By Hasmik Harutunyan Seymour and Seda Khachaturyan
LONDON — St. Yegishe Armenian Church in London vibrated with a memorable classical concert on October 18, 2014. The Tekeyan Trust of London (TTL), a registered charity since 1979, organized an autumnal concert of Armenian music with the participation of the Komitas Choir, the first Armenian choir in the United Kingdom (UK), to celebrate the 145th birth anniversary of the great composer Komitas.
The TTL, the backbone of the London TCA and the Tekeyan Centre Fund (Armenia), has always been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the national identity and to furthering links between Armenia and the Diaspora through various cultural, educational, community life activities.
The idea of creating the Komitas Choir, the brainchild of TTL Honorary Secretary Vartan Ouzounian and tenor Sipan Hakobyan, was enthusiastically supported by the Trust. Thus, in November 2013, the Komitas Choir was formed under the chairmanship of Ouzounian and the baton of the young promising conductor Hagopyan. Currently the choir consists of more than 30 singers. For an entire year, Artistic Director of the Komitas Choir Hagopyan and wonderful Concert Master Ella Babayan, have been working relentlessly and passionately to prepare the singers for their major public recital on October 18.
Present at the great event were representatives of all organizations of the British-Armenian community, Baroness Caroline Cox of the House of Lords, other civic and religious dignitaries, musicians, critics and music-lovers.