LONDON — A Christmas Carol Concert was organized by the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) in St. Cyprian’s Church in London on December 4. Every year Baroness Caroline Cox, founder of HART, initiates such concerts for the representatives of ethnic minorities of countries that receive humanitarian aid from the trust.
This year the Christmas concert featured four choirs, the Armenian Komitas Choir of the Tekeyan Trust London, the Ugandan Acholi London Choir, the St. Martin Singers and the University of London Chamber Choir.
At the concert the choral art, music and languages of different nationalities were introduced to the British audience.
While inviting the Komitas Choir to perform, Father David of St. Cyprian’s Church recalled vividly the choir’s perfect performance dedicated to the 145th birth anniversary of Komitas (the concert was held in St. Yeghishe Church, London, on October 18). The priest also introduced the life and activity of the great Armenian composer and the founder of Armenian classical music. He particularly mentioned the horrifying scenes of the 1915 Armenian Genocide because of which Komitas experienced a nightmare and witnessed the brutal extermination of the nation’s bright minds. Unfortunately, it left a deep ineradicable impression on his soul and after 20 years of sufferings his life came to an end in psychiatric hospital in Paris.
At the concert, the Komitas Choir performed songs by Komitas (Today Is Christmas), Marty Nystrom (As the Deer Pants for Water) and Stepan Lusikyan (New Armenia). The latter was interpreted and presented to the audience by Sipan Hakobyan, artistic director and conductor of the choir.