The Peace and Prosperity Trust Associated Artists
The following artists have worked with the Trust, supporting, promoting and participating in the concerts and activities of the Trust.
Julien Van Mellaertts, Baritone Awarded a 2016 Kiwi Music Scholarship, a 2016 Countess of Munster Award, Winner of the 2016 Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition, the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Prize and Winner of the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Arts Award, British / New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts studied at the University of Otago, before joining the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music. His studies have been supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, Janet Bolton O’Sullivan Scholarship, the Hunn Trust, an Alex Templeton Award, a Laing Award and the Wates Foundation Trust. He is now a Fishmongers Company Scholar, supported by a Thomas Weinberger Award. Julien is grateful to The Peace and Prosperity Trust for their current support. At the Royal College of Music, he has sung Mr Gedge Albert Herring, and his engagements elsewhere have included Count Danilo The Merry Widow for Ryedale Festival Opera, Apollo L’Orfeo for Otago Opera and Schaunard La bohème for Haddo House Opera. He has appeared in recital with Christopher Glynn at the Ryedale Festival and sang the world première of Lewis Murphy’s Land Unknown at New Zealand House.
Tala Tutunji, Pianist Tala Tutunji’s Middle Eastern roots combined with her passion for theatre have fuelled many ground-breaking performances across the globe. Tala’s aspiration is to bring musicians together to transcend distance, borders and culture, to encourage humanity through creative discourse,interactivity, and harmony. Recent performances include UNESCO in Paris and Leighton House Museum, in collaboration with Opera Holland Park. She represented Jordan in ‘Breaking the Veils’ Art Exhibition at the Royal Palace of Naples and Milan under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Wijdan. Tala graduated with a Masters Degree from Trinity college of Music. She was awarded a scholarship from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and graduated in 2003 with a BMUS Honours degree. Tala is Co-founder and Director of Sijal Interactive Arts and the Chelsea Music Academy along with composer Bushra El-Turk. She is also the artistic director for the commissioned score of the classic animated German film ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’.
Rajai F. Khouri, Baritone Rajai is an architect by profession and a keen music lover. He is a trained opera singer who has been singing since he was 15. Rajai, who has been living in London for more than 30 years, has performed in the Middle East, Europe and the United States, both on stage and in Concerts.
“My love for opera and sacred music has led me to meet many talented artists in the music world, as well as many patrons active in spreading the message of peace.” Coupled with this love of music, his project development work in the Middle East led him to play an active role in the Peace Process starting with the Oslo Agreement.
Born in Jerusalem, he lived in Lebanon throughout his childhood and part of his adult life where he studied at the International College and the American University of Beirut. Seeing first hand the unfolding troubles in that part of the world, and having suffered from the wars there, he became involved with many political and religious personalities, all active in finding ways of achieving lasting peace in the Holy Land. “I have supported peace as a business man and as a musician for many years now.
In December 2007 The Peace and Prosperity Trust produced its first CD ‘A Message of Peace at Christmas’ sung by Rajai. “I am releasing this compilation because I believe it is time for me to promote this message of peace through my singing and music. Music transcends all boundaries and I believe that vocal music, in particular, is one of the strongest and most effective ways of spreading this essential and noble message.”
Rajai wishes to promote the message of peace, love and hope in the Holy Land and also Lebanon and other neighbouring countries. He believes that peace speciﬁcally in Jerusalem is vital for achieving peace in the rest of the world.