I felt we were there, it was as if Andy took us on a magic carpet. We met the people he encountered. We could smell the good and the bad on that journey, from torture chamber to cafes and breathtaking hilltop towns that have withstood centuries. It was a story of hope in the darkness.
How very beautiful to have a Muslim and a Christian both singing a prayer at the same event – this shows us how it should be really.
I just loved how the audience started singing at the end, as if we were all saying “yes, this is how it should be!” It was just organic.
Many congratulations on ‘Journey Through Conflict’ – it was magnificent in every way.
After the event a lot of the audience members came up to me and shared some amazing stories of their own personal journeys, in relation to Islam, Muslims, politics.
I was privileged to be at all but the last ten minutes of your session, and I heard very positive feedback from colleagues and Festival goers who were lucky enough to be there. 'Profound', 'moving' and 'powerful' were the words I heard most.
I liked the honesty and the realness of the event and the fact that it ended with hope and with the sense that as we listen to one another as human beings things can change.
The singing (Nawroz Oramari) was extraordinarily special and brought a sense of creative pain as he cried for his country with anguish, using his fascinating technique which was new to me. What a gifted singer.
The lighting of the nineteen candles was deeply moving and it was so good to involve the audience by inviting them to come forward, thus making all of us involved.
Left the event having the idea that spending time with people on all sides of conflict, drinking tea, or whatever it is, talking, sharing, gives potential for peaceful resolution.
Thank you for such a fantastic presentation this evening. I won’t be able to sing the words “O Lord hear my prayer….” In the same way ever again. A powerful and emotional experience that needs to be shared.
I was massively moved by @GeneralAndyS @jtcasobe last Friday at Bloxham. Thanks Andy, you are a true leader!
I was sitting next to a Bishop who was all rapt attention, and our wordless look at the close was more eloquent than anything else could have been and this brief summary is but a pale reflection of a truly stunning evening!
The musical accompaniment was achingly beautiful and while the presentation had begun with the muezzin's call to prayer it finished with the equally haunting Christian chant "O Lord hear my prayer" that had the entire audience joining in spontaneously.
Andy Salmon is a spellbinding storyteller and the narrative of his military experiences in Iraq interspersed with musical contributions from Tom Donald (piano), Nawroz Oramari (song) and Ismail Ginwalla (Call to Prayer), enthralled the audience for an hour and a half.