Hosted by the University of Winchester, Space for Peace will feature music on the theme of peace from many cultures and faiths. Participants include Rabbi Mark Solomon; cantor Jacky Chernett; Winchester Community Choir; Bournemouth University Chamber Choir; String Gems; Blue Sky Choir; The King Alfred Singers; SOHO (Sing Our Hearts Out) Choir; The SONG (Sounds of New Gospel); and local school choirs.
Incorporating the city's official marking of Holocaust Memorial Day, singers will perform from around the many chapels and corners of the cathedral, on request of the audience. The event starts and ends with peace chants from many cultures as collected, arranged and conducted by The Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE from the University of Winchester. The congregation will move around the building, lighting candles, praying and participating in creating the overall musical sound.
For the last few years Space for Peace has proved to be a moving, as well as inspirational experience for people, said the Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE, a distinguished composer and international authority on intercultural dialogue through music. Each year we have a different group of musicians taking part. Later this year we will be using the model from this event in a number of cultures including Java in Indonesia.
The inspiration behind the first Space for Peace was the professor's choral piece Peacesong, performed in Winchester Cathedral seven years ago.
This year's event will be held in Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 27 January from 7-9pm, doors open from 6.45pm. There is no charge for admission but donations will be taken for the St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, London, in partnership with the University of Winchester.
For more information see www.winchester.ac.uk/music, call Foundation Music on 01962 827466 or email Foundation.Music@winchester.ac.uk