Pianist Zuhal Sultan has realised her ambition to start Iraq’s first-ever youth orchestra. The British Council's Global Changemaker saw her dreams come true with the orchestra’s debut concert in front of an audience of more than 1,000.

She said: ‘I wanted to unite young Iraqis from all over the country, who come from different ethnic and religious backgrounds and who have been separated from one another by the conflict. Through the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, I want to encourage our young people to establish a dialogue with one another in music, to realise that we have it within ourselves to be strong and creative and, most importantly, to celebrate our identity as Iraqi musicians together.’

The British Council is supporting the orchestra alongside Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister, Barhem Salih, the UK-based charity Making Music, and the U.S.-based non-profit Musicians For Harmony.

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