"The Prince of Wales has long advocated the need to build bridges between faiths
and cultures and sends his warmest good wishes for the success of this venture."
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales
"I hope that this is something that will go on for a long time so that we composers
can get to know each other and love and respect each other's work."
The late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE, formerly Master of the Queen's Music
"The British Council strongly endorses the aims of this significant and important
project. The series will demonstrate the common, cross-cultural language of
excellence in the classical tradition, and will - in particular - demonstrate that Arab
artists belong firmly within the global mainstream."
John Kieffer, British Council
"I fully support this initiative and wish you every success with your endeavours."
His Royal Highness, Prince Turki Al-Faisal
"The Al Farabi concerto series will remind the world that great classical music is the
common heritage of the civilisation which stretches from Eastern Arabia to Western
Ireland. Through music of the highest quality and extraordinary creativity, it will
speak to what really matters in the world shared for so long by Jews, Christians and
Muslims. No-one interested in our common culture should miss this astonishing
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO
"The Al-Farabi concerts have introduced people in Britain to music in the modem
tradition composed - and sometimes played - by artists from Morocco to Kuwait and
Turkey. For many like me they have opened the door to a totally unexpected new
range of musical experience, some of it of very high quality. At the same time, Al
Farabi has given composers and musicians from Middle East countries access to
new audiences and new colleagues in the British music world. This has been an
invigorating and enriching experience for both sides. Long may it continue."
Sir David Blatherwick KCMG, OBE
"Understanding music from the Middle East has never been more important, not just
because of the on-going political crises, but because the music itself is a veritable
treasure house of which most European audiences are sadly ignorant. The Al Farabi
concerts, fascinating in themselves, are becoming therefore an increasingly essential
part of the musical life in London, which can after all make claim to being the capital
of world music."
Mr Tony Palmer (Film Director)