Cecilia McDowall: The Girl From Aleppo


The Girl from Aleppo is the story of Nujeen Mustafa. It was written by Christina Lamb, upon which Kevin Crossley-Holland based his libretto, that has been set to music by Cecilia McDowall. Performed by the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.

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About this release

“Through the story of one exceptional, wheelchair-bound, young Kurdish refugee from Aleppo, Nujeen Mustafa, I feel I can begin to understand some of the terror, the distress and helplessness experienced by those driven from their homes by the horror of war. As composer I felt it important for the music not to obscure the text in any way. But to allow the words to tell the story, from despair, through hope and ultimately (and surprisingly) joy.”Cecilia McDowall

CD Booklet
  • The Girl from Aleppo: Orphans of the World - Cecilia McDowall
  • The Girl from Aleppo: Thousands milling at the border (The Journey) - Cecilia McDowall
  • The Girl from Aleppo: I'd never seen the sea before - Cecilia McDowall
  • The Girl from Aleppo: A lost tribe pushed from border to border - Cecilia McDowall
  • The Girl from Aleppo: Everyday Wonders - Cecilia McDowall
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Programme notes

Wherever one looks, innocent children are caught up in conflict. During these last years, thousands of child refugees have trekked from Syria, through Turkey to Europe in search of asylum.

One of these children was Nujeen Mustafa, a remarkable Kurdish teenager with cerebral palsy. She had never been to school – but taught herself fluent English by watching American soap-operas. War drove Nujeen from her home in Aleppo at the age of 16. Her elder sister Nasrine pushed her 3593 miles in a rickety second-hand wheelchair across nine countries to Germany. They navigated rough seas, people-smugglers, bumpy fields and hostile border guards. Nevertheless, Nujeen remained with a smile on her face. She chatted about her dream of becoming an astronaut and the things she had learnt on TV.

Her remarkable journey was followed by the journalist Christina Lamb (co-author of I am Malala). Christina subsequently co-authored Nujeen’s dramatic story in her biography ‘The Girl from Aleppo’. Read more

Production Credits

Catalogue number CR054
Engineering Jon Cohen
Assistant Engineer Al Unsworth
Mixing Adaq Khan
Recording Location Shrewsbury School
Photography Karina Lyburn
Creative Director Mike Cooter
Producer Jon Cohen
Video Olsen Verlag
Executive Producer Adrian Green

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