Some photos from the First Berakah Cafe

We hope to see you at the next one!   TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28th   PERSONAL PATHS – Stories about individual approaches to spirituality. Comedy from Reverend Maggy Whithouse, talks from Inclusive Mosque.   Music – The Berakah Players, Paulina Mikojczyk and more TBC  TICKETS – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/418266 SEE YOU THERE! x

World Class Music at Berakah Cafe

One of the highlights of the first Berakah Cafe was the fantastic cellist and newest member of The Berakah Players, Paulina Mikołajczyk, who played this beautiful piece of classical music, The Old Italian Love Song by Sammartini, accompanied by the amazing Mark Hinton Stewart on the joanna. Click on the link to see and hear a clip of this lovely song. 

The Banyan Deer

During the first Berakah Cafe I read this story as part of the evening’s theme on A More Peaceful World. It’s from a book called Soul Food, which remains to this day one of my all time favourite books. It’s a powerful story so I thought I’d offer it to all our subscribers as a download through our web site or as a YT link.  Close your eyes, tune in and feel your heart opening.  Direct download Listen on YouTube

A night of Music and Comedy at Richmond Adult Community College on Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Berakah Arts and Richmond Adult Community College are delighted to announce a night of music and comedy in the lovely purpose built theatre at Richmond Community College, celebrating the end of summer term for The Sing For Peace Choir, a community of people from different faiths and heritage coming together to raise their voices in support of Peace, Unity and The Common Good. The evening will be hosted by comedy and musical legend EARL OKIN who will regale us with his wit,wisdom and songs plus music from Sing for Peace and the youth band Increase The Peace, both community projects facilitated by Berakah Arts. DATE – Tuesday July 4th, 2017 ADDRESS – RACC Parkshot Richmond TW9 2RE DOORS OPEN – 6.30pm SHOW STARTS – 7pm ADMISSION – FREE (donations will be welcomed AND solicited – all proceeds go to Berakah Arts, a registered charity Registered Charity Number : 1166856 ) It promises to be a hilarious and heartwarming evening so come along and support your community. In partnership with RACC, the home of the Sing For Peace Choir. For more info about Berakah Arts – www.berakaharts.org.uk

Berakah Players Return to West London Synagogue on Sunday, June 4th 2017

In April 2016 we played the final concert of our tour of England with a wonderful night at West London Synagogue, the oldest synagogue affiliated with the Movement for Reform Judaism and is one of the oldest synagogues in the United Kingdom. It was a spectacular concert with a very special atmosphere and we are delighted to be invited back this year for what is more than likely to be the only significant concert by The Berakah Players ensemble in London this year. The Sing for Peace Choir and our Increase The Peace youth band perform regularly throughout the year but The Berakah Players concerts are a somewhat more rarified event so if you’ve missed us on the last tour please put this date in your diary and take advantage of the early bird ticket prices.   The ERETZ Programme of West London Synagogue presents THE BERAKAH PLAYERS     Law, Love, Life – a concert celebrating people coming together in trying times Sunday 4th June 2017 West London Synagogue, 34 Upper Berkeley Street, W1H 5QE Nearest Tube: Marble Arch   £8 – EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL 31 MARCH   In April 2016, The Berakah Players made its... Continue reading →

Sing for Peace – Spring Concert with special guests guests – The Parkshot Singers- 28/03/17

The Sing for Peace Choir end the Spring term at Richmond Adult Community College with a special concert this time with guests – The Parkshot Singers! Led by Janet Oates TPS are another choir based at RACC and we’re very grateful for the support from RACC and the opportunity to sing that we have as a result of being part of the college community. As part of the community remit of the SFP Choir since last summer we’ve been singing once a month at a dinner held by the local Alzheimer’s Society for sufferers of Alzheimers and their carers. It’s a heartwarming night and the choir love being involved because it’s plain to see how the music brings smiles to the faces of all the people at the event. After our performance we help to lead the guests in a sing along of songs chosen by them. It’s a truly rewarding night for the choir members who give up their night to come and it means that Berakah is helping people at the heart of the community, using music to help make them happy.  

BERAKAH ARTS COMMUNITY PROJECTS NEWS

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve received a grant from The Near Neighbours Fund in support of our Youth Band project, Increase The Peace. This is great news as it’ll allow us to buy much needed equipment so that the band can be independent, travel and play concerts in a fully self contained manner. We have concerts planned for February and March and more in the summer. Our band members are fantastic and we still want more. Whatever you play, get in touch. We’re currently working on songs by Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers but soon we’ll be adding some good old rock ‘n Roll too. Plus we’ll mentor budding composers. Sessions are free and we’re looking at  possibly holding another session for those who can’t make Tuesdays. If you’re interested drop an email to : mo@berakaharts.org.uk Our choir grows from strength to strength. It’s now about 20 people strong. We’re working on new songs by Simon and Garfunkel as well as developing our current set list which includes songs by Labi Siffree, Stevie Winwood and K.D.Lang! We’re always open for more members so get in touch and come along. Both projects rehearse with live performance as the... Continue reading →

ONE RAY OF LIGHT – THE SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION OF A NEW AGE MUSLIM

The founder of Berakah Arts, Mohammed Nazam, has been invited by a spiritual study group based in NW London to give a talk at one of their public lectures. It takes place on Sunday February 5th at 2.30pm.   Featuring music and visuals Mohammed will talk about his own spiritual progress against a backdrop of religion, cultural expectations and politics and why it’s so important for people of Muslim heritage to come forward and speak out about their own journeys now. Of course Berakah will feature heavily and he’ll be musically accompanied by the amazing Chantelle Duncan. This is the first in a series of talks Mo will be presenting and promises to be a fascinating mix of music, inner development and outer challenges. To reserve tickets go to – http://www.toledanotradition.com/event/one-ray-of-light-the-journey-of-a-new-age-muslim/