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Qatar Airways Partners with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate Local Children's Talent

15 Jun 2017

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Children from six primary schools in Birmingham composed and performed a song with the CBSO at the Symphony Hall.
Qatar Airways supports local community's initiative through education and music

Birmingham, 15 June 2017 - Qatar Airways and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) partnered to give children from six Birmingham primary schools the once in a lifetime opportunity of composing and performing a song at Symphony Hall, Birmingham last night.

One hundred and eighty children worked with award-winning composer Eamonn O’Dwyer and the talented musicians from the CBSO to write a song encapsulating what Birmingham means to them. Following a series of music and creative writing workshops, Eamonn assembled the children’s words and ideas into a unique piece which was performed in front of an audience of friends and family on 14 June 2017, accompanied by a ten-piece ensemble made up from the Orchestra’s musicians.

Schools were selected following a city-wide call out to find the composers and musicians of tomorrow and, in order to take part; pupils had to describe what Birmingham meant to them. Anglesey Primary School, Gilbertstone Primary School, Harborne Primary School, Bournville Junior School, Thornton Primary School and Deykin Avenue Junior and Infant School were those selected and had students performing last night.

Glen Mintrim, VP North Europe for Qatar Airways said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to have been involved in such a heart-warming project and the children performed wonderfully. Nurturing the talent of tomorrow is something we hold dear as a company and look forward to future local collaborations. Birmingham is a very important part of our network and it is important to show our commitment to the UK and its regions; and thus to thank our passengers for their support and loyalty through initiatives that are meaningful to them and all of us."

Claire Vaughan, Bournville Junior School said: “The Children were so excited to help write the song and then perform their work in the Symphony Hall. Eammon and the CBSO musicians were amazing to work with. It’s been an incredibly inspiring project, and it’s fantastic to see how proud all the children are about the finished piece and performance.

As well as supporting this project, Qatar Airways sponsored the CBSO’s Key Stage 2 concerts earlier in June. Children from across Birmingham experienced the whole of the CBSO live, at a special concert that showcased music by British composers and music inspired by British culture including Harry Potter, James Bond and Bollywood tunes.

Qatar Airways has recently celebrated the one year anniversary of its Birmingham to Doha route, and is enjoying great success. The flight is operated by a state-of-the-art 254 seat Boeing 787 Dreamliner – representing a capacity of over 3,500 seats and over 110 tonnes of cargo carrying capacity per week to and from Birmingham.

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Image:Left to right: Angela Muteanu, Qatar Airways; Barbara Di Domenico, Marketing Manager UK & Ireland, Qatar Airways; Jonathan Bloxham, CBSO Assistant Conductor; Eamonn O’Dwyer, Composer; Buddhika Dharmapala, Qatar Airways.

Media enquiries

Please contact the Qatar Airways UK Press Office at Bell Pottinger

Charlie Hampton / Philip Pank / Amity Harrold / Natalie Williams

Tel: +44 (0)20 3772 2514 / 2516


About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways sponsors world-leading sports teams including FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 195 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

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