Andy Salmon CMG OBE
Major-General Andy Salmon CMG OBE, spent 36 years in the Royal Marines and is a former Commandant General, Head of Service. He served in many global conflicts, including The Troubles, The Falklands War, Angola, Sierra Leone, The Balkans and Iraq. Three tours of duty in Iraq spanned 19 years: from 1991 and the Kurdish humanitarian crisis, to 2003 in the Green Zone, Baghdad, and to 2008/9 when he was the last British General in Basra, closing down the UK Campaign. He retired from the services in 2013.
He now produces, directs and narrates an event called “Journey Through Conflict”. Uniquely fusing original artworks and live music, Andy shares his experiences and learning from conflict to inspire people to seek peace and reconciliation.
Australian Pianist and Film Composer
Australian-born classically trained pianist Tom Donald is regarded as a leading music innovator in today’s post-jazz/classical fusion music genres in concert and on screen. Now based in London and Europe, Tom has performed in many venues such as Abbey Road Studios, Hackney Empire, National Opera Studio, BBC Maida Vale Studios, Ronnie Scotts, Vortex Jazz Club, The Horcynus Festival, Sicily and the Dubai Film Festival.
As a composer of scores for films, Tom’s soundtracks have won acclaim throughout North America, Europe and The Middle East, including Haider Rashid’s Tangled up in Blue and Koutiba Al-Janabi’s Leaving Baghdad.
Ismail Y Ginwalla MBE
Local Muslim Community Leader
Ismail is a member of the Muslim community in Gloucester and has lived in the county of Gloucestershire since 1965. He has worked in local government for 38 years and sits on the boards of various local and national charities. He is a Trustee of the Convalescent Fluck Fund, which donates grants to those women with children living in Gloucester, who are suffering from illness and facing hardship.
Ismail speaks English, Gujarati, Arabic, Urdu and Hindi. He supports multi-faith initiatives, to enhance the understanding of different faiths and cultures amongst communities. His community work aims to create cohesion within communities, so that people work together to find common ground.
Ismail regularly performs around the country, the call to prayer for Karl Jenkins’ millennium piece, “The Armed Man.”
He is married with four children, enjoys travelling, reading, swimming, gardening and world politics. Ismail was made MBE in 2004, for services to the community in Gloucester.
Nawroz Oramari is a renowned Kurdish singer. His music is banned in several countries. In Turkey it was, until recently illegal to sing in the Kurdish language. Nawroz says his only crime was to sing in his native tongue.
From growing up in a troubled Iraq and facing persecution, to fleeing for his life, Nawroz shares his haunting indigenous music bringing a hitherto unknown vocal to our soundscape.