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An enchanting evening of choral music!

The majestic Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Old Goa will come alive later this week as choirs from three towering educational institutes – Oxford University, Goa University and Goa Institute of Management will come together for a one-of-its-kind choral performance later this week.

An evening of choral music titled ‘Goonj, an Echo’, will feature The Somerville College Choir, Oxford University, conducted by William Dawes. The choir of the Goa Institute of Management and the Goa University Choir will be conducted by Santiago Lusardi Girelli.

The performance is one of the several initiatives undertaken by GIM to celebrate its completion of 25 years of imparting knowledge to the country’s future corporate leaders.

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built in 1661 by the Portuguese. The three tier facade have octagonal towers on each side and in the central niche there is a statue of St. Michael. The central nave is barrel-vaulted while the crossing is rib-vaulted which supports the choir. The internal buttress walls, separating the chapels and supporting the gallery on top, have frescoes showing floral designs. Above the tabernacle in the main altar is a large statue of St. Francis of Assisi

The Somerville College Choirof Oxford University is being hosted by the Goa Institute of Managementfor the very first time in Goa for a performance on 15th December at 6.00pm. In addition, there will also be Indo-Western performances by Goan musicians.

The Somerville College Choir is a highly regarded and talented mixed voice choir from within the University of Oxford. Formed in 2001, the choir has made several recordings, and has recently performed in Italy, Germany, and the United States of America (the latter in both 2014 and 2016). The Choir is led by the Director of Chapel Music, William Dawes, who studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is a member of the internationally acclaimed and multiple-Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble, Stile Antico. This December, the Choir will be the first Oxford College Choir to tour to India and perform in the state of Goa.

Said Dr. Ajit Parulekar, Director GIM, “We are probably the only Business school to have had a choir for 7 years. It has become a GIM tradition. But why have a choir in a B school at all? If we look at what it demands to be a part of a choir, it answers all the questions eloquently. From working in a team, losing your individual identity to deliver within a group, excellence, discipline, dedication, tenacity, perseverance, observation, synergy, listening skills, commitment and punctuality. Qualities we wish to inculcate in any young manager today.

Attendance to this concert is strictly by invite only.

Goa Institute of Management Choir: The Goa Institute of Management Choir consists of a mixed group of business school students with little, if any, musical background. For the last seven years, each new batch, volunteer to train for the Trinity College Certification and perform when the opportunity arrives. It is a particularly demanding commitment, given their punishing schedules and classwork. Yet each year, under the able tutelage of professional maestros, the students successfully top their certification exams and learn some vital lessons in leadership and group dynamics as well. GIM is probably the only B school in India, to encourage Choral training and weave it into itsout-of-class learning program. The choir was formed with this mission and each year, the students have been successfully completing the Trinity College, London foundation examination in choral music. They have been conducted by talented conductors, beginning with Professor Christo Fernandes and currently, by Santiago Lusardi Girelli.

Somerville College Choir, University of Oxford: Somerville College, University of Oxford, was founded in 1879 to include the excluded, and named in honour of the Scottish mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville. It welcomed women when they were barred from the University and was the first non-denominational College in Oxford. Now as a College for women and men it remains as true as ever to those founding principles. The College has exceptionally strong and meaningful links to India, with distinguished alumnae that include Indira Gandhi, India’s first woman Prime Minister and Cornelia Sorabji, the first Indian woman at Oxford in 1889, and the first Indian woman lawyer to practice in both the UK and India. Somerville College Choir is made up of 28 singers from Somerville College and the wider Oxford community. [H]

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