The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) is to give a series of UK performances this August. The musicians will collaborate with cello soloist Julian Lloyd Webber and will perform a new concerto written for Iraqi oud player Khyam Allami. The NYOI will also work with members of the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra.

The orchestra's performances in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London this summer come a year after its first ever trip outside Iraq, to play at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. The orchestra has only been in operation for four years.