UK July 2010
With their colourful costumes and infectious singing and dancing, Upendo have a huge following in Tanzania, and in their tour to the UK got everyone singing and dancing, from workshops in schools and hospitals to services and concerts alone and jointly with Ishirini.
April 1st to 11th 2011
Kolkata and Kalimpong
Workshops and concerts in Union Chapel, Mathieson Music School, St. Paul's Cathedral, Indo-Tibetan Cultural Institute, Dr. Graham's Homes. Repertoire inspired by the Bengali Nobel laureate and polymath Rabindranath Tagore
Ishirini is an innovative young choir, fast becoming renowned for its international collaborations and thoughtful programming. In tours to India and Tanzania, as well as in concerts in the UK, Europe and Jordan, Ishirini has been highly acclaimed for the quality of its singing and the variety of its repertoire. We'd be delighted to hear from you if you have an event you would like us to take part in: please contact us.
Ishirini, Swahili for twenty, is a chamber choir which explores and celebrates choral traditions from around the world. Rooted in the Cambridge choral tradition, Ishirini has developed a range of innovative and collaborative projects. In each of our performances our musical director, Jeremy Rouse has carefully researched thematic programmes which explore various aspects of place and tradition.
In our tours to Tanzania and India, as well as a reciprocal tour of the UK from Tanzanian national stars Upendo, we conducted workshops with local schools and collaborated with local musicians to perform new compositions exploring the fusion of our respective traditions. In Poland we held joint concerts with our partner choir, Stryzowski Chor, and in Jordan we joined the festival Aswatuna: Arab Sing, where choirs from Jordan, Syria and the UAE performed together in beautiful locations across the country.