The Al-Nour Wal Amal Chamber Orchestra for blind and visually impaired woman musicians gave a concert at the Amir Taz Palace in Cairo on Saturday night.
Conducted by Mohamed Adel, the orchestra played a repertoire that included their standard classical selections such as extracts from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Johan Helmich Roman's Music for a Royal Wedding, alongside traditional Arabic oriental standards, including Riad Al-Sunbati's Lunga, Abu Bakr Khairat's Eih El-Ebarah and Sayed Darwish's Zoroni Kol Sana Marra.
Formed in the late 1960s,the orchestra has performed on six continents in over 30 international tours.
It has been described as a “human miracle”, “the fourth pyramid of Egypt” and “an orchestra with no peer in the world” by international critics.
The orchestra is part of the Al-Nour Wal Amal association, an NGO for blind girls founded in 1954 by a group of volunteers led by the late Istiklal Radi, with the aim of educating visually impaired girls and helping them integrate into society.
In 1961, seven years after the establishment of the association, Al-Nour Wal Amal Music Institute was founded by the late Samha El-Kholy, former dean of the Cairo Conservatory.
The association also has a junior orchestra, which, over the past decade, has begun performing across a variety of stages in Egypt.
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