CoLab is an exciting 2 weeks in my college's annual diary. Students from both music and dance departments collectively join forces to create a visually stunning project of movements and sound.
I participated in a project called Catalan Project. The group consisted of talented dancers and musicians, and was guided by Cuban guitar virtuoso, Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas.
Over the week we met everyday rehearsing to Catalan music. End product was exciting and colourful showcase for the final nigh of CoLab.
On 3rd April, a fundraising concert on behalf of the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea (EAHRNK) was held at St Stephen's Church, South Kensington. Having known the atrocious human rights record in North Korea for sometime, I was looking for ways to involve myself with highlighting the issue. So when at the end of last year I found out about this group, I asked the Director Mike Glendinning straight away whether I could help by organising a fundraising concert for them.
Finest young musicians from US, Germany, Switzerland & Moldova volunteered to perform at the event despite their incredibly busy concert schedules. We opened the concert with rather somber and haunting Dmitry Shostakovich's String Quartet No.8, followed by
Johannes Brahms' Piano Trio in C Minor. The evening concluded on a high note with Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet No.12.
At the end of the concert, the Alliance raised over £2400 which meant they were now able to set up an office in London and continue campaigning for the cause throughout Europe.
For more information on the EAHRNK please visit www.eahrnk.org.
Musicians: Sean Riley, Ionel Manciu, Rémy Walter, Clifton Harrison, Hannah Harnest & Catherine Lee
Photos: Nurri Kim. All rights reserved.