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CRAG E-Alert - 9 May 2005

9 May 2005

Dear Friends & Supporters:

PAN-ARMENIAN COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT ON 14 MAY - IMPORTANT EVENT: Last Reminder to demonstrate your solidarity on Saturday night by attending event

Special Commemorative Concert on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will take place at LSO St Luke's at Jerwood hall, 161 Old Street, London EC1V 9NG, on 14 May 2005 at 7:30 pm.

The Barn Sinfonietta of Oxted, with 24 professional musicians and solo violin - Susanna Gregorian (from Germany) under the baton of Johan Michael Katz and Rachael Maher - leader, will perform:

Alan Hovhanness - Psalm and Fugue Op 40,
Aram Khachaturian - Guyane Ballet Suite (Adagio),
Edward Mirzoyan - Symphony for strings and timpani,
Alexander Arutunian - Violin Concerto, Komitas - Krunk

The key speaker will be THE LORD AVEBURY, and the event will also be attended by dignitaries and guests, including HG Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian and Tickets / Reservations are available at the Barbican Box Office or on 020 7638 889. Kindly book as soon as possible.

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1) SYMPOSIUM on 20 May 2005

An evening symposium entitled 'Remembering the Past, Looking Forward to the Future' will be held in the European Room, Edinburgh City Chambers, from 5:00 till 7:00 pm and will be chaired by Donald Anderson, Leader of Edinburgh City Council.

The speakers are:

Dr Donald Bloxham, Lecturer on History, University of Edinburgh, author of books and many articles on Genocide and former consultant to Holocaust Memorial Day; Dr Hagop Bessos, an Edinburgh citizen and son of genocide survivors; and Dr Harry Hagopian, international lawyer, author, executive consultant of the London-based CRAG and affiliate with La Sorbonne Universite III in Paris and other international organisations.

It is hoped that the meeting will be concluded by His Excellency Dr Vahe Gabrielyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia.


As in previous years, there will be a petition-signing day for the pan-Armenian Petition of the 90th Committee for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide that is being organised by the Scottish CRAG Committee in Edinburgh.


An ecumenical church Memorial Service at 2:30 pm at Augustine United Church, hosted by The Revd Michael Bunting, Co-ordinator, Churches Together for Edinburgh and pastor of the church, and presided over by HG Bishop Nathan Hovhanissian. Participating in the Memorial Service are representatives and congregants of all churches in Scotland.

You are ALL encouraged to participate in the weekend events in Edinburgh, with a particular invitation for the Armenian communities in Manchester and other northern regions. The larger the numbers, the greater the critical impact.


Log on the following weblinks:

Log on to get the latest Updates, Highlights & Photos of commemorative events in England, Wales & Scotland.

The site is being updated regularly, and you are bound to click on a new item.

and 20 VOICES recounts twenty stories remembered from the 1915 Armenian Genocide -

and Photos of commemorative events across the world (including London) -

and For all UK-based community news, you can also log on the ACCC website -

Finally, CRAG joins the Armenian and British communities in mourning the death of Mr George Kurkjian, LL.D, OBE whose funeral took place on Friday.

Mr Kurkjian was both friend and counsellor to the CRAG Executive Consultant for almost three years. The current and past Chairs of CRAG, as well as a church full of friends and dignitaries, attended the service at St Sarkis that was presided over by HH Catholicos Karekin II.

Condolences again to the bereaving family: eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. + Amen.


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