It’s often during Christmas that choir groups in the city get noticed, for their performances in public. But this time, it’s way ahead of the festival that you will find Grammy award-winning choir director Kevin Fox in the city. “I’m here to hold workshops with different choir groups in India,” says Fox.
He started singing in choirs at the age of 8, studied music at Oxford University, England, and Westminster Choir College. He has been part of many international choirs, yet this is the first time he has set foot in India. “India is the 47th country I have visited. And before I left my country, I got a list of places to visit in the city, from my friends who grew up here,” says the 42-year-old.
He has many plans for the one month he’s here. “I’m waiting for a choir from Yale, America and have to be here till March. Apart from conducting workshops as part of Classical Movements’ India Choral Fellowship, I have thought of exploring Indian food. But I have been warned to order carefully. My friends said, if you order for something that’s average spicy, it will turn out to be super hot and anything spicy, you will not be able to handle,” he laughs.
Impressed by the level of dedication Indians have towards music, he says, “Indian musicians are ready to take up ideas that I have. For instance, the other day I was with a Delhi choir and told them that how you breathe affects your singing, and they followed the suggestion.”
If you go to any country, the music that you here is just like what you hear in America. But in India, that’s not the case. Even Bollywood music, which is so popular in India is part of Indian culture.
“Also, there is great love for classical music among Indians,” says Fox, who is amazed at the richness of Indian classical music and it’s similarity with Western classical genre. If you go to any country, the music that you here is just like what you hear in America. But in India, that’s not the case. Even Bollywood music, which is so popular in India, is part of Indian culture.”
About the interest of people in choir music, Fox says, “A lot of people in America sing in choirs because of the enhanced joy that they receive in this music genre. There’s harmony, rhythm and a drama in choir music that is enjoyed by people, all over the world.”