In 2017, internationally acclaimed, award-winning singer-songwriter Tally Koren, finally saw the launch of her long-dreamed of annual National Schools Poetry Competition, created to encourage children to express their emotions and thoughts about peace through poetry. The winner of the competition was then 13-year old student Jessica Clay from Shenley Brook School in Milton Keynes.

“When I read the words ‘Peace could be where a dark hand touches a light hand’ I thought that in one single line, a child’s imagination had captured a world conflict in the most profound way” – Tally Koren

So moved was Tally, that she wrote the song ‘Dark Hand – Light Hand’ based on the winning poem, which she has recorded and is now being released to coincide with International Peace Day on 21st September. Further, she will be performing the song, backed by a full gospel choir, at the MK Dons Stadium ahead of their football league match on that very day.

The stadium performance will form part of her 2019 Vision of Hope UK tour which will find Tally performing all over the country in her initiative to transcend cultures, faiths and backgrounds through music. Her message is true and simple – we all speak the same language through music.

The 21st September will also be the opening day of the 3rd annual National Schools Poetry Competition, which has gone from strength to strength since it’s inception, and now boasts The Archbishop of York and Peace Day One founder Jeremy Gilley as it’s patrons. The wining children are honoured by prize giving at The House of Lords who are great supporters of the project. Amongst the judges of the competition are also some very well-known names such as Katie Mellua, Don Black, Pete Brown and the Chairman of the Blake Society, Tim Heath.

Tally Koren is the Fringe Award winner for best Singer Songwriter and was playlisted on BBC Radio 2. Tally has regularly performed at many top venues with recent highlights including the Royal Albert Hall, the Forum, Belgrade Theatre, the William Blake Celebration at Tate
Britain and in front of the late former president Shimon Peres.

With a mixed background, half Syrian and half Polish, Tally believes her voice is there to be heard and is extremely passionate about using her music as a melodic tool to bridge the gap between different cultures.

In the past, Tally has hosted a concert "Music for Peace in the Middle East", where Palestinians and Israelis performed on one stage and she received a prestigious award as an ‘Ambassador for Peace’.

A well-travelled, multi-lingual artist with an insatiable appetite cultures and art. Tally’s velvety voice caught the attention James Bond directors, placing her as an Israeli agent in the film ‘Quantum of Solace’.

Vision of Hope 2019 UK Tour
Sep 12 Thu – St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge Sep 20 Fri - Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, Bucks
Sep 21st Sat – MK Dons Football Stadium, Milton Keynes, Bucks Sep 22 Sun - St Peter's House Chaplaincy, Manchester
Sep 26 Thu – Brunel Manor, Torquay, Devon
Oct 10 Thu – The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry
Oct 12 Sat - Hope Festival, The Welcome Centre, Coventry Oct 18 Fri – De Vere Orchard Hotel, Nottingham
Oct 27 Sun – The Stag, Sevenoaks, Kent
Nov 3 Sun – Nottingham Liberal Synagogue, Nottingham Nov 4 Mon – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield
Nov 12 Tue – Asian Community Centre, Oxford
Nov 17 Sun – Enfield Town Hall, London
Nov 20 Wed - Exeter Corn Exchange, Devon
Nov 24 Sun – St Nicholas of Torentino, Bristol
Nov 30 Sat – St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London
Dec 15 Sun - Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue, Sussex