2014 UNESCO Concert for Peace by the World Orchestra for Peace


This year’s BBC Proms programme will feature a performance of the World Orchestra for Peace; designated as The UNESCO Concert for Peace. The performance will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 20 July as part of one of the world’s most prestigious classical music programmes.

Founded in 1995 by the late Sir Georg Solti, the World Orchestra for Peace uses music as a universal language of peace that crosses all borders and brings people together by reminding them of everything they share.

In 2010, UNESCO awarded the Orchestra the UNESCO Artist for Peace designation for its work in advancing the aims and ideas the Organization stands for.

Directed by UNESCO Artist for Peace Valery Gergiev, the Orchestra brings together players of 30 nationalities from all regions of the world. It represents a universal desire to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and peace. It is also committed to promoting musical education for the younger generations.

As a UNESCO Artist for Peace, the World Orchestra for Peace has performed on numerous occasions notably in Abu Dhabi at the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Festival (January 2011); in New York and Chicago to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Sir Georg Solti (October 2012); in Berlin on the occasion of the meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the United Nations Secretary-General (January 2014) and more.