A treat for music lovers

A Children’s Day was held recently at Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation as a prelude to the 5th Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival

HELD UNDER the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the 5th Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival will place from March 22 - April 2 at the Emirates Palace Hotel. As a prelude to the festival, a Children’s Day took place on March 15 in the auditorium of the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation where parents, teachers, friends and music lovers were all invited to join.

Starting at 11am, the day commenced with musical performances by children from Abu Dhabi schools and institutes. The Elite Music Institute, Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi Indian School, Beethoven Institute of Music and Centre Edu Care were a few who took part. Students of private piano teachers Marielle Rivet and Katarina Peers also took part.

Following these performances, at 8pm, there was a concert where jazz pianist Julian Joseph and cellist virtuoso Matthew Barley shared the stage with some of these selected local musicians. These two musicians are true superstars in their respective music genres. Julian Joseph has established himself as a jazz pioneer in the classical world and is greatly respected by musicians of both musical types.

He also plays an important role in jazz education and was central to the launch of a jazz syllabus for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Matthew Barley’s solo and chamber music engagements have taken him to nearly 50 countries, performing repertoire ranging from Bach to his own compositions, music written for him and improvisation. Matthew’s pioneering approach to education, community music and training orchestral players is now internationally renowned.

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