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For nearly six years, young Iraqis defied the war, coming from all over the country to play in an orchestra, but the emergence of Daesh has dashed their dream of making music to bridge deadly sectarian divides.MacAlindin, a Scottish musician, was eating fish and chips in an Edinburgh cafe when he saw an appeal in the local newspaper from an Iraqi pianist, Zuhal Sultan, 17, for a maestro to put the orchestra together.Beethoven's Prometheus Overture, Haydn's Symphony No. 99, and – to represent the ethnic mix of the orchestra – Kurdish and Arabic Iraqi pieces made up the repertoire that night and the orchestra went on to play in Britain, France and Germany.In addition to nurturing talent, the orchestra brought together people aged between 18 and 25 from all over Iraq.Back in Iraq, the orchestra's former members are trying to keep making music.
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