Concert for Friendship a mesmerising musical extravaganza was organised by the KM Music Conservatory in collaboration with British Council India to celebrate the ability of music in cultivating friendship in the presence of A R Rahman (Brand Ambassador India/UK Together, Founder/Principal KM Music Conservatory, Founding Director, the AR Rahman Foundation),Thiru Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi (Hon’ble Minister of School Education of Tamil Nadu), Janaka Pushpanathan (Director South India, British Council) and Dr Adam J. Greig (Artistic Director KM Music Conservatory) at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Chennai.
The Concert featured popular works by Puccini, Verdi, Grieg, and Beethoven, there were also Scottish melodies, Naga and Tamil folk songs, and Carnatic melodies, all performed by the orchestra and choir. The concert also featured soprano Divya Iyer and the world premiere of Concierto Malabar, composed, and performed by guitarist Matt Bacon. The show was sold out and houseful, leaving excited visitors scrambling for tickets.
A R Rahman, Brand Ambassador India/UK Together, Founder/Principal KM Music Conservatory, Founding Director, the AR Rahman Foundation, said “As an artist, it is my absolute pleasure to support such an important cultural landmark, enabling creative excellence, shining the spotlight on diverse artists, and bringing diverse audiences together to appreciate the arts and culture”.
Speaking about the ‘Concert for Friendship’ Event, Dr Adam J. Greig, Artistic Director KM Music Conservatory, said “Bringing young people together to make music is a transformative experience, especially when this happens across country and culture boundaries. We are excited to be able to host our guests from Scotland and Nagaland here in Chennai and look forward to creating an exciting concert together, building new friendships and celebrating the India/UK Together season”.