Dana Obied joins ‘Arabian Nights’for the AAMF ‘Classical Evening’ on Thurs. 17th Jan.

img-20190115-wa0004We are very pleased to announce that Dana Obied will be singing with the ‘Arabian Nights‘ group this Thursday evening, 17th January, at Brighton College Al Ain. Their performance is one part of a packed Programme for the AAMF ‘Classical Evening.

Dana is from Sweida in Syria. She has felt a passion for music since she was little and participated in many festivals around the Syrian provinces as a member of the Syrian Youth Group representing the Higher Institute of Music.

Dana Obied sang with the Sharqi Ensemble at the AAMF 2015 ‘East Meets West‘ concert at the Rotana Hotel Al Ain.

 Only a few seats still remain available for this Thursday’s free concert. This concert starts at 6 pm.. To reserve your seats – email Paola Conte at:- pconte@brightoncollegealain.ae  .

Don’t delay!

Few seats remaining for the AAMF ‘Classical Evening’on 17th Jan.

A few seats remain available for the AAMF 2019 ‘Classical Evening concert this Thursday, 17th January. There is no charge for admission. Seats can be reserved by emailing Paola Conte at:- pconte@brightoncollegealain.ae .

The venue for the concert is the fine auditorium within Brighton College Al Ain. img_0284The new Brighton College Al Ain Community Orchestra will be amongst the performers this Thursday evening. The concert starts at 6 pm..

More details of this concert, including the Google location map for Brighton College Al Ain, are available on the concert’s Facebook Event page… https://www.facebook.com/events/923970977798978/

Don’t miss it!

Introducing Brighton College Al Ain Community Orchestra

The Brighton College Al Ain Community Orchestra was created in September 2018, as an initiative to provide a cultural space for musicians to perform together in Al Ain.
img_0284It has been a joint effort, with musicians from the well established Al Ain Chamber Orchestra, musicians from Brighton College and other soloists in the garden city, consolidating the ensemble and premiering at the College’s Winter Concert on December 12th, 2018.

The BCAA Community Orchestra will be performing at the AAMF 2019 ‘Classical Evening Concert on January 17th, 2019.   The venue is the fine auditorium of Brighton College Al Ain, and the concert starts at 6 pm..

Don’t miss it!

‘Arabian Nights’ band confirmed for Thursday, 17th January

We are very pleased to announce that the Arabian Nights band have confirmed they will be performing at the AAMF 2019 Classical Evening on Thursday 17th January at the Brighton College Al Ain.

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Diyaa Safadi

The band was founded in 2010, and since then it has been performing Arabic music on stages throughout the UAE. Its members have participated in the AAMF every year, usually on the same programme as the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra.

Diyaa Safadi is the founder and leader of the band. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria. He plays the oud and he works as a music teacher in Al Ain.

7f0b02a1-4cac-4ab3-a63d-c566f3dbae7bNaser Akowan graduated from the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, as well. He plays violin, and also works as a private music teacher in Al Ain.

Essa LwisaEssa Lwisa forms the third side of this band’s triangle. He plays percussion. Essa holds a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering, and he works as a laboratory instructor at the UAE University.

AAMF Classical Evening update

The AAMF 2019 Classical Evening is scheduled for 17th January. The venue is the Auditorium at the Brighton College Al Ain. This concert will start at 6 pm.

The performers include Natalia Nechepurenko, Ilya Netkach, Mark Glover, Derek Jung, Louise Ryan and Jennifer Eastwood.

Natalia NechepurenkoNatalia Nechepurenko is a highly skilled classical pianist. She graduated at the Donetsk State Music College and afterwards, the Music Academy, when gained her Master’s degree. Natalia has won several Ukrainian and international competitions. She has worked as a piano teacher in Ukraine and Indonesia.

Ilya Netkach1Ilya Netkach is a professional violinist and music teacher from Ukraine. As well as performing classical music, he has participated in jazz jams in different countries, too. He won the award of “Master Jam Fest” in an international jazz contest. And, in 2016 his band won first place in the “Battle of the Bands” in Bahrain.

His original music is available on iTunes and Spotify. His recent release, “I Am” has received positive reviews from “Smooth and Soul” and “All About Jazz” music reviewers . Ilya teaches at the House of Arts in Al Ain.

Mark Glover with euphoniumMark Glover is a performing artist for Sterling Musical Instruments, U.K.. Mark has worked in Singapore, where he was Principal Study Lecturer of Euphonium at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

He has performed in Brazil, the USA and many other countries in Europe and in Asia. Many listeners in these audiences had not heard the euphonium played as a solo instrument before.

Mark also spent 5 years performing in a heavy rock band as a guitarist, and he is an accomplished drummer, too. In April 2018 Mark released his debut solo album, “Hustle“.

Derek JungDerek Jung is a Music Educator now residing in the city of Abu Dhabi, after departing Al Ain last year.  After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Music Education, he began his career teaching in the USA.

This is Derek’s fourth time participating in the Al Ain Music Festival.  In the past he has played solo pieces and played with/directed the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra.  He now sings and plays alongside the Abu Dhabi Choral Group.

Louise RyanLouise Ryan is from Cornwall in England. She has lived in the UAE for 5 years now. On graduating from a choral scholarship she went on to be accepted onto an opera performance programme.

A successful Concert and Operatic Soprano in her home country, she is enjoying performing to even more international audiences here in the UAE. She has performed on numerous occasions with the National Symphony Orchestra and Al Khubairat Singers. Louise has also been featured on Abu Dhabi Classic FM as the ‘Abu Dhabi Diva‘, informing listeners on the world of opera singing and vocal training.

Jennifer EastwoodJennifer Eastwood will be a familiar name to those who attended the AAMF 2017 “Garden City Classics” concert. For this upcoming AAMF concert she is preparing to sing “Voi Che Sapete” by Mozart.

Jennifer is a native to Vancouver, WA, USA. She attended Fresno Pacific University, graduating with a B.A. in Vocal Performance in 2007. Towards the end
of university, she attended a modeling and acting school, thus opening the door for the
entertainment business.

Since 2007, she has performed a variety of styles of music, including classical, folk, jazz, musicals, and ethereal, and in such projects as leads in musicals, operettas, short films, web-series, and stage performances. Several performances were done in the USA, until she decided to teach English abroad in 2013, where she has performed in
South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. Jennifer was classically trained for about 10 years, and hopes you have been truly blessed by her gift of voice.

Keep a look out for further details to follow about these and the other performers on the programme of this special concert!

AAMF 2019 Update!

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The venue has now been confirmed for the AAMF 2019 ‘Classical Music Evening‘ on Thursday, 17th January. It will be held in the fine auditorium of Brighton College Al Ain. Details of this College are available at:- http://www.brightoncollegealain.ae/Head-Masters-Welcome

The Brighton College Al Ain Community Orchestra, led by Paola Conte, will be joined by the Arabic Nights’ Music group and Al Ain Choral Society.Midian Al Meida

Brazilian singer and guitarist, Midian Al Meida, (photo), will be performing for us on Thursday, 31st January. The AAMF 2019Acoustic Evening‘ will be hosted by La Dolce Vita venue, Al Ain.

Midian will be joined on the bill by Christian Jaber.Christian JaberDr Christian (photo) is a dentist by profession and a singer/musician by heart. He has been a resident of Al Ain for over 30 years now, and is a familiar face to many locally-based music lovers.

His music style is a mixture of mainly 60s, 70s, 80s, folk, rock, and jazz. Christian plays guitar, keyboards, harmonica.

Look out for more AAMF 2019 updates and event flyers in the weeks ahead!

The AAMF 2016 has begun!

The Al Ain Music Festival 2016 got off to a great start last night at Brighton College!

Our thanks go out to all of the performers of “A Classical Serenade“.

This afternoon there is the AAMF’s ‘Mix, Mingle and Create‘ workshop.
And, this evening, the ‘Poetry Slam/Open Mic Night‘, featuring Jaya Chela Drolma starts at 8 pm at the Sands Club, Al Ain. AAMF 2016 is underway!

Here is a photo, provided by Paola Conte, of Al Ain Choral Society performing during last night’s concert…

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AAMF 2016 opens with ‘A Classical Serenade’ this Thursday, 3rd Nov.!

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The Al Ain Music Festival 2016 kicks off this Thursday evening with “A Classical Serenade” in the Auditorium of Brighton College, Al Ain.

al-ain-choral-society-2016The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra and Al Ain Choral Society will be joined by a number of special guest performers.

Two more of those highly talented musicians are Rebecca Haworth and Gudmunder Jonsson.

 rebecca-haworthRebecca Haworth is currently the Deputy Head and Teacher of Music at Brighton College Al Ain. She has been living in the Oasis City since the College opened in 2013. She has greatly enjoyed seeing the Performing Arts department grow and flourish over this time. Rebecca started learning the flute at the age of 10 after hearing a performance of Poulenc’s Flute Sonata, a piece that still holds a great level of mystique and intrigue for her. She went on to read music at degree level at the University of Nottingham and continued her studies to Masters level at the University of Cambridge.

Rebecca has performed at a variety of different venues across the UK, including The Royal Albert Hall, Kings College Cambridge, York Minster and as part of the choir that performed Mahler’s 8th Symphony at Ely Cathedral. She is also a keen composer and has had compositions performed by the Allegri String Quartet and members of the London Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta.

gudmunder-jonssonGudmundur Jonsson first studied music at the Reykjavik College of Music under the guidance of Gardar Cortes. He then went on to study vocal performance at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 2002-2004 under Mark Wildman and Mary Hill. He has performed as a soloist in the UK, Iceland, Serbia, Italy and China. Recent performances include the role of Cuno in Der Freischutz by Carl Maria Von Weber, various lieder by Brahms and Schubert, for example, and oratorio recitals by Bach, Purcell and Handel. Gudmundur currently works at Brighton College Al Ain where he is the Head of Senior School.

A Classical Serenade” starts at 7 pm. on Thursday, 3rd November.
Admission is free. Don’t miss it!