The Beating Wings Orchestra
Live Concert presentation

A special commission from the Manchester International Festival, Palestinian composer and vocalist Reem Kelani composed "Paradise in Strangers", performed on July 8, 2007

The concert will be available online after the radio broadcast on February 25th, 2010 on WPKN Radio

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The Beating Wing Orchestra (BWO) is a unique, musically diverse orchestra comprising musicians from Greater Manchester's Refugee communities and other culturally diverse musicians from the region.

Its main aim is to experiment, play, create and perform challenging new music that draws on a global music vocabulary. BWO was brought together by CAN in January 2007 through its Exodus Live music project, to create and perform a new international composition commissioned by Manchester International Festival (MIF) as part of their original and new works festival.

The Palestinian singer/composer Reem Kelani was engaged as the artist/composer. She used collaborative workshop methods to develop the final 30-minute piece of music Paradise in Strangers, which was performed at Exodus Live on Sunday 8 July at the Manchester Academy as part of the Manchester International Festival.

The performance was a sell-out and gained critical acclaim, including a five-star review in the Manchester Metro News. The project created opportunities to learn and perform, to form artistic collaborations with cultural forms from communities whose paths rarely cross, and also gave much-needed exposure to musicians from under-represented cultures resident in the region.

Learn more about the ensemble on their web site

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