The World Music Conference was established in 2017, with the intention of creating long-lasting ties between the numerous cultures coexisting within our society today. Since then, we have successfully hosted 5 conferences showcasing a unique array of world musicians and expert speakers to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Each year, the speakers cover a wide range of topics, which means there's always something for everyone to discover and enjoy.
The World Music Conference (WMC) organised by the British Carnatic Choir is the flagship event in the Midlands. It aims to bring together youth, artists, musicians, professionals of all age groups, faith, race and cultural backgrounds, in an attempt to share good values, practices, knowledge, common values and to promote peace, harmony and unity.
We have more similarities than differences, but our race and pace in life has created wider gaps. This world-class event aims to bridge these gaps by bringing together people from all walks of life, that includes dignitaries, academicians, students and music enthusiasts from all over the world.
The World Music Conference is organised by the British Carnatic Choir (BCC), the U.K.'s first and only Carnatic Choir. The BCC is governed by a board of patrons and trustees who hail from a variety of professional backgrounds and oversee the organisation.
Each year, our team works hard to ensure that our conference is a friendly, welcoming space in which leading researchers, musicians, and the general public can meet to share, inspire, and network.
Over the years since its inception, the BCC has carefully curated and developed its Carnatic Choral repertoire and delivered several performances across the UK. We benefit from the support of eminent Carnatic musicians from across the globe, such as our patron, Guru Neyveli Santhanagopalan. We work closely with academics responsible for music syllabuses at prominent universities, such as our patron, Dr. Tom Williams of Coventry university. We are especially proud of our longstanding relationship with the Birmingham City University and Conservatoire. All the while, our focus has been on encouraging and developing the next generation of musical talent.
The members of the Choir come from different religions, languages and cultural backgrounds and share the passion for singing and performing together.
Our primary event was an annual Symposium of Music. The symposium in 2015 and 2016 was well attended by several universities in the Midlands and by professional bodies. For more information about our activities and events, please visit www.britishcarnaticchoir.com.
Dr Ramakrishnan is an advocate of mental health through music. She is the Founder and Curator of the World Music Conference.
Chithra started her company ShruthiUK in 2005, with the aim of making Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music and dance more accessible in the UK. She is recognised for her exceptional care and unique holistic methods whilst engaging with people of all ages and abilities; her work serves to boost their confidence and to improve their mental and social wellbeing.