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Peace celebration at The Foxlowe Arts centre in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Janet Russell leads a Harmony workshop of singing lessons for adults.

  • Janet Russell leads a Harmony workshop of singing lessons for adults.

  • Janet Russell leads a Harmony workshop of singing lessons for adults.

  • Dove painting exercise.

  • Jane Rushton who was helping to run a Dove painting exercise.

  • Jane Rushton who was helping to run a Dove painting exercise.

  • Jane Rushton who helped to run a Dove painting exercise.

  • LTR Conal O'Shea 8 taking part in singing excercise ran by Rosie Rushton.

  • From left, Conal, aged eight, and Sean, aged six, O'Shea taking part in singing excercise ran by Rosie Rushton.

  • Eva Dumington taking part in singing excercise ran by Rosie Rushton.

  • LTR Conal 8 and Sean 6 O'Shea taking part in singing excercise ran by Rosie Rushton.

  • Eva Dumington taking part in singing excercise ran by Rosie Rushton.

  • Local children taking part in singing excercise ran by Rosie Rushton.

  • From left, Sean O'Shea aged six, Eva Dumington, aged eight, and Conal O'Shea, aged eight, taking part in singing excercise ran by Rosie Rushton.

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A packed programme of events at an arts centre in Leek helped to celebrate peace at the weekend.

The event at the Foxlowe Arts Centre also marked the centenary of the First World War.

Singers, songwriters, musicians, artists, writers, poets and performance readers joined forces to take part in '1914-2014 – In Celebration of Peace'.

On Saturday, April 5, there was a day of music with sing-a-rounds and harmony singing workshops in the afternoon led by former Mikron theatre director Janet Russell and an evening concert headlined by Janet who has worked professionally on the folk scene for more than 30 years. Janet was supported by local artists including The Bird Scarers, Rick Ford, Pete Shirley and Herbs and Leekies. Sunday afternoon was devoted to the spoken word with readings from Roger Elkin, Pamela Brough Sandiford, Dave Bell and Phil Edmeades, a Meet the Readers and Writers session, plus films from local and national archives.

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The Sunday evening concert began with readings and performances by local poets and writers, The Packhorse Poets, Borderland Voices and Leek Writers. This was followed by the premiere of 'Journeys - scenes in songs, images and film', Rick Ford's new show produced in collaboration with documentary film maker Prof. Ray Johnson.

Jointly organised by Leek Quakers, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Foxlowe Sessions, Peace Through Folk and the British Legion, the weekend was intended to celebrate and promote peace, reconciliation and goodwill.

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