Kids learn Beethoven and Bach in Iraq

Kids learn Beethoven and Bach in Iraq

Location: Basra

The al-Basra Orchestra was formed in 2015

to make up for the lack of classical music groups in the region

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) AL-BASRA ORCHESTRA MEMBER, SHAMAYEL BADR, SAYING:

"Since I was a child I liked music and liked playing music, I liked these things. My dream came true when I joined the youth orchestra and now I play the cello. For me, everything is great: my teachers, my fellow students. There is a nice presence here, it makes me feel like I'm living in safety, like I'm living a good life."

The orchestra now has 65 children

They hope to continue Basra's long musical tradition