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


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!

Soloists to play “A Classical Serenade”on Thurs., 3rd Nov.

Several leading local musicians will be performing solos during the AAMF 2016 “A Classical Serenade programme. Let’s find out about some of their musical backgrounds.

c Paolo RossettiGulmira Abdukhalikova will be a special guest performer on 3rd November.
Many local lovers of classical music will have enjoyed the exceptionally fine concerts organised by Gulmira in the major venues in Al Ain. They will also have enjoyed her own solo performances on piano, too. Gulmira has performed to acclaim at several of the previous AAMF editions’ concerts. She has been a stalwart member of the classical music scene in Al Ain for many years now.

Gulmira Abdukhalikova was born into a family of musicians and she studied piano from an early age. Gulmira moved to Moscow and gained her Bachelor and Master’s degree as Piano Performer, Concertmaster and Lecturer from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. During that time she studied under the guidance of some of the best Russian pianists, including Stanislav Neuhaus and Yevgeny Malinin. Her training followed the traditions of the famous Heinrich Neuhaus School.
gulmira-abdukhalikovaAfter starting her career as a concert pianist in Russia, she quickly gained soloist status, being invited to play in many European and Asian countries. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary composers. She was won prizes at several international piano competitions.

As well as being a concert pianist, Gulmira has always had a passion for teaching. In Almaty, she taught at the Special Music School for gifted children and at the National Conservatory. Many of her students have gone on to win prizes in international piano competitions. Furthermore, she has conducted numerous master-classes in Russia, Italy, France and South Korea.

In addition, Gulmira has served as a jury member for the 9th-11th Emirates International Peace Music Festival Competitions in Dubai; as a jury member for the Second International Festival-CompetitionArt Holidays” in Sharjah; and she was the Head of the Jury for the Open Competition for the young musicians’ “Allegro” in Sharjah American University.
Most recently, Gulmira has been the Coordinator of the First UAE Art Biennale 2016; and, since 2014, a Consultant for the Educational Outreach Program of the major “Abu Dhabi Classics’ series” operation.

khaled-badrieh-bwAnother special guest performer is Oud soloist, Khaled Nawaf Badrieh. He will be performing three pieces during this concert:
– Bint al shalabya “Folk music”
– I love you “Turkish music”
– Longa Yurgo

Khaled is originally from Syria. He has lived in the U.A.E. since 2013.

He started playing the oud in 2004 and he has won many awards including: “The Best Oud player in Syria” in 2008.

As well as playing alongside of orchestras, Khaled has recently performed solo in several of Abu Dhabi’s leading hotels, such as the Emirates Palace, the St. Regis, and the Ritz Carlton.



Paola Conte is the soloist on flute on Thursday, 3rd. November. Paola graduated from the faculty of Music of the UPN in Bogota, Colombia in 2004. And, she has recently completed her MA studies at Warwick University, U.K..

As a musician and educator, she strongly believes that classical music should be enjoyed by all children in our community.She would like local families to be more exposed to the world of classical music in a listener friendly setting. In her opinion, the classical pieces should be easy to understand, and grab the interest of the youth.

A gifted musician and performer, Paola Conte has taught flute and piano for more than ten years in Al Ain. She is now Head of Music at Al Ain English Speaking School. At the AAESS she directs the choir and instrumental ensembles, and she prepares the students for their IGCSE and A Level Cambridge music examinations.

clare-hurrellNext, we introduce the violinist, Clare Hurrell. Clare moved here from the UK 4 years ago. She had studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music on violin, before she decided to take a job out here in the Garden City. This is where she has made her home!

She is currently teaching music at Brighton College Al Ain. Clare is a regular player with the National Symphony Orchestra and Dubai Chamber Orchestra. And, as an orchestra member, she has performed with the Jackson 5 and Andrea Boccelli.

Before leaving the UK Clare performed in the Albert Hall during the 2012 Proms Season with the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

We look forward to hearing all of their performances at the AAMF 2016 “A Classical Serenade concert at Brighton College, Al Ain. Please note that this concert starts at 7 pm. on Thursday, 3rd November.

Admission is free. Don’t miss it!

AAMF’s ‘Classical Serenade’ – Thursday, 3rd. November at Brighton College, Al Ain

The Al Ain Choral Society and Al Ain Chamber Orchestra have been joined on the ‘Classical Serenade‘ programme by pianist, Gulmira Abdukhalikova, and oud player, Khaled Nawaf Badrieh.

This concert starts at 7 pm. on Thursday, 3rd November. The venue is the impressive auditorium of the Brighton College, Al Ain.



Admission is free. Don’t miss it!

The Young Musicians’ Evening This Friday!

The Young Musicians' Evening This Friday!

This Friday evening, 22nd Nov. – at 6 pm. – the Head Master of Brighton College Al Ain,
Mr Alun Yorath, will welcome the audience at the opening of ‘The Young Musicians’ Evening’ concert.

The M.C. for this evening’s packed programme is Senior Teacher &
Head of Expressive and Performing Arts, Ms. Maura Gibbons.

Here are some directions to this new venue…

From Twam Roundabout– Head south on Twam Street straight across several roundabouts. After approximately 8km you will arrive at the final roundabout with the new Zakher Police Station on your left. Turn right at this roundabout and travel for approximately 4km on the truck road. At the Neama roundabout turn right, the College campus will be ahead of you on the left hand side. Until the new slip road is constructed you will need to travel up to the next roundabout and then complete a U-turn and return down the same road to gain access to the College.

From the Zoo roundabout– Head towards the Zakher roundabout past the Men’s campus of HCT. At Zakher roundabout take the third exit onto 136th street heading south. At the next roundabout (intersection of 122 st) turn right onto the E30. 500m ahead you will reach the Zakher Police Station roundabout at the end of Twam street. Head straight across this roundabout and travel for approximately 4km on the truck road. At the Neama roundabout turn right, the College campus will be ahead of you on the left hand side. Until the new slip road is constructed you will need to travel up to the next roundabout and then complete a U-turn and return down the same road to gain access to the College.

The Programme for the Young Musicians’ Evening – 6 pm Friday, 22nd November

This Friday evening, 22nd Nov. – from 6 pm – the talented Young Musicians
will be performing for us at the Brighton College Al Ain.

Click on these images of the Schedules to enlarge them!



They will be supported by the youthful House of Arts music teachers
and the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra.

Dan Turcanu, Director of the Orchestra

Some of Al Ain’s most talented young musicians will be taking to the stage
at the Brighton College Al Ain next Friday, 22nd November
– at the earliest starting time of the festival – 6 p.m.. 

These musicians will be supported by the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra which was formed
at the House of Artswww.house-of-arts.net ) earlier this year.


The Director of this orchestra is Dan Turcanu, a music instructor at the House of Arts.
Dan, originally from Bucharest, is a member of several Romanian and international orchestras, such as the Neue Internationale Philarmonie, Sibiu Youth Orchestra, and the Chișinău Youth Orchestra.

In 2010-2011 he was the conductor of a Music Department within the National Historical Park in Sitka, Alaska, where he trained young Native Americans and other young musicians.

He is also an enthusiastic chamber music player, being a member of various ensembles.
And, as a composer, he has already won numerous prizes at composition competitions.

Brighton College Al Ain to host Young Musicians Evening on 22 Nov

We are very pleased to announce that the venue for the
Young Musicians Evening on Friday, 22nd November
will be the Brighton College Al Ain‘s
splendid new concert hall.

This concert will showcase the talents of outstanding young performers,
ably supported by the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra.

For background information on this impressive new College,
go to…http://www.brightoncollegealain.ae/