They may be amateurs, but they don’t sound it. Come Christmas season, music lovers in Delhi get to hear the Capital City Minstrels or the CCM as they are better known sing in harmony. This choral group is a band of people of different ages, from different parts of India and the world, who lend their voices to the sounds of the festive season. A non-profit organization, their motto is to spread the joy of choir music.
This year, the choir concert titled In Concert of Peace at Christmas sees a selection of Christmas carols as well as Haydn’s well known Nelson Mass.
This is the first time that the piece will be performed in New Delhi. Composed over 200 years ago, this mass is a glorious tradition of strong voices and choral work. According to choir member Usha Srivastava, the group has been practising for over 6 months for this concert. “Since we were trying something new and difficult it’s been quite a challenge for all of us. Haydn’s piece is hard, but we have to give all the credit to our conductor Gabriela Boda Rechner for inspiring us.”
Music conductor Gabriela is also leading the group into singing native American melodies and African rhythms, and the Twelve Songs of Christmas — a medley of well known Christmas carols.
They will be performing at the Hungarian Centre on December 10, at the Nehru Memorial Auditorium on December 12 and at Epicentre Gurgaon on December 15.
The choir comprises of people from all walks of life — university students and professionals such as doctors, lawyers, architects, teachers, corporate executives and embassy personnel, of all ages and nationalities, from all the five continents. There are French, German, South American, African, Chinese, Korean, Australian and Indian singers, united by their shared love of music.
CCM’s repertoire spans a wide range; from the earliest choral music to the entire spectrum of western classical music, and opera to ballads, folk songs, Broadway musicals, rock, pop, jazz as well as Indian music arranged for choir performance.