The Peace and Prosperity Trust Previous Projects
The Trust Organised a Gala Concert for charities in the Lebanon with The London Welsh Male Voice Choir and Lebanese/Armenian soprano Sona Ghazarian, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on March 2nd 1998. Charities benefiting included The Chronic Care Centre for Thalassemia and Diabetes, Hamazkayin and the Lebanese American University.
The Trust was instrumental in the development of projects involving Luciano Pavarotti performing in London, Amman and Cairo for an educational charity, as well as a concert given by him in Lebanon for the Beirut Festival in June 1999.
The Trust assisted one of its Founding Trustees in the development of 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 aid of the BLA Scholarship Fund.
The Trust helped produce the recording of ‘Zayed’s Anthem’ (an anthem dedicated to HRH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan) by Elie Barrak, a Lebanese composer, with Lebanese soloists as well as a British orchestra and choir.
The Trust has helped organise the performance of the ballerina Anastasia Volochkova and the pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar during the gala dinner of the Arab Women’s Association, on 9th October 2000.
The Trust organized in late 1999 a major concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London to create awareness of the Bethlehem 2000 project in the Palestinian Territories, with the participation of major international stars and with world-wide television coverage. This project unfortunately did not come to fruition because of events in the area.
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 Trust helped The Ladies Guild of the Order of St. John in organising the “Eye to Eye” concert in September 2009 at the Cadogan Hall in aid of the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and introduced in the concert two of the Palestinian Young Talents that the Trust is promoting; Dima Bawab and Ramzi Shomali.
The Trust organised a charity concert for the British Lebanese Association in November 2010 during their gala lunch at the Banqueting Hall. This concert showcased some of the British and Lebanese Young Talents that the Trust are promoting in fusing the opera music and instruments with the Lebanese music and instruments.
The Trust organised a concert for the Jordanian – Canadian gala dinner in Amman in November 2010 in which three of the Jordanian and Canadian Young Talents that the Trust is promoting have performed.
Concert For Peace and Prosperity
Eastern Voices; Western Echoes
Premiered 20th February, 2012
Cadogan Hall, London
This music theatre production showcased an array of exceptionally talented young Arab and Western musicians.
A theatrical allegory of Arabic musical influences on Western classical music, exploring the themes of love, separation, longing and exile, exemplified in the commissioned work by rising British composer Bushra El-Turk ‘Of Laughter and Forgetting’ a cameo piece within the concert performance.
The themes were highlighted through voice, Arabic instruments, orchestra and theatrical story telling that gave rise to a dramatic interpretation of these eternal human conditions.
This programmed event brought artistic innovation and cultural exchange on a performance level. The production reached out to a new generation of audience not previously exposed to classical music or Arabic traditional music. It involved a culture of young Arabic and Western musicians that are supported and encouraged with the task of playing a vital part in the future of classical music.