September 26, 2012 - Peace Mix
Peace and music can eventuate in many different forms. For 15 year old GCSE student Yasmin it was expressed through a fusion/orchestral track which voiced a struggle between two worlds of culture that as a mixed race student in the UK she felt a sensitivity toward.
Yasmin’s music teacher Ian said that the piece “showed two cultures in contrast – it combined Eastern and Western influences, and ended with a heartbeat that gave the work an almost mystic awe”. Yasmin was a true peacemaker – the music she created for her GCSE piece expressed her understanding of the difficulties that many young people face when trying to come to terms with two different cultures. She also used this understanding to help a fellow student who had suffered tragic family circumstances before moving to the UK and was struggling with depression. Yasmin invited him to join the cast of the school musical and sat with him in class, and through caring and consideration helped bring him more peace than he had ever felt before.
You can listen to Yasmin’s beautiful composition below.
For us this is what Peace Mix is all about – sharing and creating peace through the use of music (and a little understanding) in any way, shape or form.
Yasmin was passionate about helping others. Sadly, as a result of a rare disease that was contracted after her GCSEs, Yasmin passed away recently – our thoughts are with her family and friends. Her family asked that we share Yasmin’s story as a real life example of someone who through her music and empathy helped another young person.