Through the universal language of music, opera and the performing arts, The Peace and Prosperity Trust aims to raise funds to promote aspiring young Arab and Western artists and help them work with internationally renowned artists resulting in a greater understanding and fusion of Western and Middle Eastern music and culture.
The Trust seeks to create a vehicle of peace through music and art based projects, thereby supporting young artists and raising funds for education, health and cultural charitable projects.
Based and registered in London, the Peace & Prosperity Trust was established in 1994 by Founding Trustee Mr. Rajai Khouri with the support of H.R.H. Princess Dina of Jordan, Mrs. Barbel Abela and a group of Arab, European, and American personalities.
The Trust is overseen by a Board of Trustees supported by a Board of Advisors all of whom are highly regarded and influential individuals from the Middle East and the West, as well as prominent members of the global art community.
The Trust has organized many concerts and performances in the UK involving, amongst others, The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, the Lebanese/Armenian soprano Sona Ghazarian, the Russian ballerina Anastasia Volochkova and the Palestinian pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar. The first concert organized outside the UK was in Amman, Jordan in November 2010 when some of the young artists whom the Trust are promoting performed.
The Trust was also instrumental in the development of a project involving Luciano Pavarotti performing in Lebanon for the Beirut Festival in June 1999, as well as a project for the performance in London of Mozart’s “Il Re Pastore”, produced by Alan Seivewright for the British Lebanese Association in November 1999.
In December 2007, the Trust produced its first CD “A Message of Peace at Christmas” sung by Mr. Rajai F. Khouri. Rajai and all the artists who appeared on the CD donated their time to raise funds for the Trust.
The Peace and Prosperity Trust
Concerts for Peace
Eastern Voices; Western Echoes
A multi media production
The Holy City
Dima Bawab – Soprano, Cadogan Hall, 2009