Birmingham’s musical cultures celebrate the Olympic Values of Excellence, Respect, Friendship.
EQUINOX: Cultures in Harmony
In 2012, a new work, composed for choral and percussion performers from 12 culturally diverse choirs and ensembles, was premiered at Symphony Hall.
In 2010 I was contacted by Martin Willis, a member of the City of Birmingham Choir. Inspired by London 2012 part of the Cultural Olympiad, he had an idea to put on a concert that celebrated the diverse musical cultural traditions in Birmingham.
Thus began a two year long process that brought together established choral groups – City of Birmingham Choir, Black Voices, Town Hall Gospel Choir, World Music Youth Choir, SHAAM, Echo Doliny Polish Folk Choir and Bournville Young Singers, with specially formed Indian and Chinese choirs – Sanchita Pal Ensemble and Chinese Community Centre Birmingham’s Wan Cheuk Choir. In addition there were three percussion groups, Fieshah Amlak Drummers and the Birmingham Schools’ Percussion Ensemble and Azaad Dhol Group.