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Programme of Ending Denial in the UK - Armenian Genocide Commemorative Community Evening - Ealing Town Hall - Friday, 22 April 2005, 7.30pm

Committee for Commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide & Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide


Dle Yaman on the duduk , by Ara Petrosyan - Official Opening - Introduction of Evening and Theme by Dr Harry Hagopian - Opening speech by Councillor Michael Elliott, Deputy Mayor of London Borough of Ealing

Oror (Cradle song) - Sung by Anais Rebecca Heghoyan, accompanied by Arthur Bobikyan

Word by Mr Ara Palamoudian - Chairman, Armenian Community and Church Council (ACCC)

Groong (Crane bird, indigenous to Armenia) - Sung by Anais Rebecca Heghoyan, accompanied by Arthur Bobikyan

Toccata in E-flat Minor for piano (1932), by Aram Khachaturian - Played by Arthur Bobikyan

Guest Speaker Mr Stephen Pound, MP for Ealing North

THE DANCE   (poem) by Siamanto   (1909) -  Peter Barker

BOGHOK    (PROTEST)    (dance) - Choreographed by Yerdjanik Djambazian Martikian, performed by Shakeh Avanessian Major.

Voice of Armenian Youth by Zabel Aslanyan (Kevork Tahta Armenian Community Sunday School)

QUOTE from William Saroyan by Peter Barker

TZAGHKATZ BALENI (BLOSSOMING CHERRY TREE) - A celebration of survival and the joy in renewal of life, performed by Shakeh Avanessian Major - Choreographed by Yerdjanik Djambazian Martikian

Message and Blessing by HG Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian, Primate and President of The Armenian Community & Church Council (ACCC)

Concluding Remarks and Closure of Commemorative Community Evening by Raffi Sarkissian, Chairman, Committee for Commemoration of The 90 th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.


Deacon Arthur Bobikyan is a graduate of the Tchaikowsky Professional School of Music in composition as well as music playing in Yerevan, Armenia. He is also the organ curator at Holy Etchmiadzin Cathedral and has composed many spiritual and modern musical themes.


An acclaimed solo dance artist and choreographer. Her unique presentation and interpretation highlight the power, authenticity and spirituality of Armenian dances. Winner of First Prize in the Armenian Folk Dance Solo Competition in 1984, she has performed and taught throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Born in England of English-Armenian heritage, Shakeh started dancing at the age of six, with a foundation of classical ballet, while spending her formative years in Iran. In her youth she trained and performed with the Anahid Djambazian Dance Company in Iran. Returning to England in 1978, Shakeh continued to develop her artistic style - turning her dances into intricate 'narratives' of the human spirit. In recognition of her distinctive artistic approach, she has been invited to conduct dance workshops in over a dozen cities in Europe.

Shakeh was a founding member and Principal Soloist of the Arax Dance Ensemble - under the tutelage of Yerdjanik Djambazian Martikian - and later danced with the Armenian Dance Theatre in London. She is co-producer (with Laura Shannon) of Gorani: Traditional Dances from the Armenian Homeland, a CD and booklet of Armenian folk dance music.

Peter Barker, MBE

After training at RADA, Peter Barker worked for several years as an actor until the BBC recruited him as an announcer on all three of its radio programmes: Home, Light and Third.   He is a member of the Queen's English Society.   In 1963 he was in at the start of what was to become Radio 3. For thirty years he was one of its daily voices, introducing music of all kinds as well as selecting and reading a variety of poetry and prose. He has made tape recordings of scores of unabridged books by a great range of authors, both for the blind and for commercial labels.


Ara Petrosyan attended the Aram Khachaturian School of Music studying the duduk. He played in the Abovian Folk Instrumental Ensemble for many years.  Since 1997, Ara plays the duduk and dhol (Armenian drum) regularly at cultural events and festivals in England.

Anais Rebecca Heghoyan

Born in London in 1981 and has a BA in English Literature and Theatre Studies from Brunel University. She is currently preparing to study for a post-graduate degree in Opera.

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