Zuhal Sultan is a 17-year-old pianist who lives in Baghdad. Her aim is to set up the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI).
I've been lucky enough to get to know Zuhal over skype over the past 6 months as a mentor on Channel 4's Battlefront programme and we actually met for the first time today. Zuhal is in London giving her first performance in the UK at the Wigmore Hall.
I can't quite believe how much progress Zuhal has made since she started last working on this last year. There has never been a National Youth Orchestra in Iraq and it's a tough task to set one up. The first step is to organise a Summer Academy in Northern Iraq this year and with the help of the fantastic Paul MacAlindin plans are well advanced for making that all happen. The application forms are out and people are already applying to come.
But here's where you come in. If you're a music teacher on School of Everything. Zuhal and the NYOI are looking for great music teachers around the world who would be willing to teach the members of the orchestra over skype between now and the Summer Academy.
If you think you could help, send me an email (paul [at] schoolofeverything [dot] com) with a link to your School of Everything teacher profile or visit Zuhal's Battlefront page to get in touch.