In September, 200 Songbound children performed in our end of syllabus performance in Dadar. The theme for this term was ‘Celebration’ and we were extremely lucky to have Phoebe Rees with us in Mumbai for the whole week prior to the show, inspiring our kids and putting together all the wonderful work of the choirs’ brilliant choir leaders. Phoebe is a fiddle player from Scotland and she mesmerised the kids with her beautiful playing and singing of some well travelled Scottish folk tunes!
We would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts Neeta Helms and her team at Classical Movements (USA) for supporting us via her newly formed India Choral Fellowship. We were proud and extremely grateful to host the first ICF fellow Kevin Fox who spent two weeks visiting rehearsals, running training sessions and supporting our team with tirelessly whilst in town. Thank you Neeta and thank you Kevin!
HUGE thanks to the amazing Lucy Griffiths for leading such a fantastic week of workshops and training with all of our choirs and leaders, culminating in a huge ‘singing in the rain’ concert!
We also had to say a fond farewell at the concert to two of our choir leaders who are heading to the UK and Canada to do further music training – we are very proud of Tamara and Shreyans and we can’t wait to see you back with Songbound soon!
Thank you also to Lucy Page, Simon Ponsford and Ashlee Clapp for their generous participation in the workshops and concert, and we hope to see you again soon too!
Great Song Cycle – Jo Wallfisch, August 2016
Inspired by her work with our children a year earlier, Jo decided to tour the West coast of
India in aid of Songbound. Tour bus? Nah, bike!
British Tenor Andy Staples from Opera for Change is visiting several Songbound choirs in Mumbai this week with conductor Daniel Harding and players from the London Symphony Orchestra. Andy, always keen to tell and explore new stories in us all, will take our kids and LSO players on an exciting voyage of discovery, through music, both familiar and totally new.