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Shillong Chamber Choir


Shillong Chamber Choir was formed in 2001 by Mr. Neil Nongkynrih. Initially, the idea started because Nongkynrih felt a need to hone some of the musical talents in Meghalaya and the North East. As the years progressed, the concept of the choir has gone beyond just the musical aspect into a holistic approach. In 2010, they won the trophy for the reality television show India’s Got Talent – Season 2.

Prior to this, in the same year they came back from the World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China with Gold Diplomas in all the three categories in which they participated – Musica Sacra, Gospel and Popular. In 2009, the choir had their debut performance with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra with performances in Shillong and Kolkata. In this season, the choir is keen to explore music from Indian Cinema especially melodies of yester years rearranged by Mr. Nongkynrih. In their repertoire, they have also sung an eclectic range of music from all genres whether it is western classical, pop, jazz, gospel or musica sacra. They were first invited to The Rashtrapati Bhavan by the then President of India Shri Abdul Kalam in 2005 and henceforth have been invited again the past three years by Smti. Pratibha Patil for the annual Christmas concerts.

The choir has toured the U.K., Poland, Switzerland, South Korea, China and Sri Lanka. In their own State the choir performs regularly in concerts some of which is televised. In 2006 a documentary film was made about the choir entitled The Shillong Chamber Choir and the Little Home School and was premiered at the Dutch Documentary Film Festival. They will tour in the coming year to various cities in India as well as abroad.

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