ONE response suggested to the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and
South Sudan is to unite in song on Sunday 21 September, designated
by the UN as an International Day of Peace, and by the WCC as an
International Day of Prayer for Peace. "Music and singing is the
only thing that can truly bring people together," the founder of
the project One Day One Choir, Jane Hanson, said on Monday.
She is calling on people around the world, from small church
choirs to professional bodies, to "sing for peace on Peace Day".
Supporters include Howard Goodall, Sandi Toksvig, John Hurt, and
the British Council. Fifty groups have signed up so far, including
the Zululand Gospel Choir in South Africa, Voices for Peace in
Iran, and PEPA, a charity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Radio 3 is also planning to feature the initiative on the day.
Ms Hanson first had the idea for the choir two years ago, in a
dream: "I woke up in the night with a vision: 'I've got to do
something for peace.'" A teacher and writer who has sung with
choirs including the London Philharmonic, she has made programmes
for the BBC World Service about the part played by music in
communities, including those in the Amazon and Soweto. She is
asking churches to get involved by dedicating a hymn to peace on
the day. Among those already signed up is Ryhall Church Choir, in
Rutland. The church's director of music, Jane McKee, said on Monday
that they planned to sing the anthem "Put peace into each other's
hands" by Fred Kaan, set to the Irish tune St
"I think that it's a tiny drop in a big thing, and what we are
going to be doing is very small; but if everyone did something
small, then I think music can cross boundaries in a way that
politicians don't. While we are going to be singing a very simple
anthem, and other people might be doing much larger things, the
thoughts and prayers and hopes are the same, and, from little
seeds, great things grow."
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