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Daniel Barenboim leads Arab and Israeli musicians in exquisite benefit concert / Evening Standard

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In 1999 conductor Daniel Barenboim and critic Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to allow young Israeli and Palestinian musicians to play together. Barenboim and Said knew the orchestra wouldn't change the world, but West-Eastern remains an inspiration: inspiring enough on this occasion to draw Theresa May from her bunker. After the concert, as the crowds thronged happily homewards, Mrs May joined them, rather than being whisked away behind a security cordon. This was the first of two concerts in aid of the MS Society. The cellist Jacqueline du Pré, Barenboim's first wife, died in 1987 at the age of 42 having suffered from multiple sclerosis.     Listen Tonight at 7.30pm, BBC Radio 3

 

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