Dubai, January 2015

It has been a pleasure to visit Dubai where I was invited by the Centre for the Musical Arts. This school has been ever-growing since its opening in 2006. Tala Badri, Alison Turrdiff, Frank Werge and rest of the teachers work very hard to bring music to the young students. They are doing a great job in Dubai and the UAE.

Masterclass at the Centre for the Musical Arts, Dubai Masterclass at the Centre for the Musical Arts, Dubai

It has been an intensive weekend, filled with masterclasses and performing. Interestingly, the weekend there is not Saturday and Sunday, but Friday and Saturday.

Besides the lovely company of Alison and Frank, it has also been a pleasure to personally meet British composer James Rae, and truly an honour to perform his Flute Sonatina in front of him.

photo of Frank Werge, Roberto, Alison Turriff and James Rae Left to right: Frank Werge, Roberto, Alison Turriff and James Rae<

Apart of the musical activities, there was not much time for anything else, but I could make a quick trip to the Souk. The Spice Souk is a feast for your eyes and your nose, and the Gold Souk is very impressive too. You can even find gold dresses. Who could resist such a vision?

Gold Souk, Dubai Gold Souk, Dubai

Intriguingly, there are special car trains for women and children on the Dubai Metro. You can imagine which car train I entered, as a distracted tourist, when I used the Dubai Metro for the first time.

In short, it was a really quick and intense visit. It is always great to make new friends.

I would like to thank the Centre for the Musical Arts and to Powell Flutes for making possible this visit to Dubai.

Roberto Álvarez
1st February 2015