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Paradoxes of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq Vol.2 | Paul MacAlindin | TEDxKoeln

In this short SpeakerSlamTalk Paul shows up what happens to NYOI since his first TEDxKoeln Talk 2013. Paul MacAlindin discovered from an early age that he lo...
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Where are they now?

In this final post about the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, I look at where the Alumni have landed since our last concert in 2013. Click the link below:…See More
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I am a:
Teacher, Performing Artist
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Member of Association of British Orchestras, Scottish Music Centre, Music Director of The Glasgow Barons
My style(s) of music:
Classical, World
I am interested in:
Conducting, Performing
My musical instrument(s):
Piano / keyboard

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Where are they now?

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 2:48pm 0 Comments

In this final post about the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, I look at where the Alumni have landed since our last concert in 2013. Click the link below:…


A generation for positive narrative in Iraq

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 4:59pm 0 Comments

If you’ve ever dug into the comparative mythology of the Hero’s Journey, first brought to light by Joseph Campbell in “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”, you’ll know that something deep, unspoken exists in all of us, raring to get out, tear us apart, stitch us back together and return us to life forever changed. UPBEAT is the story of how a very unlikely group of young Iraqis and their friends put themselves though such a mill to forge a national youth orchestra for Iraq.





Posted on August 3, 2016 at 4:51pm 0 Comments

Sitting on a bed in an Iraqi hotel room in 2009, waiting for my first radio interview about the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, I picked up the phone to a BBC Radio Scotland reporter who informed me he’d barely woken up and was nursing his first cup of coffee.  Just to spite me for getting him into the studio so early, his opening salvo went:


“So, most people would think this is a pretty strange career move, wouldn’t they?” I burst out laughing and told him how honoured I…


Iraq and the USA - a tale of two orchestras

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

I've followed the National Youth Orchestra of USA since its beginning, as Music Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. We were in discussions early on about working together, but as our plans developed in different directions, as is often the case, our projects developed different complexions.  I'm still very fond of NYO USA, and completely understand the sheer amount of work that a national youth orchestra takes. Their team have my sympathies!

National Youth…


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At 3:01pm on January 2, 2013, Jonathon Hampton said…

Great photos, and congrats on the SBO feature!

At 8:54pm on June 19, 2012, Christopher Amos said…

Paul, it is great to have you with us on Musical Exchange. Welcome to the community.  I hope your young musicians can join us online, and use this as a place to connect with their counterparts in other countries while sharing their music with the rest of the world. Let us know if there's anything our team at Carnegie Hall can do to help.



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