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PHOTO GALLERY: Egypt's Al-Nour Wal Amal blind women's orchestra in Hong Kong and China


Chit-chatting in the bus, Zhuhai, China
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Musicians Souma and Rasha before the concert, Hong Kong
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Minutes before the concerts in Hong Kong
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Enjoying photo sessions in Hong Kong's harbour
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Amal Fikry, Al Nour Wal Amal vice president and head of the orchestra, Hong Kong harbour
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Standing ovation for the orchestra in Hong Kong
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Violinist Shaimaa Yehia ready for the concert, Hong Kong
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Maestro Mohamed Saad Basha and Al Nour Wal Amal Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong
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Al Nour Wal Amal Chamber Orchestra's concert in Hong Kong
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Sightseeing in Zhuhai, China
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Sightseeing in Zhuhai, China
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Final preparations for the concert in Zhuhai, China
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Final tuning of the instruments before the concert in Zhuhai, China
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Final preparations for the concert in Zhuhai, China
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Shahinaz practices before the concert in Zhuhai, China
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Concert in Zhuhai, China
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Waiting for the lunch, Zhuhai, China
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Violinist Basma accompanies the girls singing in the bus, Zhuhai, China
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Chit-chatting in the small hall of the Guangzhou Opera House, China
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Maestro Mohamed Saad Basha during the concert in Guangzhou, China
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Guangzhou Opera House, main hall, China
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Randa enjoys her time in the Guangzhou Opera House's lobby, China
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A visit to the Guangzhou Opera's main hall, China
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Guangzhou Opera House, main hall, China
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Guangzhou Opera House, small hall, China
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Guangzhou Opera House (left), view from the outside, China
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Conducted by Mohamed Saad Basha, the orchestra performed in Hong Kong and China's Zuhai and Guanghzou

On their 31st international tour, Al-Nour Wal Amal, the Egyptian blind women's chamber orchestra, gave three concerts in Hong Kong (3 August) followed by Zhuhai (5 August) and Guanghzou (7 August).

This was the orchestra's first visit to Hong Kong and China but not their first tour in Asia, as in previous years the ensemble has also visited Japan, Thailand and India.

In Hong Kong, the orchestra, conducted by Mohamed Saad Basha, performed at the Hong Kong Community Hall.

In China, the musicians were welcomed in remarkable concert halls. Zhuhai Mozart Concert Hall situated at the Zhuhai Huafa and CPAA Grand Theatre, captured the audience's breath with its golden walls and balconies in post-modern style.

The auditorium has over 800 seats and a tailor-made German organ.

The audience did not want the musicians to leave after the concert and asked for encores three times.

In Guanghzou, the Al-Nour Wal Amal Orchestra performed in the small hall of the famed Guanghzou Opera House, a remarkable edifice designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. Embraced by the modern skyscrapers, the opera is the pride of the city, its design in harmony with the banks of Pearl River which runs through the city.

And just like in previous concerts in Hong Kong and Zhuhai, Al-Nour Wal Amal also captured the hearts of audience gathered in the Guanghzou opera's small hall.

The orchestra was warmly welcomed by the opera which also offered city tours for the musicians. The artists enjoyed the music as well as site-seeing, socialising and exploring the new cities and traditions.

Text and photos: Ati Metwaly

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