The Peace and Prosperity Trust offers a platform to support talented young Middle Eastern and Western musical artists, and to create a cultural fusion and exchange of music, community, and heritage in order to foster harmony and reconciliation in a world of conflict and division.
The Trust stages concerts to provide artists with the opportunity to showcase their abilities, work with globally renowned musicians, and establish themselves on an international stage. Each of these concerts is affiliated with a charity that works towards peace and prosperity in the Middle East.
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, Dr David Sambar 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.
In February 2012, the Trust produced Eastern Voices : Western Echoes, at Cadogan Hall in London. This spectacle showcased the Trust’s young artists through a musical journey from the East to the West using opera, traditional Arab music, and a new work commissioned especially for the concert.
Eastern Voices; Western Echoes (Cadogan Hall, 2012)
The Holy City sung by Dima Bawab (Cadogan Hall, 2009)