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About Camille

Camille Maalawy has achieved notable acclaim for bridging both musical and cultural divides. As the only Arabic singer to reach the final of the first International Competition of Israeli Music outside Israel in July 2008, she broke new ground as she has done consistently throughout her professional career.

Born to an Egyptian father and English mother, Camille studied at Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck College graduating with a BMus (Hons), MMus Degree (Distinction) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Opera Studies. Her repertoire is as extensive as it is diverse, ranging from art song/lieder, oratorio and opera to embracing both Arabic and Jewish music.

Notable engagements have included Camille’s debuts at Grimeborn in 2019, in the role of Mother in Bushra El-Turk’s ‘Silk Moth’ and also at the Wigmore Hall with the Liverpool Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, singing pieces by the Palestinian composer, Patrick Lama.  Camille champions the work of contemporary composers, premiering a number of vocal works by Julian Dawes and by Benjamin Wolf, including performing on Julian’s album of Jewish song, ‘Echoes of the Soul.’ Other performances include recitals at Arts Depot, Finchley, St. Pancras Parish Church, St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, and a series of concerts with the London Vintage Jazz Orchestra.  Other highlights have seen Camille singing the role of Anna in Tobias and the Angel; Reciter in Walton’s Facade; Schubert and Mozart with the Amos Ensemble, and ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concerts in the Stevenage and Royston Music Festivals.

Studying with Ann Hood and Nan Christie, Camille’s vocal and musical diversity gained recognition coming second in the final of the Keldwyth Award (2004) whilst also appearing regularly with the Iraqi-Jewish ensemble, Rivers of Babylon performing at Simcha on the Square as well as creating the role of Lola in Pocket the Clown (Jim Marcovitch) at Battersea Arts Centre.  Camille regularly performs with her own ensemble of Arabic and Jewish musicians. In addition, solo concert performances have included Music Beyond Frontiers, a concert of Arabic and Jewish music with Hilda Bronstein, as part of the Sing London Festival; a recital to support the Friends of Bereaved Families Forum: Israeli-Palestinian Families for Peace (LSO St. Lukes); Murder in the Cathedral (Iris Theatre); the world premiere of Song of Songs (Ken Burton); concerts with the Choir of London, under the baton of John Rutter and performances for the charity Hafla which promotes Middle-Eastern co-existence. Camille has also twice taken the role of Musician in Residence at the Jewish Christian Muslim Conference in Germany.

Her passion for embracing music from many cultures has brought her success and accolades not only as a performer but also as an educator, working with children and young people across a wide range of communities including Spitalfields Music, Tower Hamlets, Hemel Hempstead, and South Oxhey (Watford). After living and working in London and Hertfordshire for many years, Camille has relocated to Hull with her husband, James Dickinson who has recently become Head of Hull Music Service. Her CD, Daughter of Arabia draws on her cultural heritage as well as showcasing her vocal talent.

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