22nd of November 2016

New Line-up for the 2017 World Classical Series is Announced!



January 21 Vienna State Opera Woodwind Quintet  
February 10 Gergely Boganyi (piano)
March 10 Delphine Haidan (mezzo-soprano), Philippe Bernold (flute), Francois Chaplin (piano)
May 5 Rodion Pogosov (baritone), Semjon Skigin (piano)
September 9 Marlies Petersen (soprano), Camillo Radicke (piano)
 October 6  Seong-Jin Cho (piano)
October 27 Quatuor Modigliani (string quartet)
November 17 Sara Domjanic (solo violin), Nuron Mukumi (piano)
December 8 Manuel Blanco (solo trumpet



1st of January 2016

Happy New Year to all friends of classical music!

2016 is set to become a significant year for Dubai Concert Committee celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

The history of Dubai Concert Committee began on January 8th 1996 with the concert of the Dutch pianist Martijn van den Hoek. At the time, the idea to organise free high-quality classical concerts in Dubai came from a group of people with passion for classical music and was supported by the then CEO of the Emirates Airlines Sir Maurice Flanagan and the Consulate Generals of Great Britain and the Netherlands in Dubai. The Dubai Concert Committee was launched under kind patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Makthoum.

Since then, Dubai Concert Committee organised over 200 concerts for approximately 95,000 music fans in Dubai and in 2011 was recognised by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Makhtoum Patron of the Arts Awards. DCC is the longest-running classical music organisation regularly bringing classical music concerts to the public of Dubai.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary the committee came up with fabulous festive line-up of celebrated international artists. Through the generous support of our sponsors DCC will bring to Dubai an unprecedented calibre of delightful musical experiences such as the winner of 2015 Tchaikovsky piano competition Dmitry Masleev, the virtuosic Mobilis String Ensemble, the enchanting cello soloist Istvan Vadari and mesmerising operatic French mezzo-sopranos Delphine Haidan and Karine Deshayes, who are regular performers at the world’s great opera houses. The highlight of the 20th Anniversary programme will be exclusive Gala concert on March 4th at the One & Only Royal Mirage. For more details on the 2016 concert programme please see the schedule below:

January 14 2 Voices, 1 PassionMezzo-sopranos Delphine Haidan and Karine Deshayes and maestro Thomas Palmer (piano)
February 12 Dubai ClassicsLegendary Charles Azanavour
March 11 DCC 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner
April 9 Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet
May 13 La Vie en RoseSongs and Chansons with Sarah Gouzy (soprano), Joel Prieto (tenor) and maestro Semjon Skigin (piano)
June 3 Ciurlionis Piano QuintetAnastasia Injushina and Ciurlionis String Quartet
September 29 Quatuor HermesString Quartet
October 21 Istvan Vardai (Cello)accompanied by Zoltán Féjervári (piano)
November 12 Piano Virtuoso Dmitry MasleevWinner of the Tchaikovsky competition 2015 
December 16 Christmas Gala Concert

*Programme may be subject to change

We are looking forward to seeing you again in 2016! Happy New Year!

28-29th of May 2015

Dubai Concert Committee is in the news in France!

Une coopération a été inaugurée entre l’Alliance française et le Dubaï Concert Committee. Pour cette occasion le baryton franco-irlandais Edwin Crossley Mercer fut invité à se produire à l’hôtel One&Only Royal Mirage de Dubaï.

Read the full article (in French) here:

The French Art Scene has a new partner in Dubai

Below is the English translation:

Cultural cooperation between the L’Alliance française and Dubai Concert Committee has been launched. For this occasion the French-Irish baritone Edwin Crossley Mercer was invited to perform at the One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai.

A partnership that began with the invitation of a talented French-Irish baritone

L’Alliance française of Dubai, mindful of its mission to promote arts and culture in the United Arab Emirates, is pleased to initiate a partnership with the Dubai Concert Committee on the promotion of French artists in the field classical music. Thus, with three invitations a year, the French music scene will be present in Dubai. This program began on May 29 with the invitation of the talented Franco-Irish baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer to perform on stage at the One & Only Royal Mirage. Revelation of the younger generation of French singers, the 32-year-old artist has offered a sublime concert on the theme of love “It’s all about love”, accompanied by pianist Semjon Skigin, artistic director of Theater Barge Music Festival in Dresden.

The public was able to appreciate the outstanding performance of the baritone who presented the popular love songs in French, English, German and Russian. From Piaf to Schumann, Montand to Sinatra, Trenet to Bizet, Litz, Wagner … it was a remarkable hymn to love for this program “It’s all about Love”. Besides an enchanting vocalization of impeccable rigor – a beautiful tembre, the proud verb – The stage performance of the singer, full of grace and charisma, conquered the audience, charmed by his vocal technique and acting.

About Edwin Crossley-Mercer Born of an Irish father and a French mother, Edwin Crossley-Mercer studied at the Conservatory of Clermont-Ferrand, then the Baroque Music Centre of Versailles. Later, Edwin Crossley-Mercer joined the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. In 2007, he won first prize for singing the international competition Nadia and Lili Boulanger in Paris and the price of the HSBC Foundation at the Aix en Provence Festival. Following these awards, he began to take lead on the international stages, the Komische Oper Berlin at the Bayreuth Festival, passing of course by the Paris Opera, the New York Carnegie Hall or the Theater Ander Vienna. Between the Baden Baden Festival where he will be accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Simon Rattle for Damnation of Faust and a tour of Japan, he performed in Dubai, a city that in 2016 will open one of the largest opera in the world.

Latitude France, May 2015


Sir Maurice Flanagan
17th November 1928 – 7th of May 2015

With great sadness the members of the Dubai Concert Committee announce the death of the Committee founder, Sir Maurice Flanagan, at the age of 86.
For many years, ever since the Dubai Concert Committee started in 1996, Sir Maurice Flanagan has been an inspiration and a driving force behind the DCC’s activities, and one of the committee’s most loyal supporters. His love for classical music, his energy, vision and commitment have been crucial to DCC’s continuity over the years and will continue to inspire us in future.
Maurice Flanagan was born on November 17th, 1928 in Leigh, England, and attended the University of Liverpool. While serving as a navigator in the Royal Air Force in 1952-1952 he took a fall that injured a knee, preventing him from pursuing a career as a professional football player. Instead, Mr Flanagan joined BOAC, predecessor to BA, in 1953 and worked in overseas postings. He became route planning manager in 1965. In 1978, he moved to Dubai to take charge of Dnata, the state travel-service company. In 1985 he led a 10-man team that started Emirates with 10 million USD investment and two rented planes. In 2009 Emirates became the world’s leader amongst international airlines by passenger traffic. Today, Emirates serves 140 destinations in 80 countries. Sir Maurice Flanagan retired in 2013 as executive vice chairman of state-owned Emirates Group.
In 2010, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to aviation and commerce.
Our sincere condolences go to Sir Maurice Flanagan’s wife Audrey and their three children.