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.

Yale International Choral Festival

June, 2018 | New Haven, USA

June 2018 saw us step onto the stage of the Yale International Choral Festival, upon invitation by the Yale Alumni choir; an honour and challenge in one, as we slipped into musical renditions amidst participating musical bodies from across the world and under the distinguished eye of Yale. Tapping into the warmth, the soul and the essence of Islamic music, we delivered performances nothing short of pure, authentic musical artistry and unbridled faith, alongside the choral strong-suits of Mexico, Germany and New York, as well as the Yale Alumni choir. Drawing on a warm welcome by the audience, who had previously never borne witness to a genre of such powerful entrancement, we performed repertoires brimming with devotional praise, from naats to hamds and from baiths to Sufi-style qawaalis.