Dear community

It is with deep regret that Professor André de Quadros (artistic director) and I, together with the members of our Advisory Board and the working committee, inform you that the Inaugural Launch of the World Muslim Choral Ensemble, due to take place in Sri Lanka from 1 to 7 July 2020 has been postponed. We made our decision after weighing the risks to our artists and the larger community. Although we are devastated to have reached this decision, we feel the need for extreme caution. Indeed, travel bans and quarantines are already having a major impact worldwide. While we acknowledge that the crisis may lessen before July, we acknowledge that we are not in a position to predict, and therefore feel that we should not decide now, but instead give it as few more weeks, even a few months and then we will engage in finalizing a new date once the COVI-19 spread has been stabilized globally. In the meantime, the World Muslim Choral Ensemble will adopt a digital presence to continue a commitment to advancing the cause of dialogue and peacebuilding through Islamic music.

BACKGROUND

The World Muslim Choral Ensemble (WMCE), evolved from the Muslim Choral Ensemble (MCE) Sri Lanka as the first ensemble of its type in South Asia and the world. WMCE’s repertoire will consist of Islamic spiritual and devotional songs including Sufi songs. The songs and recitations will be performed in multiple languages including Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, and English.

WMCE is founded under the guidance of Ms Haadia Galely, a long established and renowned music promoter in Sri Lanka, and Artistic Director, Dr André de Quadros, Professor of Music, Boston University.

GATHERING THE WORLD

THE MISSION OF WORLD MUSLIM CHORAL ENSEMBLE:

The WORLD MUSLIM CHORAL ENSEMBLE will be hosted by the “MCE - Peace Ambassadors” from Sri Lanka, which has been in existence since 2017, as the first of its kind in the world. Since the launch, the ensemble has received critical acclaim in Sri Lanka and abroad at the Yale International Choral Festival (2018, USA), and at the London International Music Festival (2019, UK).

GLOBAL CALL OUT

Personnel:

WMCE is open to all singers from the age of 18 and above. Muslims and non-Muslims from all countries and communities are invited to apply. The inclusion of non-Muslims is central to WMCE’s mission.

Criteria for inclusion:

Choir singers of all ages, nationalities and faiths – as long as you have an interest in humanity, and in utilizing music as a springboard for a meaningful discussion about social change.

Sign up (Applications close on 1st of April):

Thank you!

Repertoire and Process:

The exciting and varied repertoire will be mostly performed with the accompaniment of wind instruments and percussion. The final repertoire will be announced in April 2020. Participants will be expected to prepare the repertoire individually prior to the residency.