The Capital City Minstrels returns this summer with a music repertoire to entertain audiences in Delhi and Gurgaon. The group will showcase a varied selection – pop, rock and world music – characteristic of their fun, diverse and eclectic style.
When the Capital City Minstrels (CCM) began 22 years ago as a small group of singers, the choir sang Western classical music for a discerning audience. Over the years, as the choir grew and different conductors led the group, the repertoire grew to include different genres of music and styles, which has shaped CCM’s image as of today – a versatile and dynamic choir. This season’s repertoire is no different, with the choir performing some of the biggest hits in pop music. Knowledge and appreciation of choral music is still growing in India, often associated only with church groups or sacred and classical music. Bringing a vast range of musical genres to the audience, CCM aims to perform music that resonates with a variety of music lovers. This time around, with a repertoire that spans the 70s to some of the most recent hits, CCM plans to entertain everyone from teeny boppers to golden grannies!
About the Music
CCM’s summer concerts will have an audience of all ages clapping, singing and swaying! Spanning several decades and featuring some of the biggest hits, these are songs that are not just popular with music fans, but also include some of CCM’s favourite songs over the years. The programme includes “Sweet Dreams”, arguably the signature song of the 80’s duo, Eurythmics, the wildly popular “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls, the chart topping 80s hit “Africa” by Toto, contemporary award winning numbers like “Royals” by Lorde, “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic; A.R Rahman’s “Jai Ho” and of course the song that lends the concert its title – “Can’t Help Falling in Love”!
CCM’s conductor since 2012, Carolin Remy, will lead the choir in her last set of concerts as she returns to Germany with her family this summer. The group will also be accompanied by Nise Meruno on piano, Suchet Malhotra on percussion, Martina Ketterl on recorder, and Jimmy Thang and Hannes Farrenkopf on guitar.
Concert venues and dates
The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre – May 3, 2016, 7 PM – Free Entry
Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre – May 5, 2016, 8 PM (ticketed concert)
The Epicentre, Gurgaon – May 6, 2016 – 7:30 PM (ticketed concert)
Tickets will be available from April 28, 2016 at the Habitat Programme Desk (for May 5th) and online at www.bookmyshow.com (for the Habitat Centre and Epicentre)
About the Capital City Minstrels
The Capital City Minstrels (CCM) comprises people from all walks of life – students, musicians, doctors, lawyers, architects, teachers, development practitioners, corporate executives, diplomats, and more – of all ages and nationalities. Originating in 1994, the choir is now in its 22nd year. Over these two decades CCM has performed more than 200 concerts at prestigious venues around the capital such as the India Habitat Centre, India International Centre, Epicentre – Gurgaon, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Gymkhana Club, the Hungarian Cultural Centre, Alliance Francaise, the Austrian, German, Italian and Vatican Embassies and more. 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 performances. Touring in India and abroad to share their love for music, CCM has over the years performed in Goa, Kashmir, Budapest, Remscheider (Germany), Paris and their recent European tour in June 2015 took them to Bad Tolz (Hungary), Berlin, Geretstried (near Munich) and Rolle (Switzerland).
About CCM’s Conductor
Carolin Remy was born into a very musical family and learnt to play the piano and to sing when she was very young. She completed her teacher’s training at Eichstaett, Germany and became a music teacher for primary school. Due to her undying passion for music, she conducted several childrens’ choirs in schools and music schools in Germany. In 1999, Carolin became a certified choir director for non- professional choirs. Carolin came to Delhi in 2004 and has been teaching at the German School, New Delhi ever since. She is the conductor of the Children’s Choir of the German School. She took over as Conductor of the Capital City Minstrels in January 2012, after being a member of the choir.
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