Inception and Evolution
The Muslim Choral Ensemble’s mission is to perform songs from the Muslim World, while training, and performing at the highest artistic level, through fostering individual development, collaboration and intercultural relationships.
The Journey of
Launch of Muslim Choral Ensemble - MCE
MCE was launched in August 2017, with performances at the Russian Cultural Centre and the Sooriya Village
Yale International Choral Festival
The invitation to perform at the Yale International Choral Festival, alongside choirs from Mexico, Germany, and New York.
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Countries’ Youth Choir
International London Music Festival
Participated at the International London Music Festival and performed with the University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors in a church where the two groups interwove their Christian and Muslim music heritages in a spellbinding performance.
Voices for Peace
“Voices for Peace”, an interfaith concert featuring not only MCE, but also local artistes Umara, Dmitri, Soundarie David Rodrigo and Soul Sounds, performers from the University of Visual and Performing Arts, and more.
WMCE 2022 18th - 24th July, 2022 Sri Lanka
Voices for Peace 27 Feb, 2022 Shangri-La, Sri Lanka
MACFEST 2022: Festival Opening Ceremony 05 Feb, 2022
Sama International Choral Festival
23rd July – A Melodic Workshop at the Visual and Performing Arts University
24th July – AN NUR – An evening filled with spiritual renderings featuring both local
25th July – VOICES FOR PEACE – Collaboration of inter-faith choirs and artists celebrating unity and harmony
26th July – Music Workshop at Wesley College
27th July – Music Therapy for Prisoners in Welikada Prison
28th July – A Musical Spectacle at The Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind
29th – A Forum on Bridging Differences for Humanity at the Lakshman Kadhiragaman Institute
30th – Celebrating SAMA at Lionel Wendt
The Muslim Choral Ensemble follows a regimen of choral practice every week, bound by the vision of uniting and understanding through song. Thereby the choir aspires to inspire, invite and welcome those who wish to be a part of this spiritual journey undertaken by the Ensemble and to raise awareness of the mystical power of song through their voices.
The Ensemble is trained and conducted by acclaimed artistic director and senior lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts Sri Lanka, Mr. Manoj Sanjeewa, and is currently working towards a plethora of impactful and inspirational initiatives that are bound to create an atmosphere of peace and love in a world of conflict and hate.
Co-founder | Executive Director
Prof. André de Quadros
Co-founder | Artistic Director | Composer
Associate Artistic Director |
Vocal Coach | Lecturer
Professor André de Quadros
Associate Artistic Director | Vocal Coach | Lecturer
Mr. Hanif Yusoof
Founder, Expolanka Holdings PLC
Hanif Yoosuf, the man behind the establishment of twelve companies, including among others, Expolanka Freight Ltd, which is the number IATA Agent in Sri Lanka, Classic Travels (pvt) Ltd, which is ranked among the top 5 travel and tour operators in Sri Lanka, and Expo Aviation (pvt) Ltd., one of the few local airline operators operating in Sri Lanka. He was also responsible for various overseas ventures such as Expo Express (pvt) Ltd., India, Expolanka Pakistan Ltd., and Expo Services, Maldives. Hanif serves as Managing Director of all the locally based companies and as Chairman in all the overseas subsidiaries. He also founded SkyCare (pvt) Ltd., and Globe Air (pvt) Ltd., who handle cargo for leading airlines of the world, viz; Royal Jordanian Airlines, and Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Advisory Board Members
WORLD MUSLIM CHORAL ENSEMBLE
Dr. Jeffrey Douma
Professor, School of Music, Yale University
Professor Robert Meeder
Founder & Creative Director Rob&Co - Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Denmark
Lawyer and Equality Director at iProbono
Soundarie David Rodrigo
Artistic Director, Lawyer and Musician
Head of Recurrent at Qatar Commercial Bank
Captain / Instructor Qatar Airways
Retired Indian diplomat, Foreign Secretary and Ambassador of India, founder of The South Asian Symphony Foundation