Organised by wonderful Perri Alleyne-Hughes to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and end the week-long ‘No More Tears’ event, our peace concert in the stunning surroundings of Princes Road Synagogue was a moving yet uplifting event. ‘Voices for Peace’, a group of 60 fabulous singers, specifically gathered from 4 different choirs: Sense Of Sound Singers, Merseyside A Capella Community Choir, (formerly Up for Arts Community Choir), the Luminelles and Over The Water.
Performing alongside the choirs were the amazing Mark Sebastian D’Lacey, Anne Taft, Eithne Brown, and Gary Brown, with contributions from writer and broadcaster, Professor Seán Street and all brought together under the Musical Direction of Perri Alleyne – Hughes along with myself.
The first half featured a performance by John Gorman called ‘Anne Frank’s Dad, Otto’, which was a well-delivered, hard-hitting monologue.
The second half consisted of choir performances interspersed with spoken word from Eithne Brown.
The musical programme was as follows –
Sense of Sound Singers –
As (by Stevie Wonder) feat. solos from Joanne Steel & myself
Mark Sebastian D’Lacey feat. Sense of Sound Singers –
Prayer (by Mark Sebastian D’Lacey)
The Luminelles –
We Want Peace (by Lenny Kravitz) feat. solo from Mpho Shiang
Perri Alleyne-Hughes –
Redemption Song (by Bob Marley)
The Luminelles –
Connected (by Anna Krantz)
MACC, Sense of Sound Singers & Over The Water –
Perri’s Piece for Peace (working title / by Perri Alleyne-Hughes)
Gary Brown –
Evil (by Stevie Wonder)
Over The Water –
Peace Is Just A Word (by the Eurythmics) feat. solos from Mersey Wylie, Dionne Lammin & Nina Cox
Mark Sebastian D’Lacey feat. Sense Of Sound Singers & Over The Water –
Anthem (by Leonard Cohen)
All choirs & performers –
Peace Salaam Shalom