“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 artistic event.”
– 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)