For the last couple of months I’ve been mentoring Zuhal, a 17-year old Iraqi living in Baghdad as part of Channel 4’s Battlefront. Zuhal’s aim is to set up the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and eventually bring them on tour to Europe and the US. She’s a phenomenal pianist and just an outright amazing person and it’s been a real pleasure working with my co-mentor Jamie Murray Wells to help her along the way.
The first step is to organise a Summer Academy in Northern Iraq next year. She’s already got the application forms out and people are applying to come. With the help of the fantastic Paul and Allegra all the pieces are slotting into place.
It’s going to take about Â£70,000 to run the Summer Academy and we’re just starting to fundraise for that. If you can help, do get in touch and you can watch the campaign unfold here.