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!

AAMF 2019 ‘Classical Evening’ – the full Programme

Here is the full Programme for the AAMF 2019 ‘Classical Evening concert to be held on Thursday, 17th January in Brighton College Al Ain’s fine auditorium. Please note that this concert starts at 6 pm. .aamf 2019 classical evening programme

The demand for seats for this concert is very strong. So, don’t delay! Make your seat reservation requests by emailing Paola Conte at:-


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!

‘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 pconte@aaess.sch.ae .


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“Oasis Living” features the AAMF 2016 line-up

ol-nov-2016-cover_page_magazineThe November edition of the “Oasis Living” magazine presents a full page feature on the AAMF 2016 on page 6. Also, there’s an interview with the AAMF supporter and performer, Paola Conte, on page 46.

We much appreciate this coverage and support from our full festival sponsor!View the latest edition of “Oasis Living” magazine on-line at:-

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!

Congratulations AAMF Workshop organisers!!

Creating with Music Workshop2Our hearty congratulations go out to the organisers of the first two AAMF Workshops, Paola Conte at the Al Ain English Speaking School; and Gabriele Malzahn, the Director, and her staff at the House of Arts!IMG_3553

It’s clear from these photos, as well as the very positive feedback these
organisers have already received, that both the “Creating with Music” and the “Meet the Artist” Workshops held last Saturday were extremely successful events!

IMG_3543We express our gratitude to flautist, Camilla Hoitenga, as well, for providing the very engaging presentation session that afternoon.

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An educational, entertaining and enjoyable day!

Camilla Hoitenga presents Workshop at the HoA on Sat. 21st Nov.

Camilla Hoitenga Workshop flyerThere will be two Al Ain Music Festival Workshops this Saturday, 21st November!

In the morning, Paola Conte holds her “Creating through Music Workshop” at the Al Ain English Speaking School.

And, in the afternoon, there is an opportunity to “Meet the Artist” – with special guest Camilla Hoitenga on her flute. This second workshop commences at 4 pm at the House of Arts, Al Ain.

Admission is free, but space is limited, so kindly call the reception at 03-7626651 or email info@house-of-arts.net to reserve your seat.