India/UK Together, a Season of Culture, reaches a high note with the Concert for Friendship

  • Concert for Friendship is organised by the KM Music Conservatory in collaboration with British Council to celebrate the ability of music in cultivating friendship.
  • Concert for Friendship is a part of the ongoing India/UK Together, a Season of Culture, British Council’s landmark program to mark India’s75th anniversary.
  • 100 young musicians, between the ages of 8-20, brought together by The AR Rahman Foundation’s Sunshine Orchestra, Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise and KM Music Conservatory.
  • Featuring popular works by Puccini, Verdi, Grieg, and Beethoven, there will also be Scottish melodies, Naga and Tamil folk songs, and Carnatic melodies, all performed by the orchestra and choir
  • The concert will also feature soprano Divya Iyer and the world premiere of Malabar, composed, and performed by guitarist Matt Bacon.

Concert details-

Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, 7, Shenstone Park, # 13, 1, Harrington Rd, Chetpet, Chennai

Saturday, 4 March, 2023, 7.30 pm.

Tickets at Rs. 499, Rs. 350 and Rs. 250.

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The highly anticipated Concert for Friendship is set to mark the crescendo of the year-long India/UK Together – a Season of Culture. This mesmerising musical extravaganza will bring together renowned artists from India and Scotland for an unforgettable evening of music and culture. Organised by the KM Music Conservatory in collaboration with British Council, the Concert for Friendship is a celebration of the shared cultural heritage between India and the UK. The concert will take place on Saturday, 4 March and promises to be an unforgettable experience for music lovers.

The aim of the collaboration is to explore musical ideas and provide an opportunity for the exchange of cultures.

AR Rahman Foundation’s Sunshine Orchestra, Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise, and KM Music Conservatory

have been working remotely to listen to and learn each other’s music in advance of the India visit. The groups will be working together in person a week before the actual performance. The concert that brings together young and emerging artists from India and the UK, not only aims to celebrate the rich musical traditions of both countries but also opens opportunities on global platforms for these talented students who mostly have limited access to resources. Bringing together students, especially at a young age, can be a life-changing experience that leaves an indelible mark on them and promotes deeper learning. This programme has been carefully curated, keeping in mind the sensibilities and life experiences of these young artists.

During the upcoming residency week in India, a wider outreach programme will take place alongside the main concert, involving young musicians and their teachers, holding workshops for schools in Chennai, in association with Rhapsody Music Education. In addition to the workshops, there will be a special open-access performance presented before the main concert, allowing those who would otherwise not have access to experience the music and appreciate the skills of the young musicians. The initiative aims to promote the positive benefits of music education and its transformative abilities to a wide audience and encourage more young people.

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”.

For Concert for Friendship media information, please contact:
Surangama Roy | Communications Manager | KM Music Conservatory | | +91 8122987826

For India/UK Together, a season of culture media information, please contact:

Shonali Ganguli | Senior Communications Manager India | British Council| | +91 983 656 9944

Atreyi Goswami | | +91 971 708 3535



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