Berakah Players concert for peace and unity

Beeston charities Faith Together in Leeds 11 and The Hamara Centre are presenting a free concert by The Berakah Players starting at 6pm on Tuesday 7 July at the Watsonian Pavilion in Cross Flatts Park, Beeston.

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The event is part of music charity The Berakah Players’ 10th Anniversary Tour of England. The Players are musicians of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith heritage. Their unique sound fuses jazz, classical and Middle Eastern elements and this tour, supported by the Arts Council of England, celebrates 10 years of making music for peace, with new material specially written for the event featuring a new string section.

A review in The Times said: “It is music to make you close your eyes and dance in your head.”

Water and chairs are provided and everyone is welcome. Concerts so far have been packed out.

All the events are organised with local community organisations. In Leeds, these are Faith Together in Leeds 11, a grass roots partnership of local faith and community organisations which runs the popular Building Blocks nursery, and the Hamara Centre, which provides services and events for the local community and aims to bring people together.

Organisers said: “We invite the whole community to come together in a spirit of peace and co-operation.”

At 6pm the concert will be introduced by Archdeacon Paul Hooper, the Rev Jacqueline Owen and Qari Asim MBE.

Helen Bishop, Centre Manager at Faith Together in Leeds 11, said: “This is a great opportunity for all the community to come together to enjoy music which promotes mutual respect, unity and peace.”

Hanif Malik, CEO of the Hamara Centre, said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Berakah Project and are confident that the event on 7 July will help contribute to the great community spirit we have here in Beeston. The diversity of the musicians reflects the multiculturalism and broad range of communities that live in our area and music and the arts are always a great vehicle for further enhancing harmony within our society.”

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