Hampstead Arts Festival WORDS Weekend: Day 1
Paul MacAlindin interviewed by Alex Homfray
Saturday, 12th November, 1pm
Culture in Conflict: Paul MacAlindin tells the story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq
Paul MacAlindin was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and holds degrees and post-graduate degrees from both the University of York and the University of Surrey. He has been a full time classical musician since 1993 when he was Assistant for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic. Since then he has been conductor and guest conductor for many orchestras including New Zealand Symphony, Dusseldorf Symphoniker and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. For six years he was musical director of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.
Alex Homfray helps to deliver major art and heritage projects around the world. He has worked on the London 2012 Olympic Park, on the Museum of London’s forthcoming move to Smithfield, and on major museums in places as diverse as Glasgow and Oman. Alex is passionate about the importance of art and heritage to living a fulfilled life. He developed a love for Middle Eastern cultures while growing up in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and through subsequent business and leisure trips. Alex has written for the Guardian, Arts Professional and Arts Industry magazines.