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Inaugural Mumbai tour for Trinity Laban choir

Fri 16 Mar 2018

In April 2018 the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir will be undertaking its first visit to India, where it will perform with the country’s first and only professional symphony orchestra.

The choir is working in collaboration with India’s premier cultural institution, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai.

On Thursday 19th April 2018 the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir will perform much-loved choral works, including Handel’s Dixit Dominus, with the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) Chamber Orchestra.

Led by Resident Conductor Piotr Borkowski, they will play to a potential audience of over 1,000 people in the Tata Theatre of the NCPA.

The choir will also embark on outreach work in Mumbai in an initiative that brings the transformative power of music to some of India’s poorest and most marginalised children.

The choir’s tour to India has been enabled by a lead gift from The Rumi Foundation, a UK charity that serves as the channel for the Verjee family’s ongoing philanthropic work.

The £46,000 needed to fund the choir’s tour has been raised through contributions and fundraising activities including proceeds from the choir’s new CD, Roderick Williams: Sacred Choral Works. The CD is available to purchase online at prestoclassical.co.uk and on iTunes, and is also available to listen to on Spotify.

In February this year the choir performed Dixit Dominus in a fundraising concert at the beautiful St Peter and St Paul chapel of the Old Royal Naval College.

The ORNC Trinity Laban Chapel Choir is one of Trinity Laban’s flagship ensembles, performing weekly services and celebratory concerts at the magnificent Old Royal Naval College under the direction of celebrated choral conductor Ralph Allwood MBE. The ensemble is formed of fifteen choral scholars and thirteen volunteers, all but two of whom are students of Trinity Laban. It is unique in being the only collegiate chapel choir in the world to be attached to a specialist conservatoire. 


 

Through the choir's visit, Trinity Laban aims to establish further partnerships with India while celebrating its historic links with the country.

GREAT Scholarships were launched by the British Council in 2016 to allow talented postgraduate music students from India to attain the very highest levels of training regardless of income and personal circumstance, while strengthening cultural links between India and the UK. Trinity Laban currently hosts three Indian GREAT scholars: Sandeep Gurrapadi (voice, tenor), Nourheville Khate (violin) and Jasiel Peter (double bass).

Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music has over 125 years of history with India, and currently offers specialist summer academies for music teachers in Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.