If you were at the wonderful recital by
The Galilee Duet
Omar and Tibah Sa’ad, in Oban, last Tuesday evening (26 June), you will always remember Tibah’s haunting songs, the beautiful music played by her and her brother, Omar, and their words and smiles.
The two young siblings from the Galilee in Palestine are currently studying music and music performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
Solo and together, they showcased their mastery in pieces by Bach, Beethoven and other western composers. The second part contained beautiful pieces from the musicians’ own part of the world. Omar accompanied his sister Tibah on the Derbekkeh drum, while Tibah played the cello alongside some of her songs.
We were delighted not only to listen to the young musicians, but also to hear about their successful end of term examinations – well done and many congratulations!
In the 70th year of the Naqba, the expulsion of many hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and from their ancestral lands in 1948, when the state of Israel was created at some desk far from Palestine, it was encouraging and inspiring to hear two young musicians play so skilfully, with feeling and strength, and to hear their stories.
It was wonderful to see Omar’s smile at the end as he told us that he had been playing the first-ever Palestine-made viola – what a remarkable achievement in a land so dreadfully besieged and beset. And what proof of the courage and (enforced) resilienceof all who live in that area.
Thank you, Omar and Tibah, for your performance, for your courage, for your great sense of humour!
Thank you to those of you who gave a helping hand, both in the run-up to the event, and on the day itself, especially to Juliet R of www.olivetreescotland.org– without whose input and tireless work, this would never have happened!
Thank you to the Rev Dugald Cameron and his helpers for letting us use his church, literally “for a song”.
Thank you to those of you who spread the word and encouraged people to attend.
Thank you to the Rev Dr Nicholas Taylor, who not only chauffeured the musicians all the way from Glasgow and back again the next day, but who also spoke very generously about the relevance ofOban Concern for Palestine for the resistance to Israel’spernicious occupation of Palestinian territories.
The 30 prepared tickets sold out quickly; about fifty people attended in total. What a great showing for a small town like Oban. It was a great pleasure to welcome such a large audience, including a young woman all the way from Australia, on the last evening of her Oban visit…
Because we ran out of other information as well, the Palmusic donation form may not have reached everyone.
So, if you would now like to make a donation, please use the link below.
DO PLEASE mention Omar and Tibah Sa’ad in order for them to receive your support.
Any unnamed donations will help Palmusic help other “young Palestinians to learn music and change their lives! Music can help young Palestinians to nurture their skills and talent and bring positive change to their otherwise stressful lives.” (http://www.palmusic.org.uk/support/support-us/)
Thank you for giving generously:
Thanks to your presence and your generosity, we were able to hand over £285 in cash, which went straight towards helping Omar and Tibah out as they head into their next term at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
Especially on behalf of those who were, sadly, unable to attend due to commitments elsewhere:
We very much hope to welcome these two remarkable young musicians back to Oban in the not-too-distant future, and to welcome their equally gifted brothers, as well – Galilee Quartet, please come and play for us, and share your inspiring stories – soon!
Tibah and Omar, warm thanks for your generous permission to share the photos taken on the evening – apologies for pixellated images. They show you both in performance, and speaking and listening; plus the Oban audience, the Rev Dr Nicholas Taylor from Glasgow, and Juliet R’s stall of hand-made craft objects imported from Palestine by www.olivetreescotland.org
Onwards and upwards – in the name of Justice and Peace!
Margret, member, Oban Concern for Palestine