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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Peace Choir by Don Mullan

Image courtesy of Don Mullan. All rights reserved.

Editor's Note

In 2008, I had the great pleasure and honor to interview Mr. Mullan for Keeper Skool. He was the author of "Gordon Banks: A Hero Who Could Fly."

With his kind permission, here is a description of a recent initiative.

Medal of Freedom
President Obama presents Archbishop Desmond Tutu
with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Peace Choir

Dear Friends,

You may be interested in the following link to a wonderful choir in Nottinghamshire, England, who have been given the privilege of being named the first Desmond and Leah Tutu Peace Choir in the world.

This is a concept I have developed with the permission of Archbishop Tutu arising out of the Christmas Truce Project I am developing in Flanders.

Archbishop Tutu first encountered "Choir Invisible" in July 2008 when he came to Stoke-on-Trent to assist Pele unveil a monument to my boyhood hero, the legendary England goalkeeper, Gordon Banks. It was a privilege to witness the immediate and spontaneous rapport that developed between the choir and Archbishop Tutu.

The footage of the choir singing 'Our Children' was taken on my Nokia N95 mobile phone on December 4 at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, at the launch of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Peace Choirs. It is hoped the initiative will spread throughout several counties in the next two to three years. Each choir will have the privilege and responsibility of representing and spreading the message of Justice, Peace, Reconciliation and Healing which have characterised the life and commitment of Archbishop and Mrs Tutu. Proceeds from concerts held by the Peace Choirs will be sent to South Africa to help support the work of Archbishop Tutu.

I hope you enjoy the recording. I must admit, I am very impressed by the quality of the sound recording, bearing in mind this was shot on a Nokia mobile phone. I would be grateful if you could pass on this link to people who might be interested.

Best wishes,

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