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Classical and folk music from Oman: The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra in Berlin

For the first time in 17 years the National Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1985, is giving a guest performance in Germany again. Following their debut at the Young Euro Classic in Berlin in 2007, the musicians from the Arabian Peninsula are continuing their international collaboration. As one of the few western-oriented symphony orchestras in the Arab World, it occupies a special role. What is also unusual: since the orchestra was founded it has comprised musicians from Oman only, all of them having gained their musical qualifications there.

The musicians of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra during a performance, with the conductor in the foreground.

© Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra in 2023

In addition to performing in their red and green national costumes, the ambassadors of the Sultanate of Oman will impress the audience with a wide-ranging programme. It includes well-known works spanning classical and folk music, along with traditional and contemporary pieces from the Sultanate of Oman. Among them is the “Royal Suite” by Hamdan Al Shuaili, especially composed for the occasion, which will be played during the second part of the evening performance.

The conductor Hamdan Al Shuaili in focus during a performance, the orchestra musicians are blurred

Hamdan Al Shuaili © Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra 2023

The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra was founded in the 1980s by the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said, a lover of classical music and art. Its founding established the nationwide promotion of musically interested and talented children. In its home country, the orchestra contributes significantly to promoting European classical music. The orchestra’s home concert house, the magnificent Royal Opera House Muscat, opened in autumn 2011 in the Omani capital and combines traditional Omani with modern architectural elements.

Lovers of classical music can experience this unique cultural synthesis on Wednesday, 6 March 2024 at 8 p.m. at Philharmonie Berlin, with works by Beethoven, Schubert, Weber and Márquez as well as traditional and contemporary pieces from the Sultanate of Oman.

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For more information about Oman, the Official Host Country of ITB Berlin 2024, visit