The Peace and Prosperity Trust History
This charity has been spawned from an idea originally conceived by Mr. Rajai Khouri in 1991 and was developed with the active support of H.R.H. Princess Dina of Jordan, Mrs. Barbel Abela, Dr. David Sambar, Mrs. Leila Tannous, Sir Peter Wakefield, HE Kamal Khoury, Mr. George Asseily, Mr. Dennis O’Neill , Ms Tina Ruta , Mr Matthew Epstein, Mrs. Leila Buheiry, Mr. Antoine Mattar, Mr Alan Sievewright, Ms Diane Atherton and Mr. Simon Clitherow.
The Trust was officially established in 1994. The original message of the Trust was; “Through the universal language of Music, Opera and the performing art, The Peace & Prosperity Trust seeks to raise funds for charities in the Levant countries. We aim to integrate artists of international renown along with new young talent”.
The Trust has organised 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 organised 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 early 2010, H.R.H The Duke of Gloucester became the first Royal patron of the Trust and HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein of Jordan became the honorary chairman of the Board of Trustees.