Egypt's Blind Women's Orchestra

I recently learned about the only orchestra for blind women musicians in the world. Named Al Nour Wal Amal (Light and Hope), the blind woman orchestra of Egypt was founded in 1954. The ensemble has traveled the world and has taken great care in training these women and providing opportunities that they may have never had the chance to experience on their own.

As can easily be assumed, the political unrest in Egypt has meant uncertainty for the ensemble as a whole. Many large donors have left the country, and others do not have the means to continue their support.

You can read more about the ensemble, their history, as well as their current difficulties, here.


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