Al Ain English Speaking School’s cast interviewed by “The National”

Bugsy Malone AAESS cast

“The National” Arts & Life ( 6/3/2017)

Cast members of the Al Ain English Speaking School‘s production of “Bugsy Malone” were interviewed for an article in “The National” prior to their performances at the school next Monday and Tuesday evenings, 13th and 14th March.

The article by Roberta Pennington featuring these interviews is available at:-

Tickets for the two performances, which start at 5:30 pm, are free thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Bank of Sharjah, -but please note that seats must be reserved, by sending an email to .

‘Bugsy Malone’musical comedy at the AAESS on 13th and 14th March

This year’s school production at the Al Ain English Speaking School (AAESS) is ‘Bugsy Malone‘, a musical comedy set in American Gangland, with memorable characters and live music.

It will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, 13th and Tuesday, 14th March.

Tickets are free thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Bank of Sharjah, -but please note that seats must be reserved, by sending an email to .


Don’t miss it!

‘Playing by Heart’ concert on Thurs. 26th Jan. at the Sands Club

joan-mceldowney-at-aamf-2014Mark your calendars for what promises to be a very entertaining evening of music…

On Thursday, 26th January Joan McEldowney, Atlanta Cecilia, and Desert Groove will be joining forces at the Sands Golf Club, Al Ain, to share some of their favorite songs with us, and we can’t wait!atlanta-firth-in-studio

The concert is called “Playing by Heart”. The music starts at 8:30 pm., and there will be no cover charge.desert-groove-band
Don’t miss this chance to hear and to support your local musicians!

Jordi Savall returns with Hesperion XXI on Sun., 15 Jan.

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 Grammy award-winning artist, Jordi Savall, returns with Hesperion XXI to Al Ain’s oasis and the Bin Hamooda Fort on Sunday, 15th January.

..Again with the help of the ancient music ensemble Hespèrion XXI, this time augmented by artists from India and China, as well as with prominent Emirati artists, Grammy Award-winner Savall, one of the most exceptional figures in today’s music world and a major concert performer, will undertake the incredible task to recreate the music of Ibn Battuta’s spectacular travels. As one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music, Savall, who plays viol and rebab, will guide us on a journey through time and space, performing the music Ibn Battuta heard during his visits to royal courts, palaces, public places or small villages. A long forgotten world and its enchanting atmosphere will come back to life through the magic of music which will be complemented by readings from Ibn Battuta’s exotic travel journal, allowing music and words to mix and recreate his marvellous adventure.
Born in Tangiers in the Hijri year 703 (1304 AD), Ibn Battuta was an explorer, voyager and writer, visiting the Middle East, the Maghreb and Mashreq regions as well as parts of Africa, Europe and the Far East. These extraordinary journeys were documented in his travel record, making him one of the first globetrotters (Jawwala) of history and one of the early masters of travel literature (Rihla). The Arab world remembers him as the “traveller of the Arabs” (Mussàfir al-Arab) and the “traveller of time” (Rahala al asr). For Western scholars, who began studying and translating his work from the 19th Century on, he was the “Voyager of Islam” or the “Arabic Marco Polo”.
For his second concert in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Savall will present Ibn Battuta: The voyager of Islam II in the magical setting of the Oasis of Al Ain.

Nominate your favourites for magpie’s “50 to follow” in 2017 list!


Would you like to nominate your favourite artist, musician, music teacher, dancer, or photographer based in Al Ain for an accolade?

Would you like some of Al Ain’s star performers to receive greater recognition and further acknowledgement for all of their creative efforts, output and/or performances during 2016?

Well, here is your opportunity to help make that happen!

magpie“, the U.A.E.’s leading Arts magazine, is now seeking out -for Magpie-logo-2.pngthe benefit of lovers of the arts- the “50 to follow” in 2017.
So, if you would like to nominate up to 5 people, go to the website below and then email your nominations to

Don’t delay! The ‘50 to follow‘ list will be published in “magpie” in January.

Lots of photos of the AAMF 2016 ‘Young Hands & Voices’ concert!

dsc_0984sLots of photos and a few videos of the AAMF 2016 ‘Young Hands & Voices concert are now available!

To view these photos and videos click on these two links:-  and


Stephan Moccio’s solo recital in Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, on Mon. 12th Dec.

Stephan Moccio will be performing inside Al Ain’s Al Jahili Fort on 12th December. This concert is part of the ongoing Abu Dhabi Classics 2016-17 series.moccio-solo-piano

The section below was extracted from “The National“‘s ‘Arts & Life‘article, dated 26th. Sept. 2016 –

When Classic meets Pop:- He wrote the Miley Cyrus’s hit ‘Wrecking Ball, but few people would be able to pick out Stephan Moccio in a line-up.

Making a novel outreach into crossover territory, Abu Dhabi Classics this season presents a programme titled “When Classic Meets Pop”, fittingly presented by a man who has achieved considerable success in both fields.

Canadian composer Moccio is best known as a Grammy-nominated writer-for-hire, who has written or co-written a number of international smashes, including The Weekend’s ‘Earned It‘ and Celine Dion’s comeback hit ‘A New Day Has Come.

But he is also the noted recording artist behind a series of instrumental albums, often of solo piano music.

In a bid to break down snobbish barriers, this special programme will feature Moccio presenting his work in a storytelling framework. Following an instrumental opening half, he will be joined after the interval by guest singers who will bring to life many of the popular hits he wrote. “There are many times when I find myself caught between opposing forces in my music,” says Moccio. “Is it classical or pop? Am I a performer or a composer? Do I collaborate or work alone?

“As a creator, these are questions that I face every day – and finding answers is somewhat of a balancing act, because they are usually somewhere in-between.”

To Say Goodbye to You

Further details about this piano recital, including ticket availability, can be found at:-