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Gaza’s grand piano (television)

tomorrow evening (wednesday 20th), 8.30-9.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9) (repeated from 9.30pm on palm sunday, 29th march, on bbc news tv)
saving gaza’s grand piano (presented by bbc reporter tim whewell, who spent 10 days embedded with belgian charity “Music Fund” in gaza) (in the our world series) (more…)

BBC pre-Easter trailer 2

this morning (thursday 26th), 7.59-8.00am, on bbc radio 4,
bbc traditional pre-easter trailer, second version (for crossing continents)

(soothingly, to a background of Brahms’ Lullaby …)
(Unknown female announcer: 1:59:02) “In the new series of Crossing Continents, Tim Whewell gets exclusive access to the story of the only grand concert piano in Gaza.”
“230 strings to be changed?” “Yes!” “Well!”
“He finds out how music is being used to heal Gaza’s traumatised children.”
“Some of them have lost their fathers and their sisters maybe died in the war, so they are suffering. So you make them forget some of their bad psychological environment in their houses.”

(more…)

Gaza’s grand piano (television)

this saturday evening (28th march), 9.30-10.00pm, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130) (repeated 9.30pm on palm sunday, 29th march)
saving gaza’s grand piano (in the our world series)

Our World has exclusive footage of the restoration of Gaza’s only grand piano and its first celebratory playing by some of Gaza’s budding young musicians.”

(more…)

PM: Gaza’s grand piano

yesterday afternoon (wednesday 25th), 5.53-5.58pm, on bbc radio 4
pm (presented by eddie mair) concludes with
a report on gaza’s only grand piano

(Eddie Mair: 0:52:59) “When Gaza makes the news, it’s usually with reports of how tens of thousand of people are still homeless after last year’s war with Israel, or how nearly half the population is unemployed, or that most of the water is undrinkable …”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tim whewell (who spent 10 days embedded with belgian charity “Music Fund” in gaza)
daniel barenboim, whose foundation is sponsoring the restoration
• belgian piano restorer claire bertrand
• rapper ayman mghames, of Palestinian Rappers (more…)

Gaza’s grand piano

tomorrow morning (thursday 26th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 8.30pm, monday 30th) (also repeated, on bbc world service radio, in the <b>assignment</b> series, 8.00pm tomorrow evening, and on palm sunday, 29th march, 9.05am)
saving gaza’s grand piano (in the crossing continents series)

“It has been hidden away in a dusty corner of an abandoned theatre, unplayed and almost forgotten – a magnificent instrument allowed to moulder away in a territory whose Islamist rulers banned public performances of music.
But now Gaza’s only grand piano is getting a new lease of life. A small Brussels-based charity* is restoring it to its former glory and at the same time is working to bring music back into schools.
With Hamas control steadily weakening the charity has begun a unique project to train teachers in Gaza to re-introduce music into the curriculum – not through music classes but through subjects such as mathematics and geography. It is helping disturbed children in this war torn territory to concentrate – and it is exciting teachers.
Tim Whewell gets exclusive access to the story of Gaza and its grand piano.”

(* apparently https://www.facebook.com/MusicFund
see also http://www.vlaanderen.be/int/londen/en/event/charity-concert-10-years-mu…)

(for photos of this yamaha C7 concert piano, see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.809907022356343.1073741853.112…)
(see also article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32042375) (more…)

BBC pre-Easter trailer

this morning (monday 23rd), 7.59-8.00am, on bbc radio 4, and on over a dozen other occasions at various times over the next few days
bbc traditional pre-easter trailer (for crossing continents) …

(soothingly, to a background of Brahms’ Lullaby …)
(John Humphries: 1:59:02) “This week, Radio 4 goes to a troubled part of the world in search of music …”
(Unknown female announcer: ) “Gaza’s only grand concert piano survived the bombing in last years’ war. In the first of the new series, Crossing Continents has exclusive access to the story of its restoration, and how music is being used in schools to help traumatised children.”
(Palestinian child announcer, Sara Aqel: ) “Music might not build you a house, or might not give you your loved ones back, but it makes you feel better.”

this repeated trailer gives a totally different slant from the description on the programme page, which talks about “islamist rulers” banning music from public performances and from schools (more…)

FOOC: Piano in Gaza

yesterday morning (saturday 21st), 11.52-11.57am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) concludes with …

“And the only grand piano in Gaza has been located. Tim Whewell tells the story of how it was found and how it’s being lovingly restored.”

(full story to be broadcast in crossing continents, 11.00-11.30am, next thursday, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05n1dnc)
(if you missed it, available from 0:22:10 to 0:27:30 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b055dh53) (more…)

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