Charles Kaye drums up 90 mu­si­cians from 40 coun­tries to play for peace in Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

NINETY MU­SI­CIANS from 77 or­ches­tras and 40 coun­tries will gather in Jerusalem on Sun­day to play for peace, in a con­cert mas­ter­minded by mu­sic con­sul­tant Charles Kaye.

Mr Kaye, 58, is the driv­ing force be­hind the World Or­ches­tra for Peace — an ini­tia­tive he es­tab­lished to­gether with the late con­duc­tor Sir Ge­org Solti in 1995. Sir Ge­org had been asked to con­duct a spe­cial con­cert in Geneva to cel­e­brate the forth­com­ing 50th an­niver­sary of the United Na­tions. The per­for­mance in Jerusalem will be the 14th World Or­ches­tra for Peace con­cert, aim­ing to demon­strate the strength of mu­sic as an am­bas­sador for peace.

Mr Kaye was Sir Ge­org’s ex­ec­u­tive ad­min­is­tra­tor for 20 years. He tells Peo­ple: “Un­for- tu­nately peace and war never goes out of favour. There is al­ways room for mu­si­cians to make a state­ment for peace, and what bet­ter place than Jerusalem to show sol­i­dar­ity.”

The con­cert, sup­ported by Rus­sian-Is­raeli bil­lion­aire Ar­cadi Gay­damak and con­ducted by Valery Gergiev, will fea­ture Is­rael and Pales­tinian mu­si­cians. Mr Kaye has been work­ing in artis­tic ad­min­is­tra­tion since 1972. He has worked with lead­ing fig­ures such as Daniel Baren­boim and Ben­jamin Brit­ten, be­fore join­ing Lies Askonas Artist Man­age­ment. He be­gan his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ge­org Solti in 1977. In ad­di­tion to his po­si­tion with the World Or­ches­tra for Peace, Charles Kaye acts as mu­sic con­sul­tant and ad­viser to in­ter­na­tional artists and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

He di­vides his time be­tween Lon­don and Salzburg, Aus­tria, where his part­ner lives. He is a mem­ber of Up­per Berke­ley Street Syn­a­gogue.

The con­cert will take place at the Jerusalem The­atre on Oc­to­ber 19. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: www.worl­dorches­tra for­peace.com

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