Come May and music lovers in the city will get a chance to listen live to the melody of a choir from Denmark. On May 10, Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir (CRCC) from Denmark is set to perform for the first time in India, at Siri Fort Auditorium.
The group is looking forward to playing for Indian music aficionados. Their chief conductor Ebbe Munk, 60, says that he had always wanted to perform in India. “It’s been almost 20 years since I became their mentor and the only place that we were missing out on was India. We have performed all across the globe including the royal family of Denmark, when the prince was blessed with twins. So the heritage goes back a long way. I wanted to make sure that before I retire I present our words and instruments for this culturally rich country,” says Munk. Since its inception in 1924, CRCC has performed all across the globe and even played at the wedding of the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary in 2004. They are considered at par with the famous Vienna Boys Choir and Kings College, Cambridge.
The choir also won first prize at Concours Internationale de Chant Chorale — a worl-famous classical singing competition, in 1990. So, how different is the choir from any other form of classical music? Munk explains, “Choir is high on literature and close to human emotions. It cherishes human relations of every form.” He also points out that, as most of the members in the group are as young as 13-14, the lyrics to the songs are chosen carefully. “They are not completely religiously inspired but yes connected to it. When we use the words — death, hatred and love — in front of lads as young as 9 or 10, we make sure that they are ready to take in a certain amount of it and there is not an overflow of things that can hamper them emotionally.” Ebbe signs off with few lines from a song of his troupe. “Often I am happy and still I weep, often I am sorry-ful and still I smile, that nobody shall see a fearful tear.”
What: Performance by Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir
When: May 10, 7.30 pm
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium, Asiad Village Complex, August Kranti Marg
For invites contact: 9990951475
Nearest Metro station: Green Park on the Yellow line