Join Stroud's Sacred Music Festival 2017 team!

We are hoping to build on the success of this years event....and already there is a buzz...18 people came together this week to explore what might be possible for next year. It was a warm welcoming evening full of ideas and positive energy. Many of us didn't know each other but already we are coming together to make plans!

Here's the invitation that is going out:

A large part of our community is of open hearts and minds drawn to each other to harmonise to the chords of peace and spirituality. One aspect of this has culminated in the celebration of the annual event of the Stroud Sacred Music Festival. Now in our 3rd year, with people of different backgrounds and experiences we share the vision of enriching our place through greater understanding of each others' expression of spirituality. We invite you to get involved as a little cog or big cog in this collaborative journey which can be seen as an 'act of peace'. Your time and skills are invaluable and we would love to hear from you.

We will meet again on the evening of the 16th August - we are looking for 54 people to work in teams - marketing, finance, venues, catering, event programme, education and outreach, volunteers coordination and more...we are on the way but would love more ideas and support....whether it is an hour's stewarding at an event or something more....or if you have a question get in Philip on 01453 755451.

The short film below has some of the highlights of the Second Stroud Sacred Music Festival which brings together musicians from a variety of spiritual traditions to celebrate unity and peace. The line-up of artists included the world-renowned duo Susheela Raman and Sam Mills, who have taken their vibrant Sufi Bhakti musical sounds all over the globe – plus the international group, the Ganda Boys, who are huge stars in their homeland of Uganda plus the devotional dance band, The Raga Babas. There was also a programme of Sacred music workshops plus a Bhangra procession through Stroud.

The festival was the dream of The Rev Simon Howell of St Laurence Parish Church. “It is essentially an act of peace. We have aspired to bring together outstanding and soulful musicians from many spiritual paths this year – including from Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, anthroposophical and indigenous traditions – in this expression of unity.” Both he and co-director Girish Patel, who appear in the film, share the belief that music is the language of the heart, and can succeed in bringing unity and peace when dialogue fails.”

See more about Sacred Music Festival:

Ganda Boys:

Raga Bagas:

Susheela Ramon Facebook:…

Jean Paul Wabotai:

Qi Rattan:


Craig Preuss:

See also last year’s Festival:…

Coming soon further films of the Festival by Duncan Mann.

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