June 2007 Archives

HOPES Festival logo (small) 110x116.jpg HOPES: The Hope Street Association marks the thirtieth anniversary of the inaugural Hope Street Festival with a HOTFOOT 2007 concert offering many elements of previous such events. Tayo Aluko, Tony Burrage, Richard Gordon-Smith, Sarah Helsby-Hughes, Hughie Jones, Roger Phillips and Surinder Sandhu join children from Merseyside schools and the stalwart HOPES Festival Orchestra and Choir for an event not be missed.

HOTFOOT 2007! A Street of Hope for 30 Years

Celebrating 30 years of the Hope Street Festival

Buy your tickets here.

The first Hope Street Festival took place in 1977, when Her Majesty the Queen visited Liverpool as part of her Silver Jubilee tour. There was another Festival in 1980 and then no more until HOPES: The Hope Street Association was able to resurrect the event in 1996. HOPES, with support from the Liverpool Culture Company and the Community Foundation for Merseyside, has chosen to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the inaugural Hope Street Festival with a HOTFOOT 2007 concert which incorporates many of the elements of previous such events.

Sunday 22 July 2007 @ 7 pm (please note time),
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, L1 9BP


* Roger Phillips (Presenter)

* Richard Gordon-Smith (Conductor)

* The HOPES Festival Orchestra and Choir

(Leader / Director: Martin Anthony (Tony) Burrage)

and guests


Surinder Sandhu and the Saurang soloists
returning to HOPES to perform music by Surinder Sandhu (orchestrated by Richard Gordon-Smith) with the HOPES Festival Orchestra

Songs of the Sea with Hughie Jones' Jack Coutts, Kevin Bargen & Friends, featuring some of the performers who made the Mersey Shanty Festival an international success, singing shanties and sea songs from the days of the great sailing ships - the other music that Liverpool gave to the world a century before the Mersey Sound !

HOPES Festival Orchestra
performs Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Petite Suite de Concert

Sarah Helsby-Hughes (soprano) & Tayo Aluko (baritone) join the HOPES Festival Orchestra
for Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ and other songs from Porgy & Bess

Children from Merseyside schools, with the HOPES Orchestra, perform
Liverpool First and Last
which they have themselves devised for HOPES with Richard Gordon-Smith & Tony Burrage, now arranged, orchestrated and conducted by Richard Gordon-Smith

Grand finale
where the entire company performs
HOPES’ Song for Liverpool, ‘Light Up The City' (from Cool Street) by Richard Gordon-Smith.

* We are delighted that the National Trust / Chambre Hardman have also agreed to put on an exhibition in the foyer of the Phil Hall on the day. (HOPES was a major advocate of 'saving' the Chambre Hardman House, at 59 Rodnet Street, Liverpool.)

Tickets for the show
(Sun 22 July, 7 pm [please note start time]
are now available from the Phil Box office: 0151-709 3789
or via the Liverpool Philharmonic website
at £7, £9 & £11 (£5 children).

And, finally……If you would like to be involved in this concert, as a performer, singer or sponsor / raffle donor please contact us a.s.a.p. on hope.street@btconnect.com. Thank you!

HOPES is grateful to The Liverpool Culture Company and The Community Foundation for Merseyside, both of which generously provided grant-aid for this concert.

Beans, lentils, falafel pulses (small) 80x112.jpg Vegetarians have long maintained that 'beans are best'. Morally and practically, they say, vegetarian diets win over carnivorous varieties. Now there's another string to the non-meat-eaters' bow: veggie, especially vegan, is eco. So will people choose carrots, not carne, to reverse climate change?

All of a sudden, it's eco to eat veg. Revisiting the 'emissions issue', (preferably seasonal, locally-produced) vegetable-based food is now officially deemed less stressful to our environment than animal-based nutriment. And even before this, it has often been said that grain directly consumed is many times more efficient as food, than is beef produced via the consumption of grain by cattle. In other words, if we want to help reduce world hunger, one way to do this is to eat less meat.

But the snag in this simple idea - beans not beef - is, so we're told, that people won't wear it.

Commercial or customer opposition?
OK, so there are lots of commercial interests in keeping things as they are; progress here will probably be slow, as the likely necessity for change gradually dawns. But this necessity for change, assuming it arises, will come from consumers ('customers' as they used to be called).

So should we all be moving towards a vegetarian - possibly even a vegan - diet, to assuage a very big environmental and humanitarian problem? I'd be very interested to know, especially as I'm on this trajectory myself...

Some quarter century ago my family and I became lacto-vegetarians, for all sorts of reasons. Now we're beginning to think our inclination towards a more vegan way of life is timely.

But what do you eat?
That's a very easy question to answer: It's everything except food associated with ex-living things which had a face. And, if I may say so, our wider family and friends would largely agree we are evidence that vegetarianism is not a difficult choice; when our guests go home, their dinner is rarely still on the plate. Vegetables have proven edible, in a wonderful variety of presentations. Indeed, internationalism is the flavour of the day, once the vegetables have their way.

So, is it true that, however compelling the rationale, people 'won't stand' for becoming vegetarian? The floor (or table) is yours...

Tutorial (small) 90x120.jpg This website seems to be used as a learning resource, as well as by a more general readership. Teachers and students refer to it for a range of reasons; and amongst these is the opportunity for people whose first language is not English to read short articles linked to other websites on the same topics. So, how do / could you use this site as an educational resource?

Your views and advice, as teachers and as students or general readers, about how this 'learning resource' facility might be extended, would be most welcome. As myself a qualified teacher who worked in education for many years, I am always enthusiastic about the development of new learning materials and ways of teaching. If only the internet had been available when education was my day job.....

I look forward to your ideas and contributions on this topic.

Thank you!

Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, waterfall  (small) 85x136.jpg The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded in the 17th century as a ‘Physic Garden’, growing medicinal plants. It now extends to four sites, including a spectacular location in Edinburgh high above the city which features this world-famous rock garden, here shimmering in the early summer sun.

Edinburgh Botanical Rock Gardens, Waterfall & Lily Pond, late May 480x500.jpg

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Read more about the 'Edinburgh Botanics' at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh