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14.09.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

The World Orchestra for Peace, UNESCO Artist for Peace, commemorates the Centenary of the Armistice

©BBC Proms/Chris Christodoulou

The World Orchestra for Peace, UNESCO Artist for Peace, gave a critically acclaimed performance on 21 July 2018 at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, London - the first of two specially designated UNESCO 2018 Concerts for Peace - in commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice. The second concert will be given at the Carmen Würth Forum Künzelsau, Germany on the actual day of the centenary, 11th November 2018.

This exceptional ensemble of musicians, founded by the late Sir Georg Solti, is made up of musicians from all over the world who come together on special occasions to promote peace, reconciliation and reconstruction after war.

For this special commemoration, players of 45 different nationalities came together with conductor Donald Runnicles to perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem and Eriks Esenvalds' Shadow with the BBC Proms Youth Choir. The soloists were the soprano Erin Wall (Canada), the mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi (Romania), the tenor Russell Thomas (USA), the baritone Franz-Josef Selig (Germany) and the concertmasters were Andrew Haveron (Australia) and Laura Samuel (Scotland).

Each member of this orchestra represents the universal desire to spread cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace, at the core of UNESCO’s efforts to build durable peace.

The performance of the World Orchestra for Peace was saluted in the concert programme by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, who did not fail to recall its mission: “Through this performance, and their performances worldwide, these talented musicians bring people together. They also promote music education for younger generations and give new young professional orchestral musicians an opportunity to play together with senior colleagues from around the world.”

The World Orchestra for Peace was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2010, in recognition of its outstanding dedication to promoting, through music, cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace.




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