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Audio of Beethoven’s Eighth played by the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq
Upbeat: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq
By Paul MacAlindin
Published by Sandstone Press
The story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is here told by its musical director from its inception to its eventual end. The NYOI came through the most difficult and dangerous of times to produce fine music not only in Iraq but also in Britain, Germany and France. A beacon of hope and achievement the young musicians and their tutors made bridges across their own ethnic divisions, made great music in the most trying and tragic of circumstances, and became their country’s best ambassadors in 5000 years.
Author Paul MacAlindin discovered from an early age that he loved being an artist leading artists. As a musician, dancer and all-round performer, he found his voice through conducting, a passionate journey that has led him to work with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to the Armenian Philharmonic to the Düsseldorf Symphoniker.
Upbeat: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq by Paul MacAlindin is out now published by Sandstone Press priced £19.99. You can read more about the book, the NYOI, and it’s unusual genesis in this article here.
Todd Westbrook graduated from the University of Vermont in 1987 and the University of Strathclyde in 1993. He is an experienced writer, editor and reporter with more than a million words published to date. He has lived in Scotland for many years. This …