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"BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, UPBEAT: the Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07nrfb5"
Aug 16, 2016
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"Johnny Ray's Charisma Magic podcast with me: http://bit.ly/2atZeX8"
Aug 3, 2016
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"PODCAST: Culture Matters, with Chris Smit and me - Good news from Iraq http://bit.ly/2aJqxxU"
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"Prospect Magazine: A tale of two youth orchestras - Palestine and Iraq http://bit.ly/2aUwNlW"
Aug 3, 2016
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"Discord & Harmony: How a youth orchestra flourished in Iraq http://bit.ly/2aeji3N"
Aug 3, 2016
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"Haydn for Heroic Musicians - BBC Music Magazine today: https://issuu.com/nyoiraq/docs/img-160803103151"
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Nov 25, 2015
Paul MacAlindin posted a blog post

Iraq and the USA - a tale of two orchestras

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 Orchestras began as a…See More
Jun 25, 2014
Paul MacAlindin posted a status
"Chicago Daily Herald on our debut: http://j.mp/1kIIdJ5"
Jun 6, 2014
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"Incredible kickstarter updates from our Elgin Youth Orchestra project manager, Rachel Maley. Number 1. http://j.mp/1kIHNlR"
Jun 6, 2014
Paul MacAlindin commented on Paul MacAlindin's blog post National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in USA
"Thanks Hannah! Tickets to our concert in the Lisner Auditorium in DC on the 19th August should be going online soon. I'll keep you posted!"
Jun 5, 2014
Hannah Schneider commented on Paul MacAlindin's blog post National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in USA
"Congratulations! This is an admirable goal and a daunting logistical project. Best wishes - would love to see you perform in DC.    "
May 13, 2014
Paul MacAlindin posted a blog post

National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in USA

It's been a brutal few months. Building a team in the USA, and managing my musicians and team in Iraq, whilst sitting in Starbucks in Rudolfplatz, Cologne, Germany, where I live, hammering away on my laptop. Thus is the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq's 2014 Summer Camp and US tour being organised.We're a pro-bono team involving the NGO of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in Baghdad, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Iraq Foundation, the US Embassy in Baghdad, Northern Illinois…See More
May 9, 2014
Paul MacAlindin posted a status
"Our Kickstarter has been launched: http://j.mp/1kXLe4h"
May 9, 2014

Profile Information

I am a:
Teacher, Performing Artist
My school is:
National Youth Orchestra of Iraq
My other school or arts organization is:
Board Member at European Federation of National Youth Orchestras & Member of League of American Orchestras
My style(s) of music:
Classical, World
I am interested in:
Conducting, Performing
My musical instrument(s):
Piano / keyboard
More about me:
I love wrestling and am a member of the Janus Wresting club: http://www.janusringer.de/

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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.

 

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TRUE GRIT

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…

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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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National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in USA

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:50am 2 Comments

It's been a brutal few months. Building a team in the USA, and managing my musicians and team in Iraq, whilst sitting in Starbucks in Rudolfplatz, Cologne, Germany, where I live, hammering away on my laptop. Thus is the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq's 2014 Summer Camp and US tour being organised.

We're a pro-bono team involving the NGO of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in Baghdad, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Iraq Foundation, the US Embassy in Baghdad,…

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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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