The Shillong Chamber Choir is all set to show you why they rock
Paul McCartney once said the most ideal music is choral music. Neil Nongkynrih, founder of the Shillong Chamber Choir, couldn’t agree more. “Unlike a band, a choir can have anywhere from eight to 100 singers—giving a richness to the performance,” says the Trinity College-trained pianist-composer who is bringing his choir to the city tomorrow.
Started in 2001, the choir was an attempt to give young people something fun to do in the strife-torn North-East. “Amidst curfews and the sounds of guns, I wanted them to have a life,” recalls the 44-year-old. Though they started small, their popularity slowly grew—leading to performances at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Winning the 2010 edition of India’s Got Talent, however, was a turning point. “Now we are a professional choir—more groomed and experienced,” admits Nongkynrih.
In city limits
The 12-singer choir’s strength is in reinventing existing melodies—from old Bollywood pieces to Western classics. But that’s not to say they don’t do original compositions. “In Chennai, besides rearranged pieces and a couple of Tamil songs by Ilayaraja, we’ll also do a Khasi folk opera and a fusion piece between tabla, piano and the choir,” he says. With performances lined up in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata next, they are also planning a bigger version of their concert in January. “It will be like a Yanni show, with 40 musicians and the choir,” he signs off.
Tomorrow, at Music Academy, From `200. Details: in.bookmyshow.com