LMP’s brand new Anthem for Peace highlights the role of music as a force for good and the perfect way to bring people together – something that we need now more than ever. This modern-day anthem, music by children’s TV composer Richard Brown with lyrics by Thornton Heath poet Shaniqua Benjamin, can be played, rapped, sung, remixed or sampled by musicians of all abilities, ages, genres and backgrounds. It will take centre stage at Croydon’s Festival of Peace in June and we’d love you to be involved!

The anthem was premièred in November 2017 by the LMP and children from Ecclesbourne Primary School, Thornton Heath, at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the LMP’s patron HRH Prince Edward – see the video of this exciting occasion below.

The first public UK performance of the anthem will take place this summer in Croydon’s first Festival of Peace; it will be sung by local choirs, schools, music groups and artists at large community performances at the beginning and end of the Festival Week 16th–23rd June – do come along!

Opening Event
16th June, 3–4pm at Summer of Love Festival at Wandle Park

Join players from the LMP and Ecclesbourne School Choir to learn and sing the anthem for the first time together.

Throughout the week, education packs will be sent out to Croydon schools and everyone is invited to create their own versions of the Anthem. These can be shared on social media and/or included in any flashmobs/events dedicated to peace. There will also be a full arts programme running in venues across the borough.

Closing Event
23rd June, 3–4pm at Peace & Wellbeing Festival, Park Hill Park

There will be a finale Peace Parade and performance of the anthem with LMP and local brass players and a special dance commission by Anusha Subramanyam of Beeja Dance featuring local dance groups.