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Nesma Abdel Aziz: Workshops at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Workshops at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Workshops at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Workshops at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Bahaa El Ansary: Workshops at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Hall at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Workshops at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Open Session at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Open Session at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Open Session at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Open Session at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Open Session at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Open Session at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Ati Metwaly)
Open Session at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Merihan Bakr)
Open Session at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Merihan Bakr)
Open Session at the Snape Maltings, UK
(Photo: Merihan Bakr)
Feb
18

Concluding a week of workshops, on 17 February an Open Session between Egyptian musicians and young UK talents took place at the Snape Maltings

For one week, between 12 and 17 February, Egyptian musicians from the European Egyptian Contemporary Society worked with young talents from the UK under the umbrella of the Aldeburgh Young Musicians programme in Snape, a small village that was home to renowned British composer Benjamin Britten.

The 'Aldeburgh Young Musicians: Egypt' programme allowed the young participants to benefit from the expertise of qanun player Saber Abdel Sattar, percussionist Nesma Abdel Aziz, violinist Hossam Shehata, nai player Hany El-Badry, composers Rosilla Adel and Bahaa Ansary as well as two British musicians.

Organised in cooperation with the British Council, the workshops helped the young musicians to widen their musical horizons by exploring new musical formats and rhythms, inviting them into a creative improvisation. The Egyptian tutors infused their exercises with components from Arabic classical music.

As a conclusion to the workshop, 17 February, an Open Session attended by the audience was held in Snape’s small hall, previously Britten’s studio and one of several buildings that once belonged to the composer.

The concert included several compositions, from those composed by tutors or the group during the workshops, to arrangements of known Arabic compositions, such as El-Halwa De by Sayed Darwish or Longa Ajam by Abdo Dahger (directed by Hossam Shehata).

Text and photos: Ati Metwaly - Snape, UK

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