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/

New Sing and Increase the Peace term dates

After a successful Christmas Concert, I hope we can encourage more people to join our Sing for Peace Choir, and our Increase the Peace Youth Band. The choir sessions start again on Monday January 16th at Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond, TW9 2RE at 7pm.  No experience is needed and the sessions are FREE! The Increase The Peace sessions are for young musicians aged 16 – 25 and take place on Tuesdays, 4 – 6pm  at St. Mary’s Church, Acton, W3 9NW. The sessions are FREE too!   Get in touch with mo@berakaharts.org.uk for more info.  

Sing For Peace – Xmas Concert

It’s that time of year again! Come and join our Sing for Peace Choir and the Berakah Players for a concert at Richmond Adult Community Concert, to see in the season. TUESDAY 13th DECEMBER, 2016 RACC THEATRE DOORS OPEN 7pm PERFORMANCE STARTS 7.30pm ADMISSION – FREE (DONATIONS WELCOME) The Sing for Peace Choir, based at RACC, performs up lifting and positive music in this very special Christmas event. Led by Chantelle Duncan who has worked with Quincy Jones and Earth, Wind & Fire, the choir sings modern music with a positive message, bringing people together and showing the power of music.

Increase the Peace Jam Club!

I really believe that it’s up to the next generation to show us all how to live together but we need to encourage them and provide them with opportunities. That’s why, in partnership with St. Mary’s Church in Acton, we’re starting a new ‘jam club’ for young musicians. Please spread the word and if you’re in media/blogging – get in touch. We need everyone’s support.  

New Choir term

Finally, we’re starting our choir project again, in partnership with Richmond Adult Community College, from Monday September 26th, 7pm to 9pm. We had a brilliant time last year with numerous performances and a really great set of songs to sing. We encourage anyone who has ever wanted to sing to come along, no experience necessary. And, thanks to RACC and CILS, it’s free! All the details are on the flier below. Come and get involved in something positive. Singing for Peace couldn’t be more important now. To be honest, Peace really needs you!  

Berakah Multifaith Youth Ensemble – Get Involved & Taster Sessions

The Berakah Multi Faith Youth Ensemble ARE YOU – Age 16 – 24? A talented singer, instrumentalist, songwriter or composer? Do you want to jam, perform, write and get involved in something making a positive impact? Berakah Arts are looking for people to join our contemporary music Youth Ensemble, running in partnership with Richmond Adult Community College. We will offer regular rehearsals, performing modern music in all styles and genres, performance opportunities and mentoring of budding composers, songwriters, instrumentalists and singers. Berakah Arts is an innovative charity that creates music in order to transcend differences of faith, culture, race or religion and bring people together in a spirit of understanding. We are holding two ‘taster sessions’ at RACC Saturday March 19th 2016 – 11am – 1pm Monday March 21st 2016 – 5pm – 6.30pm You’ll be able to jam with some of the musicians in Berakah, meet other young and talented players and find out more about the project and it’s aims. Whether you sing, play guitar, drums, percussion, string, saxophone or keyboards – get in touch at: theberakahproject@gmail.com

The Berakah Players – “Journeys” at West London Synagogue – 17/04/16

“Journeys” – The Berakah Players in Concert. Sunday 17 April – 6.30pm at West London Synagogue Making its thrilling debut in the spectacular setting of West London Synagogue, The Berakah Players is a collective of musicians from Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith heritage, with a unique sound that fuses jazz, classical and Middle Eastern musical elements. Its music transcends barriers built by faith and culture, bringing people together in a spirit of understanding, shared values and co-existence. Join us for this unforgettable musical journey as we prepare to commemorate the journey of Passover Tickets cost £15 (10 for concessions) and can be booked online at:  http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/eretz

“Sing for Peace” – The Berakah Multi Faith Choir Christmas Concert

“Sing for Peace” – The Berakah Multi Faith Choir Christmas Concert. Tuesday 15 Dec 7pm to 9.30pm at Richmond Adult Community College Berakah is a music project that, through the power of music, brings people from different faiths, cultures and races together in the spirit of Peace. In partnership with the Community Partnership and RACC we are proud to present our brand new Multi Faith Choir in a very special Christmas concert. The night will feature a performance by a choir drawn from RACC students and a special intimate recital by The original Berakah Players, who’ve just performed a successful 6 date tour of England. The concert is open to all no matter what they may or may not believe. Music is a perfect way to bring people together so come along and support people from your community who are raising their voices in support of positivity and togetherness! Tickets cost £7 and can only be booked online at:  http://www.racc.ac.uk/course/C01700-151601  Click on “Enrol Now” You will be asked for payment on line and your full contact details before you can proceed.

The Berakah Multi Faith Youth Project – A Change is Gonna Come

Dear Friends, This week we’ve been posting clips from our gala concert in London last June. In the final clip for now, we are proud to officially present – The Berakah Multi Faith Youth Project! We are immensely proud of this brand new initiative and I’m sure you’ll agree that their first public performance of this legendary song, on June 4th at St.James’s Church in Piccadilly, is absolutely fantastic. The commitment these guys showed to the project was fantastic and much of what we as an organisation will be doing in the next few years will focus on our work with young people. We’ll also be asking for more young people to join this ensemble soon for a very exciting national project in 2016 so please keep in touch with us. Sign up to our newsletter via our webs site, let people know about what we do, if you’re an organisation working for more peace and dialogue get in touch – let’s work together! It is a great honour to be involved in any work that promotes peace between people, especially when it comes to future generations Come and support our work. Get involved. Put your positive intentions to good... Continue reading →