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International Peace Day Concert – Music for Peace in the Middle East

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on September 25, 2013

ImageOn UN International Peace Day, Universal Peace Federation – UK helped Tally Koren to organise a wonderful concert of Middle Eastern musicians in support of the Parents Circle Family Forum. ‘Music for Peace in the Middle East’ included Palestinian Oud player and singer, Nizar Al-Issa, guitarist Udi Glazer, Anna Kempton on Chello, violinist Julia Stone and Woody Dean on the piano and was held in the classic church background of St Peter’s in Notting Hill. Photos http://bit.ly/16zleFD

Music for Peace in the Middle East was a celebration of music from different cultures. Each person here tonight is supporting the language of love and on this note the first musician, the Persian Hamid Rasti, started playing with his instrument of 72 strings so beautifully. It was just music, peace, hearts beating and calming down in this church. It was just beautiful and every time we turned our heads back more people where coming in. Music has no barrier, as he diligently played and with what looked like chopsticks we all relaxed and he took us on a journey of hope.

The music continued and then there was a poem read by Julia “No man is an Island”.  A very short but moving poem.

Then came Tally on stage again and sang Free Will. The atmosphere in the hall was quiet. For me and many others it was possibly the very first time that Palestinians, Israelis and many other people from different cultures and countries were seated together enjoying each other music and presence. Then with the gospel singers at the back singing with them it was powerful. The church walls were echoing with the music and it was like the walls were vibrating.

Then came Hallelujah song all the 72 ways of saying hallelujah was sung, there was excitement in the air and I just couldn’t imagine a better place to be on this international day of peace but here. They sang Arabic, English, Hebrew songs in this sacred place. The place was even more blessed as it was embracing all this hub of people and the chants went on.

The evening was a great one and everyone left so happy to have met, hugging each other and just staying around to discuss it was nearly 10:30 pm when people started leaving. We the young people, were also very happy to have come and witness this on such a day.

The last song was Jerusalem and it brought a few to tears, not giving up until we have built Jerusalem on the British land but it meant building Jerusalem everywhere such an atmosphere of love was created that evening.

Christa Kamga

Director

Youth UPF

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One Response to “International Peace Day Concert – Music for Peace in the Middle East”

  1. Aymanknaifati said

    Reblogged this on live simple and commented:
    Music for Peace in the Middle East was a celebration of music from different cultures. Each person here tonight is supporting the language of love and on this note the first musician, the Persian Hamid Rasti, started playing with his instrument of 72 strings so beautifully. It was just music, peace, hearts beating and calming down in this church.

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