Last easter I was invited by friends in the Bristol based band 'Chai for all' to join them on a tour around Palestine. Aside from the planned performances, we were also sharing musical ideas, collaborating and exchanging with local musicians in Bethlehem where we were staying. It was here that I met Moussa - a young clarinettist with far more enthusiasm for study than I ever had at his age. Since our first meeting in April 2018, I have been back to Palestine twice and each time I am touched by Moussa's desire to learn more about the instrument that we both love. With that said, however, it is impossible not to be affected by the stories told by him and other fellow musicians and artists about daily life there. Pursuing my love of the clarinet is a continuous challenge but would I be able to continue with the same conviction and dedication for my art under the claustrophobic grip of occupation? How is it possible to have dreams of the future when plans for today might be upturned in the blink of an eye.
Moussa also works as a clarinet teacher for Sounds of Palestine – a community music project serving children from the Refugee Camps around Bethlehem. The project is based on the El Sistema concept in Venezuela. I have also been fortunutate enough to observe Moussa teaching. On my last visit to the school, he told me that he really needs to continue being inspired in his own playing so that he can inspire his own students; Insight I believe to be what already makes him a great teacher. https://www.soundsofpalestine.org
The British Isles Music Festival has kindly offered Moussa a £700 scholarship. The course focuses on rehearsing and performing chamber music - something which he has never done before. He will also have the chance to take part in masterclasses with Mark Van de Wiel (principal clarinet of the Welsh National Opera and London Chamber Orchestra). https://www.bimf.org.uk
I need to raise £1500 which will include his flight to and from Jordan, his accommodation costs and food and travel in London. Any left over money will be donated to Sounds of Palestine.
Thankyou so much for your help.