Sing for Peace

Dona Nobis Pacem (“Give us peace”) is a beautiful song that promotes peace message around the globe to connect people from different cultures and backgrounds to celebrate the joy of peace and love. In this project, you get to write your own lyrics for the Song of Peace: Dona Nobis Pacem with your own peace message.

As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary, and the world comes together with the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the need for music, the arts, and cultural understanding has become greater than ever. This workshop responds to this need, by exploring the vital role music can play in addressing some of the social and environmental issues facing our generation.

Programme curated by Dr Paulina Wong & Dr Allison So

Programme details

Target participants

  • Kindergarten pupils & Parents
  • Primary School Students
  • Secondary School Students
  • Youth groups in the community

1

Enrolment

To enrol your team in this programme, click “join programme” to fill in the application form.

Upon successful application, we will contact you for further arrangements.

Come back to this page later for the competition results and winning videos!

2

Workshops

A workshop (in two parts) will be organised for participants to help them familiarise themselves with songs of peace and lyrics composition:

  • Engage in discussions about peace and social justice (SDG 1, 5 and 10)
  • Methods for creating lyrics, melodies and arrangements
  • Ideas about themes and contexts
  • Graphic scores, random choice, movement
  • Body percussion, rhythm ideas and grooves
  • Improvise, sing and perform their song
  • Sound poems and pictures
Workshop Tutor
Gigi Chi Ying LAM

Gigi Lam is a musician-educator and workshop facilitator in schools, hospitals and community centres across Hong Kong and the UK. She is the co-founder of Little Bean Theatre, a family Cantonese theatre based in London. She is currently studying in a doctoral degree at Royal College of Music, London.

Workshop schedule

The workshop is in two parts (45 – 60 minutes each), held anytime between January and March 2021. There are at most five sessions for each part.

The person-in-charge of your enrolled team should arrange with the facilitator to agree on the exact time and date of the workshop.

20 Jan 2021 15:00
21 Jan 2021 09:00
27 Jan 2021 15:00
28 Jan 2021 09:00
28 Jan 2021 15:00
29 Jan 2021 15:00
02 Feb 2021 15:00
04 Feb 2021 15:00
27 Feb 2021 11:00
06 Mar 2021 11:00

3

Collaborative writing

After the workshops, participants submit their work to the online submission platform provided on or before the deadline.

Four pieces of work with the best written lyrics and peace message will be selected.

To submit your work

Click the “Submit Score” button; you will be redirected to the uploading platform.

The UNESCO Hong Kong Association Glocal Peace Centre reserves all rights to the songs created in this programme.

All compositions must be submitted on or before

29 March 2021 (Monday)
Days
Submission closed

4

Performance

Four selected songs will be scored on manuscripts and performed by 250 choristers from the target participants (arranged by Edward Lun).

In addition, the four selected songs will be performed on video in the Peace Fiesta by the 250 choristers of the EdUHK Chorus and Educators’ Singers, with Dr Paulina Wong as the Artistic Director and Dr Allison So as the Music Director.

The softcover and video performance of the Peace Fiesta will be shared on this website for public enjoyment.