The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq's story was one of the most successfully managed of any youth orchestra, told through Facebook, YouTube and Soundcloud. How that positive narrative was built between 2009 and 2013 is here told by its Music Director, Paul MacAlindin.
The NYOI came through the most difficult and dangerous of times to produce fine music not only in Iraq but also in Britain, Germany and France. A beacon of hope and achievement the young musicians and their tutors made bridges across their own ethnic divisions, made great music in the most trying and tragic of circumstances, and became their country's best ambassadors in 5000 years.
"Paul MacAlindin discovered from an early age that he loved being an artist leading artists. As a musician, dancer and all-round performer, he found his voice through conducting, a passionate journey that has led him to work with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to the Armenian Philharmonic to the Düsseldorf Symphoniker."
You can purchase copies of his book 'Upbeat' which chronicles his journey with NYOI here:
Link to his TEDtalk here: