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SONGS OF PEACE All-night chanting vigil marks Blitz anniversary.
20/10/10By Mary Griffin
An all night chanting ceremony is being planned to mark the 70th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz. The unusual event, which is designed to "saturate the city centre with sound", will consist of chanting mantras continuously for 11 hours between 7pm and 6am, and ending with an hour of silence. Devised by sound and vibration enterprise Performance Frequency, the night called Sounding Cov will include the repetition of four Sanskrit mantras - words or sounds that are considered to have spiritual power. Organiser Sara McCarthy said: "The mantras will go on for the same amount of time as Coventry was bombed. "The idea is that we'll offer a different sound to help Coventry move forward. "The Blitz has been such a trauma for the city but it's good to encourage people to get beyond that." The all-nighter will be like an 11- hour jamming session, with different musicians joining the throng. Backed by instruments including Sara's harmonium, each mantra will have a different musical flavour - Irish, Indian, Afro-Caribbean and Eastern European. Each one will last for 15 minutes, so every hour all four mantras will be sounded and the process will keep repeating until 6am. Sara, who first discovered the unusual practice of chanting when she was living in Ireland, hopes the sounds will have a cleansing and healing effect on the city. She said: "When I was in Ireland, somebody told me about a nice building so I went along and there was a Buddhist chanting group there. "I really liked the effect of it. It was very relaxing and calming." Sara is inviting singers, dancers and musicians to rehearsals and hopes to hold the final event in Draper's Hall next to the old cathedral. To get involved contact her on 07876 298 613 or email info@performancefrequency.