Abu Dhabi Education Council organized the first concert of Abu Dhabi School Orchestra, which marks the announcement of the establishment of the first ever Orchestra in UAE. The Orchestra represents the partnership between Abu Dhabi and Ireland over the past nine months during which students received training by the conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (NYOI)
The event was attended by H.E. Dr. Amal Al-Qubaisi, ADEC’s Director General, H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority- Abu Dhabi, H.E. Patrick Hennessy, the Irish Ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Mohammad Salem Al-Dhaheri, ADEC’s Executive Director of School Operations and senior officials, stakeholders, and parents.
Dr. Al-Qubaisi said that ADEC is keen on providing the youth with all the opportunities to develop their academic, scientific, artistic and sports talents. “Emanating from this vision, and because fine arts and music are mirrors of people’s cultures, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Abu Dhabi School Orchestra”, she added. She referred to ADEC’s initiative aiming to introduce music as an integral part of the curriculum because it is believed that it would foster a conducive to learning environment and help students develop analytical skills. ADEC’s DG emphasized that the Abu Dhabi Orchestra is intended to provide young Emirati talents with an opportunity to hone their skills and prepare them to play an important role in preserving our heritage and developing it into the future.
“The Orchestra will provide our youth with the opportunity to interact with their peers at the international level and be our ambassadors to the world to showcase the beauty of our culture and heritage” Al-Qubaisi added.
Dr. Al- Qubaisi praised NYOI and said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (NYOI) for their initiative & participation and to mention that this cooperation is a testimony of the positive interaction among cultures and people”.
This event gave the audience a most amazing opportunity to explore Arabic and Irish instruments, different sounds, rhythms and music genres.
The establishment of the Abu Dhabi School Orchestra will offer significant educational and social benefits to Abu Dhabi students, the community and the Emirate as a whole. Not only does music move people emotionally, it also activates their intellect, builds character and develops concentration and teamwork. It establishes self-esteem and promotes perseverance and self-discipline.
A Board of Directors for the Abu Dhabi Orchestra will be appointed. They will, in the first instance, raise awareness, throughout the Emirate, among students, parents and the community of the educational and social benefits of music and the importance of music education for children’s personal development.
A musical conductor will be appointed to drive the initiative; auditions will be held and training workshops will be organized. The aim is to have the orchestra ready to perform, to the highest possible standards.