27 February 2018

First String Festival at the Magnificat Institute of Jerusalem

The first stringed instrument festival took place at the Music School of the Custody of the Holy Land.

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From February 23 to February 25, at the Magnificat Institute in Jerusalem, violas, violins, cellos and guitars came to life for the first edition of the String Festival: the stringed instruments festival. All of the students of the [Music] School were invited to the event that was dedicated to the study and celebration of stringed instruments.

Developed by a project of a musician friar, Brother Armando Pierucci, the Institute came to life after a decision of the Custody of the Holy Land in 1995, thanks to the collaboration of the Music Conservatory of Vicenza, in Italy. Currently, about 200 students and 28 teachers of different origins and confessions are part of this project.

Project Coordinator and Teacher - Magnificat Institute
"The main objective of the festival is to encourage students to train and play stringed instruments such as the violin, the viola, the cello and the guitar. These students need encouragement because these are difficult instruments that require serious training and practice "

The festival started with a musical marathon by the string instruments department on the first day, followed by Saturday's music workshops focused on violin making and baroque music.

Project Coordinator and Teacher - Magnificat Institute
"The first lesson was on instruments from the 16th and 17th century, some of which are still in use. In the second workshop, the violin maker explained to the students the method of making a violin and gave him historical indications about the origin of the violin and its most famous makers.”

The festival ended with a final concert on Sunday 25th; the delivery of the certificates of participation and the festival 'farewell till next edition' also took place.

Teacher – Magnificat Institute
"I have not been here long. This is a beautiful reality that unites different religions: Christians, Muslims and Jews. It is an expression of musical language, a "unitive" language, because music encourages unity.
I say that “as a musician, I do not play music, but instead, I play 'with' music. They should play with music, because music is a game.”