Branches Choir (from Bethlehem) to perform Brahms’ magnificent German Requiem. In one of the two Jerusalem concerts, soloists of the Choir of London were showcased in an additional set of Baroque music by Buxtehude and Bach, accompanied by a small group of Choir of London instrumentalists.

Click here to see a gallery of images from the festival.

Gala Concerts


Side-by-side scheme



Palestine Opera Festival 2009

16 June, 7pm

18 June, 7pm

19 June, 7pm

20 June, 8pm

Dar Annadwe, Bethlehem

St George’s Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem

Ramallah Cultural Palace

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem

Lunchtime Choral Concert

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