The international star, Sri Lanka-born Nimal Mendis recently
released a CD in aid of Davenant International – the new UK student forum of
Davenant Foundation School in Loughton, Essex.
Mendis launched the CD in front of hundreds who were gathered to hear him at
Davenant Foundation School. The school is one of the United Kingdom’s leading
educational institutions – in the Top 100 schools. The students have launched a
unique forum on global issues – to examine the vital issues of today.The international star met with parents, business leaders, students and the
media who attended the glittering launch in Loughton, Essex. Also present was
British Parliamentarian, Lee Scott MP who was the keynote speaker. Scott said he
was delighted to meet with Mr.Mendis.
Nimal Mendis has been referred to as ‘one of Sri Lanka’s greatest
singer/songwriters’ – he recently played his hits in front of thousands of fans
at two concerts in Colombo. Nimal Mendis recorded 22 songs on the Decca Label in
London in the height of the 1960s. He also appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Top of the
Pops’ singing his hit ‘Feel Like A Clown’ with Sandra Edema. His songs have been
aired over BBC Radio and Radio Luxembourg. He is a film maker of repute and his
documentaries have been televised on BBC Television and Channel 4.
On a Decca folk album of Nimal Mendis, Record producer Ray Horricks says “His
work combines an awareness of western melody and harmony with great originality
in his story ideas, while there is a very exotic eastern flavour about his
choice of words. Also he features several unusual rhythmic feelings…”
Mendis was so impressed by the commitment and dedication of the British students
of Davenant School that he decided to release a CD to help the school’s fund
Davenant Foundation School raised £4,000 for the Asian tsunami disaster. The
school plans to hold a unique conference on Civil Conflict and Conflict
resolution in 2006 and a Davenant delegation will leave for New York in 2007 to
attend a United Nations Conference. Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, British Opposition Leader Michael Howard, and Nelson Mandela were
among those who wished Davenant students every success.
The Nimal Mendis CD contains his hits: Light Floods In, Master Hand, Master Sir,
Meditate, Feel Like A Clown (his hit on BBC TV’s Top of the Pops), Look into
Yourself, Second Chance, It’s What I am and Tsunami – the song he composed to
remember the victims of the Asian tsunami disaster of December 2004.
The CD is available – priced £12 to include postage & packing – those interested
in purchasing the Nimal Mendis CD should send an international money order in
GBP sterling- addressed to ‘Davenant International.’ All orders with full
details of a return address/telephone number/e-mail for the CD should be sent
The RE Department,
Davenant Foundation School,
Essex IG10 2LD