IT was in the summer of 2015 that composer, artist and writer Dario Poli was contacted by Florence Olara of the Hague Justice Portal asking whether he would be interested in producing a new musical composition in honour of the Peace Justice and Security Foundation.
She informed him that the Foundation planned a number of events and activities to create and promote awareness of peace, justice and security across all age groups and communities. After hearing what she wanted to achieve he accepted the challenge.
Florence asked if the new song could be ready to be presented publicly at one of the Foundation events and wrote: “I invite you to write an original song which captures the essence of The Hague as a city of peace, justice and security and for the need for peace justice and security to be applied uniformly and globally for all.”
Dario was invited to attend the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN, held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, where he was introduced to officials and personalities and listened to numerous speeches.
He decided that for this special gala event he would bring in the best professionals he could to help create the new song. He firstly wrote the music and experimented with text.
For the lyrics he invited the talented Scottish musician David Mairs, co–author with Dario, of ‘Amsterdam the Musical.’ He penned a lyric to match the music that eloquently evokes the spirit of the song and the inspiration of the Foundation entitled ‘Ever Changing World.’
At this point it was decided that the new song for the Foundation would require a different level of musical expression, with vocals in English and recording standards that would be better achieved in the UK.
He therefore contacted long-time friend and renowned British musical director David Redston. Their association goes back to the 1970s, when David worked with Dario as his musical director, conductor and arranger.
Their careers took them in different directions for many years, until they reunited to collaborate on ‘Diana – the Musical’ in the 1990s. David Redston has had a long and illustrious career in music, working non-stop as a composer, arranger, and conductor with major projects.
When approached by Dario to work on the Justice Peace and Security Foundation project, David willingly accepted. When ‘Ever Changing World’ was written, David was a natural choice as his vast experience and theatrical flair enabled him to combine many different influences into one dramatic song.
David said: “When I first heard the song, I knew I wanted to work on the project. It is such an inspiring and uplifting piece of music, that we feel truly reflects the values and aspirations of the Gala.”
On learning that the Foundation was also looking for an original painting, Dario contacted two of the most creative talents in Andalucía, Mugge Fischer from Denmark and Ose del Sol, a Spanish painter from Marbella who are joint owners of Grupo Artenovum, a highly regarded design company.
Mugge contacted Florence and an agreement was reached for the two artists to produce the painting and create a CD cover for the song ‘Ever Changing World.’
They wrote. “For many years we have worked closely together with Dario Poli on projects, and most recently ‘Amsterdam the Musical.’ The world is ever changing and moving, and so are we. And we are so pleased to have been asked to be a part of yet another project together with Dario.”
Dario Poli, David Mairs, David and Joe Redston, Mugge Fischer, Ose del Sol are now looking forward to arriving in the beautiful city of The Hague and presenting their creative efforts to a very special audience that Florence Olara and her dedicated team have gathered for the inaugural gala.
It will take place on September 5 to help promote the Peace Justice and Security Foundation’s ambitions and make this world a better place.