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Galilee Quartet report

On Monday 6th October Sutton was one of only seven venues in the UK to have a visit from the Galilee Quartet, a classical string quartet of three brothers and a sister, Omar, Mostafa, Ghandi and Tibah Sa’ad, from the Druze community in Israel. On their previous visit in 2013 some of them played with Nigel Kennedy in the Albert Hall as part of that year’s Prom season.

They played an exciting and enthralling selection of Western music ranging from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles and Palestinian songs in Arabic accompanied by a lute and tambourine. It was much enjoyed by the audience at Sutton Grammar School who provided the venue. At the end of the concert the quartet were acclaimed with a long ovation after two encores.

After the concert the viola player and the oldest of the quartet, Omar Sa’ad and his next brother Mostafa, first violin, answered questions and responded to comments about their lives in Israel. Omar has spent a total of 150 days in prison on seven occasions because of his refusal, as a conscientious objector, to join the Israeli army. He said he refused to exchange his musical instrument that can make peace for an assault rifle that kills innocent children. He was finally exempted from military service. The second brother and first violinist, Mostafa, has recently been summoned to present himself at the army recruitment centre and on return home expects to have to follow his brother and spend time in prison.

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The concert was arranged and sponsored by Sutton for Peace and Justice after Amnesty International had flown the quartet to England.

Galilee Quartet concert programme

The Galilee Quartet will be performing in Sutton on Monday 6 October.

The internationally renowned string quartet, made up of three brothers and one sister from Galilee, will play classical and arabic music. See attached flyer.

The concert will be followed by a question and answer session with Omar Sa’ad, viola player and conscientious objector, who will speak about the story behind the Quartet.

The concert will take place on Monday 6 October, doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start, at Sutton Grammar School (in the Drama Studio, entrance off Greyhound Road, Sutton, SM1 4AN).

The programme is shown below.

There is no advance entry charge, donations will be taken on the night.

Attendees must reserve a place by email to salehmamon@hotmail.com or by text message to 07931 786134.

Concert Programme

Buorree 1st and 2nd from the 3rd cello suite by J. S. Bach (solo viola)

Sarabande in D minor from the 2nd partita for violin by J. S. Bach (solo violin)

Por Una Cabeza – Tango from ‘Scent Of A Woman’ by Carlos Gardel

Pirates Of The Caribbean – movie melody

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K.525 Allegro and Menuet (Allegretto) by W. A. Mozart

Paloma (Tango)

El Cumbanchero (samba) by R. H. Marin

Two oriental Arabic songs:
Arde am bit’ase by Wadi Al Safi.
Raj’aeen ya hawa raj’aeen by Fairouz.

Followed by:

Q&A session with Omar Sa’ad, viola player and conscientious objector

Facilitated by Doris Richards, Sutton for Peace and Justice and the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel

Presented by Sutton for Peace and Justice in association with Amnesty International  UK

The Galilee String Quartet – In Concert and Conversation

Sutton for Peace and Justice  are delighted to present: The Galilee String Quartet  – In Concert and Conversation

Monday 6 October 2014, doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

At Sutton Grammar School, Sutton, SM1 4AN (in the Drama Studio, entry from Greyhound Road).

An evening of  Western classical and Arabic music followed by a Q&A session with Omar Sa’ad,  viola player and conscientious objector

The Galilee Quartet:
Omar Sa’ad (viola)     Mostafa Sa’ad (violin)
Ghandi Sa’ad (violin)     Tibah Sa’ad (cello)

The three brothers and one sister are from a Druze family from the village of Maghar in the Galilee in Israel.  All four are students at the Beit Almusica Conservatory who have performed throughout Palestine and in many cities of Europe.  In 2013 they played with Nigel Kennedy at the Proms in the Albert Hall.

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Omar the oldest brother gained international solidarity as a conscientious objector after refusing to serve in the Israeli Army and ‘occupy his own people – the Palestinians’.  Omar was sent to military prison, but eventually exempted from military service after refusing the draft seven times.

The Quartet will play a selection of classical and Arabic music. The concert will be followed by a question and answer session with Omar Sa’ad, viola player and conscientious objector, who will speak about the story behind the Quartet.

This is a rare opportunity to see the Galilee Quartet in this country – at one of only nine concerts on their short tour of England and Wales in 2014 – and hear their story.

No entry charge, donations will be taken. Please reserve your place by email to salehmamon@yahoo.co.uk or by text message to 07931 786134

You can download a flyer / poster here.

Galilee Quartet in concert and in conversation – in Sutton

On Monday 6 October the internationally renowned Galilee Quartet will be performing in Sutton.

The string quartet is made up of three brothers and one sister, from a Druze family from the village of Maghar in the Galilee in Israel:

Omar Sa’ad, viola; Mostafa Sa’ad, violin; Ghandi Sa’ad, violin; and Tibah Sa’ad, cello.

All four are students at the Beit Almusica Conservatory who have performed throughout Palestine and in many cities of Europe. In 2013 they played with Nigel Kennedy at the Proms in the Albert Hall.

The Quartet will play a selection of classical and Arabic music. The concert will be followed by a question and answer session with Omar Sa’ad, viola player and conscientious objector, who will speak about the story behind the Quartet.

As an Israeli citizen Omar, the oldest brother, was called up for military service, but he refused to take part in what he called ‘the occupation of his own people – the Palestinians’. Omar was sent to military prison, but eventually exempted from military service after refusing the draft seven times.

omar

This is a rare opportunity to see the Galilee Quartet in this country – at one of only nine concerts on their short tour of England and Wales in 2014 – and hear their story.

The concert will take place on Monday 6 October, doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start,

at Sutton Grammar School (entrance off Greyhound Road, Sutton, SM1 4AN).

It is being organised by Sutton for Peace and Justice in association with Amnesty International.

There is no advance entry charge, donations will be taken on the night.

Places are limited – attendees must reserve a place by email to salehmamon@hotmail.com or by text message to 07931 786134 and receive a confirmation.

About the Galilee Quartet

The Galilee Quartet is a classical string quartet comprised of three brothers and one sister from the Sa’ad family, a Druze family from The Galillee in Israel.

The Gaillee Quartet are students at Beit Almusica Conservatory and have performed in almost every city in Palestine and several European countries with Edward Said National Conservatory of Music’s ensembles and youth orchestras (Italy, Greece, France, Jordan and England). In their last tour with the Palestine Strings ensemble, they performed with the great virtuoso violin player Nigel Kennedy in a phenomenal concert in the BBC proms music festival in London at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013.

Omar, 18, is the oldest brother and viola player in the quartet. He has been a keen musician since 2004 and plays piano and oriental percussion in addition.

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In 2013 Omar gained international fame as a political activist when he sent a letter to the Israeli Prime Minister and Defence Minister explaining the reasons for his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army. As a conscientious objector, he refused to exchange his “musical instrument that can make world peace with an assault rifle that can kill people and innocent children and taking part of occupying his own people – the Palestinians.”

Omar graduated in 2013 from Beit Almusica conservatory with the highest distinction in viola recital. After few months he entered military prison because of his refusal and returned for seven imprisonments with a total of 150 days (excluding 40 days in addition spent in hospital and at home). After 200 days and seven refusals of the draft Omar was finally exempted from military service.

Mostafa, 16, is the second eldest brother in the quartet and their first violin player. He started playing music in 2004 and also plays the Oud, an oriental guitar. Mostafa has won first place in a Palestine national music competition three times in three different categories (2008, 2010, 2012). He took first place in Nazareth talent competitions in 2010 and in the same year he joined the Palestine Youth Orchestra as their the youngest player.

Mostafa has been summoned to present himself in the recruitment office in Tiberias and next year he’ll be imprisoned for his conscientious objection and refusal to take part in the occupation of his own people.

Tibah, 15, is the only sister in the quartet and their cello player. She has been playing music since 2006 and also sings. Tibah is a member of Beit Almusica Orchestra and she sings oriental Arabic and Western classical songs and was chosen as Talent of the Year by the Conservatory in 2010.

Gandhi, 13, is the youngest brother and is the second violin player in the quartet. He has been playing music sInce 2006 and also sings. Like his elder brother Mostafa, Gandhi won first place prizes in a Palestine national music competition over three years in three different categories (2010, 2012, 2014). He was chosen as Talent of the Year at the Conservatory for the year 2012.

Mostafa returned to play a duet with Nigel Kennedy at the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park, and again with Kennedy at Bethlehem Unwrapped in January 2014.

The Galilee String Quartet coming to Sutton

Sutton for Peace and Justice are delighted to be bringing the Galilee Quartet to Sutton on Monday 6 October.

An evening of Western classical and Arabic music followed by a Q&A session with Omar Sa’ad, viola player and conscientious objector, will take place at Sutton Grammar School from 7.30 pm.

This will be their only performance in south London/Surrey on their 9 date tour of Britain in 2014.

The Galilee Quartet is Omar Sa’ad (viola), Mostafa Sa’ad (violin), Ghandi Sa’ad (violin) and Tibah Sa’ad (cello).

The three brothers and one sister are from a Druze family from the village of Maghar in the Galilee in Israel. All four are students at the Beit Almusica Conservatory, and they have performed throughout Palestine and in many cities of Europe. In 2013 they played with Nigel Kennedy at the Proms in the Albert Hall.

Omar the oldest brother gained international support as a conscientious objector after refusing to serve in the Israeli Army and ‘occupy his own people – the Palestinians’. Omar was sent to military prison, but eventually exempted from military service after refusing the draft seven times. Mostafa has been summoned to present himself for military service and next year he’ll be imprisoned for his conscientious objection.

No entry charge, donations will be taken.  Please reserve your place by email to salehmamon@hotmail.com or text message to 07931 786134.