The Visually Impaired Women’s Orchestra

If you’re looking for something truly remarkable, well, we have just that for you. The Al Nour Wal Amal orchestra is made up of nearly forty-eight blind women from Cairo, Egypt. Not only do these incredible women produce complex compositions by iconic classic composers such as Mozart and Brahams, but they do so with merely their memory.  On top of all of this, anyone that’s ever tried learning an instrument surely knows what a challenge it is.  Imagine doing so without being able to ever see the instrument itself. Yeah, wow. 

The talented members of the Al Nour Wal Amal orchestra do just that in order to take part in the ensemble. Once they master their instrument of choice, they also have to memorize as much as 45 composition pieces without being able to see anything. And of course, everything has to be in sync with the rest of the ensemble.  While it sounds close to impossible, these incredible women have proven to the world that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. 

The association behind this impressive ensemble was the first non-government run association in the Middle East to take action for blind and visually impaired women, and ever since their establishment in 1954, they have been helping these women by providing them with a variety of unique opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise have.  One of their most notable achievements is the blind orchestra that has been running since the 1960s, starting out with just fifteen members, and today has forty-eight musicians who have performed across the globe.  And apparently, the musicians in the Al Nour Wal Amal orchestra are so talented that most people aren’t even aware that they are blind, discovering only afterward.  This group is the only blind classical music orchestra in the world, and we hope they continue to grace us all with their talent and determination. 

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