London Young Singers and Masters from Across Asia Share the Stage at London 2012 Open Weekend

The Asian Music Circuit is proud to present a series of musical activities at the Southbank Centre in London on July 24, 25 and 26, 2009. Young singers from the Camden School for Girls and the Shishukunj Schools in London will be offered a stage to sing classical and contemporary Indian songs, while masters from across Asia will enchant audiences with their superb musical skills, as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend supported by BP – a series of events across the country enabling access to excellence in the arts, culture and sport and celebrating three years to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sunanda Sharma and the unique Bireswar Gautam will give a recital of the beautiful vocal style know as thumri on July 24 at 7.45pm. Their concert will be preceded by a talk on the subject of thumri by Anindya Banerjee.

On July 25 at 7.45pm, Uday Bhawalkar will perform dhrupad. At 6.30pm, pupils trained under the wings of Unnati Dasgupta and Mehboob Nadeem, well known Indian musicians, will perform a set of traditional Indian raags and Bollywood songs. Vocal Vistar! – an Asian Music Circuit’s project- is funded by Youth Music and is open to children and young people from age 8 to 18.

On July 26 at 7.45pm, Prof. Zheng Cheng Wei, Sun Zhuo, Liz Walters and Dr. Ayako Hotta-Lister will give audiences a chance to enjoy the evocative sounds of Chinese traditional guzheng and guqin, followed by Japanese koto and taiko drumming.

London 2012 Open Weekend enables everyone to share in the excitement of the Games, be inspired to get involved, unleash their creativity and try something new by accessing excellence at events across sport, art and culture taking place over the weekend.

A Musical Journey Through Asia, joins hundreds of other London 2012 Open Weekend events – from family discover sports days and athletics opportunities to flower festivals and drawing classes, exploring museum archives and pottery, there is an opportunity for everyone. Full listings, including the Asian Music Circuit’s events, at www.london2012.com/openweekend

Viram Jasani noted: “The Asian Music Circuit is proud to offer audiences the opportunity to enjoy the best of Asian music, from India to China and Japan, and to work with local teenagers from diverse backgrounds to join the spirit of the London 2012 Open Weekend events”.

London 2012 is the first Organising Committee to create such a wide platform of public participation in the Games, taking the values, ideals and benefits of the Games to people and communities like never before. Opportunities such as London 2012 Open Weekend are encouraging participation and recognising the contribution people, places and projects are making to the success of the 2012 Games.

This year’s London 2012 Open Weekend follows the success of last year’s event, which launched the Cultural Olympiad and enabled over 700,000 people to become involved with the Cultural Olympiad.

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