British Carnatic Choir

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British Carnatic Choir
Choir
British Carnatic Choir Logo
Logo of the British Carnatic Choir
Founded12 June 2015 (2015-06-12)
FounderShruthiUK
GenreCarnatic
Websitewww.britishcarnaticchoir.com

The British Carnatic Choir (BCC) is a UK-based Carnatic choir group, the first of its kind in the country.[1][2]

It was launched in 2015 by ShruthiUK, a South Asian arts organisation based in Solihull[3][4] with the aim of creating and exploring choral singing in the South Indian classical music genre.[4][5] According to its website, the ensemble includes children, young adults, music enthusiasts, professionals of both asian and non-asian origin from across the UK.[6]

About the Choir[edit]

The choir is the brainchild of UK-based Chithra Ramakrishnan, herself a prominent Carnatic vocalist and the artistic Director of ShruthiUK, a Solihull-based non-profit South Asian arts and culture organisation.[5][7][8] Its website lists notable British names like Paul Sabapathy (CVO CBE), Carl Rice (Councillor and ex-Mayor of Birmingham) and Indian ones like Neyveli Santhanagopalan and G. J. R. Krishnan (both Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winning Carnatic vocalists), etc. among its patrons.

Performances[edit]

It was officially inaugurated on 12 June 2015 at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce by Chitravina N Ravikiran, a composer and scholar in Carnatic music.[4][9] The choir premiered at the Birmingham Conservatoire in November 2015.[3]

In November 2015 the youth ensemble of this choir performed its inaugural concert with around 120 students from the Sparkhill's Greet Primary School at South & City College Birmingham auditorium by presenting a series of Sanskrit songs.[1]

British Carnatic Choir at its premiere concert at the Birmingham Conservatoire in November 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Phoenix Newspaper - November 2015". issuu. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  2. ^ "Shruthi UK launches the first British Carnatic Choir - New Asian Post". www.newasianpost.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  3. ^ a b "Birmingham Conservatoire : British Carnatic Choir Grand Première". www.bcu.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  4. ^ a b c "SHRUTHI UK officially launches the British Carnatic Choir". www.britishsouthindians.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  5. ^ a b ABPL. "Launch of British Carnatic Choir..." www.asian-voice.com. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  6. ^ "Tributes paid to MP Jo Cox at anniversary event". ITV News. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  7. ^ "Shruthi Launches Carnatic Choir | Leading Asian News in the UK". asianlite.com. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  8. ^ ABPL. "HM Royal Navy supports Carnatic Choir concert". www.asian-voice.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  9. ^ "New Youth Choir aims to reinforce British values in UK schools". Asian World News. Retrieved 2017-06-27.

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