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.

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

  • 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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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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