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.

Sing for Peace promotes the peace message through creating lyrics for the song Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace). In addition, writing lyrics can help people to relax their minds and forming the wellbeing.

Programme curated by Paulina / Alison

Programme details

Target participants

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



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

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



Two workshops 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 sessions

There will be two sessions of online workshop (45 – 60 minutes each) anytime between January and March 2021.

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

Workshop 1
Singing the song of peace and knowing the intent behind
Jan – Mar 2021
Workshop 2
Write peace-promoting lyrics for the given melody in Cantonese
Jan – Mar 2021



After the workshops, participants compose Cantonese lyrics for the Dona Nobis Pacem and 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.

All compositions must be submitted on or before

1 March 2021 (Monday)



The four selected songs will be scored on manuscripts and performed by 250 choristers from the target groups (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.