Message of support from Oscar winning Indian Musician, Composer and Educator
Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of West Midlands
Her Majesty's Former Lord Lieutenant of West Midlands,Patron, British Carnatic Choir
Ambassador of India to Romania
Chairman, Coventry City of Culture, Chair, CBSO Birmingham
Mayor of the West Midlands
British Solo Cellist, Composer and Conductor, Former Principal, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Consul General of India in Birmingham
"Music is a powerful language that connects us all; irrespective of where we come from.I am delighted to hear about the world music conference, an ideal opportunity, I feel, to applaud the talents in our diverse communities, but also a chance to remember the departed iconic music legends, whose legendary contributions shall forever remain in our memory."
"It is events such as these that promote peace, harmony, social cohesion, as well as provide an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to enjoy each other cultures and way of life. I send my best wishes for the inaugural World Music Conference ."
“I send my best wishes to the organisers of the third World Music Conference. t
is events like this that bring us together irrespective of our differences and
which provide a platform for us to celebrate the sheer diversity, in terms of
world music, that plays an important role in our daily life."
“The festival is unique in its aim of bringing together artists, academics and
music educators from across Africa, Europe, the USA and India.”
“As the Patron of the British Carnatic Choir, I would like to congratulate and
convey my best wishes to the conference organisers and conference partners
for organising this event amidst very difficult times. The conference theme
focuses on music and yoga for positive mental health and wellbeing, which is
particularly important during such challenging times.”
““Even during this most challenging of years - time has flown by and
here we are again, celebrating the World Music Conference. As always, the
event is a wonderful demonstration of the power of music to bring us
together, calm our souls and leave us with a collective spring in our step. My
very best wishes for your great endeavours.”
"It’s great to see that one of the main aims of the inaugural World Music Conference is Education and British Values. We are hugely proud of the British Education system which is recognised for its high quality all over the world. Music and Education are a great combination which
provides an ideal platform for a learning experience which can not only benefit individuals, but communities too."
"The government’s vision is to enable children from all backgrounds and every part of England to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; to make music with others; to learn to sing and to have the opportunity to progress. I am sure the Carnatic Choir will be making a welcome contribution to children’s enjoyment of music in your area."
"Equality of Opportunity is at the heart of everything we do at Greet Primary School. We are delighted to have been offered the chance to participate in the British Carnatic Youth Choir, an exciting and inclusive experience for us all.
Pupils from an “Outstanding” Birmingham school are to participate in a pioneering East meets West-style children’s choir, the first of its kind, ever, as part of a drive to reinforce British Values."
"Well done to all those behind the success of the British Carnatic Choir on the first milestone. May this concept continue to flourish and enrich further the understanding and awareness of our multicultural, diverse society. It is through such kinds of music that we can promote unity, peace and togetherness.”
"Having attended the premiere of the British Carnatic Choir in November 2015 I was very impressed by their energy and enthusiasm. The Choir aim to create and explore choral singing in Carnatic, a form of South Indian music .Dr.Chithra Ramakrishnan should be congratulated in bringing this choir together and to perform at such a high standard."
"As First Citizen of a multicultural, multi-racial city, it gives me enormous pleasure to attend this launch, as one of my first events as Lord Mayor. I congratulate Dr Ramakrishnan on her concept and I hope it is embraced by as many people as possible as by doing so I feel it will bring together people and communities and make our city even greater and richer for its ever-growing diversity.”
"It was a great honor of be part of the first WMC. It has been an opportunity to realize how much musicians have to share, how many singularities and differences we may explore to make music an even more universal media. The lectures and concerts were a display of mastery, diversity, and openness. All of the event showed these aspects and the mutual respectful each other's culture. I really broadened my scope about new possibilities for sharing music. On the minus side we had to deal with Suresh's absence and a relatively small audience, which I am sure will not be issues in the future edition. I wish you all the best."
"I learned a lot last year at the conferences. About other cultures, musical traditions, oral transmission and the different links between music and sacred art. It was for me a fantastic opportunity to meet people from other countries, cultures, each respectable, I could feel a strong and deep respect between people. These conferences are more and more needed to maintain harmony and peace on this planet. It's a real and concrete tool for cultural diplomacy. Thank you so much for this initiative!"
"I really enjoyed it, and got to know many different views from all eminent artists for same subject. And how everyone is handling it. I am honoured to be part of this conference.
Wish to work more together. Hope to see you soon."
"First of all let me start by saying that we truly enjoyed our day - both children and teachers had a great time exploring the musical traditions from around the world.
After speaking to the children the concluded that their favourite sessions were the African Drumming session and the Dhol session with King G.
The African Drumming session was an example of a session which had music making in its very core and this is something that the children in Mere Green are used to as part of our curriculum so it was very familiar to them. Also the effectiveness and the level was challenging yet achievable so they felt the excitement of the shared music making while being challenged and engaged.
The Indian Dhol session with King G was funny and enjoyable. The man is a story teller. We didn't have enough time performing because he was left with the impression that the each session last an hour but it was lovely to see the children playing the Dhol Drums. They learned a lot about the story behind the instrument too. They had fun.
The conference was well organised. Thank you for your hard work in getting all the information to us in advance. It was seamless.
Mere Green is a place where children and adults are open to new experiences and we love exploring the never ending realms of music. The children are keen learners and they want to do more and learn more about life. This conference was an excellent experience for all of us."
"The quality and range [of performances] were very good and offered a lot of fascinating perspectives about the power of music to affect people's lives and its potential to help young people."