Liverpool’s Sense of Sound Choir is performing at the GREENPEACE STOP TRIDENT CAMPAIGN on Thursday 8th March alongside Damon Albarn, Brian Eno and Massive Attack!
This wonderful opportunity came off the back of a vocal performance by our three directors, Jennifer, Saphena and Juliet, at the Sing London Launch party at City Hall in London last week and we jumped at the chance to be involved.
VOICES FOR PEACE
It started with the announcement that the Doomsday clock had moved two minutes nearer to midnight which alarmed among others Stephen Hawkins and Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz/The Good the Bad and the Queen). Damon was incensed that people weren’t getting angry quickly enough and wanted to find a way that wasn’t the Live Aid
Route (‘more about selling records’) and that would motivate people into action.
The first thing he did was with his (and our friends) from Massive Attack launch a website www.no-bomb.com where musicians and artists could make a contribution to the action and spread the word on things happening to influence the debate soon to take place in the UK Parliament.
As the MY Artic Sunrise would soon be occupying the same space on the Thames, next to Tower Bridge, the exact location where Greenpeace and Amnesty on board the Rainbow Warrior launched the Peace Tour with Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, our conversation with Damon and friends soon got round to what we could do to get publicity for the Greenpeace Stop Trident campaign.
The heli-deck became the nuclear clock; Damon said he would compose a special piece of music (he asked Brian Eno to help!) he said let’s find a choir, let’s write a script that would be read by inviting, actors musicians, poets, artists, religious leaders, politicians, journalists and children to step up and testify against the horror, the madness, the hypocrisy, the cost, the madness, the legacy of new nuclear weapons – weapons of mass destruction!
And this we have done or are doing. A wonderful and growing list of the above are starting to say ‘Yes,’ the equipment is booked – Sound/lighting/Screen/Cameras, Massive Attack and many others will do the visuals, the choir has been found (praise be to ‘Sense of Sound’, podcasting and webstreaming are all geared up – it will be a powerful and deeply moving occasion.