News

2017

We’re so excited! We can’t wait to host the very first Ethno Palestine in 2017! The first one. EVER! Check out what we’ve got planned for April here.
Monday January 16th

2016

Today at 2pm in Hisham Palace in Nablus, our 4 returned Palestinian musicians from Denmark will give a presentation on their experience abroad followed by a performance of music. We hope to see you there!
Saturday September 24th

For the past week we’ve hosted 4 Palestinian musicians at the Ethno Denmark music camp in Glamsbjerg, in collaboration with our partner Musik og Ungdom. We’ve all been having a wonderful time so far. Check out the pictures through our Facebook page below to see how we’ve been getting on!
https://www.facebook.com/musicharvest/
http://www.musik-ungdom.dk/ethno
Thursday August 3rd

We’re really excited to have received 4 Danish musicians to work with us over the next two weeks. They’ll be participating with us in the inaugural Nablus Festival. They’ve already been collaborating with four young talented Palestinian musicians who will join them in their performances during the Nablus Festival. This is in advance of their participation at another festival in Denmark this summer called Ethno Denmark, which all eight musicians will be performing at.
http://nablusfestival.org/
http://www.musik-ungdom.dk/ethno
Sunday April 24th

In 2016, our local partner Project Hope will organise Nablus’s inaugural Cultural Festival. The festival will take place from April 25th to May 2nd, and will celebrate and showcase the best of local and international culture. It is hoped to host a wide range of international artists in the city over the course of the festival, and as such they’re currently entertaining proposals from artists who would like to perform in the city during the festival. For more information please contact the organisers at nablus@projecthope.ps.Check out the festival website here http://nablusfestival.org/
Monday January 18th

2015

Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters for all of their energy and enthusiasm during 2015. We’re now looking forward to new projects beginning in 2016! Our classes and concerts will resume in February next year when a new batch of volunteers will arrive. Also, please visit out website regularly to keep updated on the Nablus Cultutual Festival which will take place in April and May this year.
Tuesday December 22nd

If you didn’t get a chance to attend our students’ concert earlier in the year, where they showcased their own compositions then you can listen to them now via soundcloud.
Sunday November 13th

Come join us for a concert later today when our volunteers will be performing at the Institut Francais in Nablus. The concert starts at 18.30
Sunday October 18th

After taking a break for summer exams and Ramadan we’ll be starting classes again with our students next week. We’re looking forward to getting back to work! Here’s an upcoming concert to get you back in the mood: An-Najah University (New Campus) Nablus, July 27th @ 6pm.
Monday July 20th

We’ll be taking a break for Ramadan but will be back in July with more classes, concerts and music activities. Ramadan Kareem everyone!
Wednesday June 17th

Our volunteers and students will be launching some music that they have composed together this Saturday at the Hamdi Manko centre in Nablus at 2pm. Come along and enjoy the music! If you can’t make it then check out their SoundCloud page here!
Thursday April 23rd

We’re currently hosting a Belgian musician in Nablus who’s working on a digital music composition project with our students. Catch up on his experiences and progress to date from his blog here!
Wednesday April 1st

Check out our animated annual report here! Thanks to Simon Eskildsen for the beautiful artwork.
Tuesday 3rd February

2014

Thanks to all of our volunteers and friends for the energy and enthusiasm they brought to our projects in 2014. Happy Holidays!
Tuesday 22nd December

Check out our new Two Week Summer volunteer programme for non-musicians here. Only ten places available for 2015.
Monday 10th November

Enjoy some photos from the final concert of our summer volunteers on our Facebook page here!
Tuesday 14th October

After a month of fasting over Ramadan, and the celebration of feast days, our students have recommenced their music classes with our great new batch of volunteers from Italy, Canada and the US!
Monday 1st September

Read about the experience of one of our returned volunteers as he writes about his time working with us in Nablus on the Irish Times here.
Friday 4th July

After a short break, we’re well and truly back into the swing of things. We were delighted to welcome Chris O’Donoghue from Irish charity SERVE to Nablus for four intensive days of youth work training in May. Then, a new volunteer joined us. An excellent violinist, he has certainly been kept busy – alongside our established centres, he’s also been teaching at summer camps in Nablus four days a week.
Sunday 8th June

Music Harvest volunteers have been busy these past few weeks – we’ve visited the Women’s Studies Centre and been to concerts at An-Najah University, alongside teaching, of course! This week we’re attending a briefing with prisoner support and human rights association Addameer.
Sunday 5th April

Previous Music Harvest volunteer Sarah Clowry and former Programme Co-ordinator Hannah Gallagher played some beautiful music by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms alongside wonderful musicians Jay Crossland and Mathilde Vittu at the ESNCM Hall, Beit Sahour, last Saturday evening.
Monday 24th March

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of one our past volunteers, Thomas Vierstraete, last week. Thomas worked with us in 2011, leading percussion workshops with our students and performing in a number of concerts over his term. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. He will always be fondly remembered by the students he tutored and the friends he made in Nablus.
Monday 10th March

We had a great time in Bethlehem last week, at a training session with Musicians without Borders. Thanks Fabienne! Read about it here.
Tuesday 18th February

Looking forward to welcoming our four new Music Harvest volunteers tomorrow! We’ll be receiving volunteers from France, Germany, Italy and France.
Saturday 1st February

2013

We’ll be taking a break for Christmas and January – the exam term for Palestinian students. Classes and concerts will resume in February. Thank you to all of our friends and supporters for your support in 2013. See you all in 2014!
Monday 23rd December

Interesting article appearing in today’s Irish Times, offering a nuanced portrayal of life in Nablus. You can also read it online here.
Friday 13th December

In case you missed our performance on Monday evening last, our volunteers will be performing again – along with some of our students – tomorrow (December 2nd) in the village of Salem, just outside of Nablus. The concert starts at 5.30 pm at the Women’s Charitable Association Centre.
Sunday 1st December

Come down to the Institut Français in Nablus this Monday evening at 6.30 for another Music Harvest Autumn Concert:

//Traditions in Harmony //
A presentation of music traditions from Brazil to Australia . . folk song to romantic violin . . baroque to contemporary . .

Admission is free and open to all. See you there!
Friday 23rd November

We visited Jerusalem this week to hear archaeologists from Emek Shaveh speak about the ongoing excavations going on in the old city of Jerusalem and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Find out more about the work of Emek Shaveh here.
Friday 1st November

Come down to the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on O’Connell Street, Dublin tomorrow where we’ll be exhibiting at their annual volunteer fair. It runs from 11am – 4pm. Hopefully see you there!
Friday 11th October

We’ll be performing another concert in Balata Refugee camp in Nablus this evening. Concerts starts at 6pm in the Balata Rehabilitation centre. All are welcome!
Wednesday 2nd October

Come join us at 6pm for our second autumn concert at Retaj Foundation in Asira al-Qibliya, just outside of Nablus. Our international volunteers will join local musicians in performing a programme of both Western and Palestinian music. All are welcome!
Sunday 29th September

We are playing a concert at Aida Youth Centre in Bethlehem tomorrow! Come join us at 5.30pm for an evening of music performed by our international volunteers. All are welcome!
Wednesday 25th September

The Music Harvest Children’s Choir participated in the Nablus performance of the Palestine Choral Festival at the end of August, along with the Children’s Cultural Centre Orchestra and the Chœur Régional Nord-Pas de Calais. Thanks to all who came and we hope everyone enjoyed the music! Find photos of the concert here and watch a video of the performance here.
Tuesday 10th September

We’re looking forward to hearing some of our students sing tonight with over eighty singers from the Régional Nord-Pas de Calais Choir from Lille, France. The performance starts at 7.00pm at the Khan Al Wikali, Nablus. Admission free.
Friday 30th August

Tonight in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem, the مهرجان الجوقة الفلسطيني Palestine Choral Festival continues with a performance of Benjamin Britten’s piece “Saint Nicolas”. The Choir of London, Olive Branches Choir (Bethlehem) and The Australian Voices join with three boy soloists from Jerusalem St. George’s Cathedral and an orchestra made up of musicians from the UK, Spain, France and Palestine to perform this beautiful dramatic work. Both present and past Music Harvest volunteers will be playing in the orchestra. Performance starts at 8!
Saturday 24th August

Loads of exciting activities and concerts scheduled over the coming ten days as part of the Palestine Choral Festival. Organised by The Choir Of London, it’s Palestine’s first Choral Festival and promises to be a wonderful celebration of song and music in Palestine. For updates and schedule information about the Festival – which is bringing 26 Palestinian choirs together with 5 visiting choirs – “like” the official Facebook festival page here. More info is also available at www.palestinechoralfestival.org.
Wednesday 21st August

We are taking the Music Harvest Children’s Choir to Ni’lin tomorrow to participate in the Choir of London’s Children’s Singing Day where they will be learning songs with 9 other choirs from all over Palestine, culminating in a performance at 6pm at al-Khawaja Palace. All are welcome to attend!
Wednesday 21st August

Come down to the CCF/Institut Français tonight at 6.30 for an hour of music played by the Music Harvest volunteers. If you can’t make it check our Facebook and Vimeo pages shortly for photos and videos.
Tuesday 13th August

Yesterday our volunteers went to Bethlehem for training with Fabienne from Musicians Without Borders, which was a huge success. Later that day they played a concert in the Aida Youth Centre in Aida Refugee Camp – the kids present had a great time. Check our Facebook page for photos and our Vimeo page for videos.
Saturday 3rd August

Isegoria, a French group performing traditional and modern music, will be playing tonight in Khan al-Wakala, Nablus
Monday 1st July

Good luck to Mohammed Assaf in the final of Arab Idol tonight! Check him out on YouTube here!
Saturday 22nd June

Really excited about all our new volunteers coming tomorrow!
Friday 21st June

Thanks to Waltons for the donation of musical instruments they made to Music Harvest during the week!
Wednesday 5th June

Just a reminder that we’ll be speaking with students at Folkwang University of the Arts this evening at 6 in the Kammermusiksaal. See you there!
Thursday 25th April

We’ll be speaking to students at Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany on Thursday next, the 25th of April, about employment opportunities currently available with Music Harvest in the Middle East. Presentation starts at 6pm. All welcome!
Wednesday 17th April

We’d like to thank Pete and all the team at Hobgoblin Music for their extremely generous donation of music instruments which we recently received. Looking forward to delivering the instruments to our students and volunteers over the summer!
Wednesday 27th March

Come down to our talk this afternoon at 1 in the Alison House Common Room at the University of Edinburgh! We’ll be speaking to students and alumni about our employment opportunities in the Middle East.
Wednesday 13th March

We’ll be speaking to University of Edinburgh students and alumni next week about our employment opportunities in the Middle East. Our presentation starts at 1pm on Wednesday the 13th in the Alison House Common Room. See you there!
Friday 8th March

Only 2 places left on our 2013 Summer Volunteer Programme! Prospective volunteers should submit their applications soon or risk losing out!
Monday 4th March

We’ll be speaking to City University students today between 1 and 2pm in room AG09, the College Building. Following that we’ll be speaking to SOAS students between 5 and 6pm in room G52. Hopefully see you there!
Thursday 28th February

We’ll be speaking to students tomorrow at Oxford University. Presentation starts at 5pm in Lecture Room VII, Brasenose College. See you there!
Tuesday 26th February

Attention Palestinian Musicians!! There are only two weeks left for you to apply for the British Council/Choir of London Bursary Scheme. Find out more about their project here!
Monday 25th February

We’ll be visiting Oxford University, City University London and SOAS University next week to speak to students about our opportunities in the Middle East. More details will be available soon.
Wednesday 20th February

We’d like to thank Danny and all the team at the Irish Heritage Foundation in Glasgow – as well as Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and Conradh Na Gaeilge – for the hugely successful Christmas fundraiser they organised back in December. All proceeds from the night have been donated to our music programme in Nablus.
Tuesday 12th February

An alumnus of Music Harvest will be performing a concert with a group of Palestinian musicians this Thursday in Nablus. Show starts at 5 in the Farah al Munasibat Hall.
Monday 4th February

A Music Harvest partner organisation, Ceilidh Beyond Borders, are currently organising a tour of Turkey, Iraq and Georgia in March. All adventurous musicians and folk enthusiasts should sign up! Check out their website for more info.
Wednesday 16th January

Music Harvest will be exhibiting at the NUI Galway Volunteering Fair tomorrow. Fair starts at 10am. See you there!
Tuesday 8th January

2012 saw a lot achieved on the ground here at Music Harvest. We’d like to thank all of our volunteers and supporters for the contributions they made to our work over the year. Let’s hope we can achieve as much in 2013!
Monday 7th January

2012

The Irish Heritage Foundation in Glasgow will be organising a Christmas Fundraiser on December 20th with proceeds going to Music Harvest. Find our more here. Tickets are on sale now!
Friday 23rd November

Check out our Facebook page here to see photos of our Music Classes currently taking place in Nablus.
Friday 26th October

Music Harvest will be exhibiting at the Irish Aid Volunteering Fair this Saturday. The fair runs from 11 – 4 and will be held at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on O’Connell Street, Dublin. All are welcome to attend.
Thursday 27th September

For any of you who missed our students’ Showcase performances, videos of the shows can now be found online here.
Tuesday 18th September

After a successful evening yesterday, the volunteers and students will be performing their Showcase show for a second time tonight! Come and see it for yourself! Show stars at 8pm in Hamdi Manko Centre.
Sunday 26th August

We’re coming close to the end of our Summer programme here but we have a few shows left before our summer volunteers return home. Come to Hamdi Manko centre tonight to see our Showcase show directed by our volunteers and performed by our students! There will be lots of singing, acting and dancing. Show starts at 8pm – we hope to see you there.
Saturday 25th August

Tomorrow Wednesday the 22nd, we’ll be performing another storytelling show at Hamdi Manko centre in Nablus. Show starts at 7pm.
Tuesday 21st August

Our volunteers will play a concert this evening at Al Rowwad Cultural Centre in Bethlehem. Show starts at 9.30pm.
Wednesday 15th August

The volunteers will be performing our Musical Storytelling show tomorrow night in Hamdi Manko Theatre, Nablus. Come and witness the wonderful story of Orpheus told through word, lighting and music! Show starts at 10pm sharp – everyone is welcome!
Monday 13th August

Music Harvest Volunteers are playing at a concert tonight after iftar at the Nablus Public Library. Show starts at 8.30pm!
Saturday 11th August

Our volunteers are playing a concert tomorrow evening in Hisham Hajawi College in Askar for children from Al Watani hospital. Show starts at 9.30pm!
Sunday 5th August

Our volunteers are playing a concert tomorrow evening in the French Cultural Centre next to Project Hope on An-Najah Al-Qadim Street. The evening will include an array of classical music and instruments. Everyone is welcome! The show will begin at 6.30pm.
Tuesday 17th July

Our volunteers will be performing tomorrow evening at MCRC in the old city of Nablus. Show starts at 6.30pm.
Tuesday 10th July