Jerusalem Foundation Takes Hassadna Youth Chamber Orchestra for London Concert Tour

A visit from 29 young Israeli musicians, aged 13-18, is a triumph of Jewish/Arab coexistence as well as a musical success story.  These young Jerusalemites, accompanied by 4 of their teachers including Director Lena Nemirovsky, founder and Chair of Hassadna, the Jerusalem Conservatory, arrived in London on November 6, 2011 for a 4-day concert tour.

The main public concert for an audience of hundreds takes place at the Arts Depot, Finchley on November 8th. There will also be a concert at the JFS School in conjunction with the Shabbaton Choir, a performance at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, and a private fundraiser for an audience of 50 at the home of internationally renowned pianist Murray Perahia.  

At the concerts a short film will be screened, the UK Premiere of “Beautiful Music”, an award winning and moving film about the relationship between Rasha a blind, severely autistic Palestinian girl from Jenin who is a student at Hassadna, with her teacher Devorah Schramm, an orthodox Jewish pianist and composer at the school.

Hassadna Conservatory works with 600 part-time students.  A part of Hassadna programming focuses on special needs and disadvantaged children, incorporating Jewish, Arab, Ethiopians and others. The Jerusalem Foundation supports and promotes this programme.

On Monday 7th November the BBC Radio 3 Programme “In Tune” featured  a short piece on the London Tour including an interview with Director Lena Nemirovsky and a live recital by Hassadna’s Piano Trio from BBC Broadcasting House in central London. They played the andante from the Mendelssohn Trio Opus in D minor, followed by the Mendelssohn scherzo. The programme is streamed live on the Radio 3 website and is available to play for seven days after the broadcast.