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"RAVI SHANKAR 101" DETAILS (14-16 MAY 2021)

COVID RESTRICTIONS: No socialising is permitted on the premises of the rehearsal venues. Masks must be worn at all times, unless playing. Where possible leave the rehearsal venue during breaks to reduce time spent indoors. Above all, do not attend if you are feeling unwell (NHS: Symptoms).  We would strongly encourage you to take a Lateral Flow Test prior to Friday to check your status – you can get a test kit for free (NHS: find a test kit)

The following information can also be downloaded as a PDF: download

Dates: 14th, 15th, 16th May 2021

Project Description
This is SOL’s first musical R&D project (research & development) and will be led by Chloe. The purpose of the weekend is to explore new repertoire, learn some rudiments of South Indian classical music (Carnatic music) and workshop ideas with composers. The weekend will end with a short (c.20min) livestream of our work-in-progress. 

There will also be a pre-project Zoom session on Fri 7 May to pre-teach some of the Carnatic principals. 

Ravi Shankar
This year’s theme takes its inspiration from the life and works of Ravi Shankar the “godfather of world music”. He was a major influence on musicians ranging from The Beatles to Yehudi Menuhin, and his cross-cultural approach to music making continues to be an example of mutual respect and virtuosic musicianship.

Guest Tutors

Kuljit Bhamra: composer, educator & tabla player; SOL has commissioned a new work by Kuljit for our Summer Tour.

Balu Raguraman: carnatic violin tutor at The Bhavan (Indian Cultural Centre). Balu will be teaching us some rudiments from his tradition.

David Murphy: conductor and former long-standing collaborator with Ravi Shankar. He’ll be bringing some of Ravi Shankar’s orchestral music for us to play. 

Emerging Composer
We’ll also be workshoping with student/emerging composer: Yshani Perinpanayagam, Christopher Schlechte-Bond, Tara Guram, Millicent James.

Date & Time: Friday 7 May, 8:00-9:00pm

About: Balu Raguraman (carnatic violin) will lead this online workshop to pre-teach some of the material for the weekend. This session is hosted on Google Meet; you do not need an app, just a browser window. 

Link for workshop:

Note: Please have an instrument handy to join in (on mute!)

The main rehearsal venue for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (pm) is:

The Amadeus
50 Shirland Road
Maida Vale
W9 2JA.

The nearest tube is Warwick Road (Bakerloo Line). 

On Sunday morning we will rehearse in the same area of town, but over at City of Westminster College’s theatre, the Cockpit. It’s about 20mins between venues on foot:

The Cockpit
Gateforth St


Library link to download parts: Ravi 101


Rep List for May

It’s currently still tricky to feed groups given the restrictions on indoor mixing. Therefore please bring a packed lunch, to which SOL will contribute £5 per day. A hot meal will be provided on Friday & Saturday evenings. (Sunday is an early finish so we’ll likely order some pizzas in the break before the livestream at 7pm). 

Craig will contact those players directly who are coming to London for this project, re: their travel and accommodation. Look out for an email from him very soon (by 7 May).

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ “Rāg & Tāl” series of 12 music education videos “explore the basics of the melodic (rāg) and rhythmic (tāl) structures of North Indian classical music: sargam, as you gradually learn to play a short composition, Sargam Gīt.”

Vox Guru (YouTube Channel)

Clear, concise introduction to stylistic elements of South Indian classical music in these very well presented videos. Focused on vocal Carnatic/Hindustani music and ear-training Carnatic style. A VoxGuru app is also available. 

Recent interview with guest tutor/composer Kuljit Bhamra MBE

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Video: Guest tutor, David Murphy, introduces some key concepts. We'll be playing some of this opera with him too.

Past Project Archive

Dates: 7th – 14th July 2019


We’ll be the guests of the Roman River Festival in Colchester, and effectively be their orchestra in residence for the week. We will be touring around Colchester and surrounding area visiting a hospital, three secondary schools, care homes and some shopping streets and squares. The festival coordinator is still firming the schedule up, so we should have more concise information during June. Our soloist will be ENO star, soprano Nadine Benjamin.


Wed 10 July 10am-1pm (Venue: Emmanuel School)

Rehearsal Venues: 
Emmanuel Community School (Sun & Wed)
Address: The Drive, Walthamstow E17 3BN
Tube: Walthamstow Central (Victoria Line), then 10 min walk. 
Entrance: via the staff car park on Rectory Road | Wesbite: link

Tour Schedule: In brief below / full schedule to follow early July. 

Wed 10 July: Travelling by coach from London to Colchester after school concert & lunch.

Thur 11 July: Colchester tour & Roman River Opening Concert

Fri 12 July: Colchester tour.

Sat 13 July: Colchester tour.

Sun 14 July: Colchester tour & Roman River schools’ concert. Returning to London by c.7pm, drop off Walthamstow Central. 


London: if you need accommodation in London please contact Craig. And if you have a handy spare room a fellow SOL player could stay in, please contact Craig

Colchester: we’re staying on Mersea Island by the sea, here There’s even an indoor swimming pool by the looks of things, so bring your swimmers! It’s about 20min drive from Colchester, and the coach will pick us up and drop us back each day. There’s a local pub about a 10min walk away. 

Accommodation address: Mersea Island Holiday Park, Fen Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8UA

SCHEDULE (status: confirmed)

18:00 – 21:30 Rehearsal

Venue: St Botolph’s Aldersgate, Aldersgate Street, EC1A 4EU /
Nearest tube St.Paul’s (and then Barbican). The church is right by the Museum of London, edge of the Barbican site.

Also: 17:00-18:00 portraits with Nick Rutter (photographer) for those available/want to participate, same place.

10.00-12.00 Rehearsal (same venue as Friday)

13.20-13.40 Freestage, Barbican Centre
14.30-14.50 Charterhouse Square
15.40-16.00 Rotunda Gardens
16.30-16.50 Charterhouse Square
17.55-18.15 St Barts the Great Churchyard

18:30-23:00 Drinks! Rising Sun, 38 Cloth Fair, EC1A 7JQ (it’s right next to where we finish, St Barts the Great)

10:30-12:00 Meet for coffee & flash-mob gig at 11am:  inside Spitalfields Market in front of Leon/Giraffe.

13.00-13.20 Freestage, Barbican Centre
14.30-14.50 Charterhouse Square
15.40-16.00 Rotunda Gardens
16.30-16.50 Charterhouse Square
18.00-18.20 Lakeside, Barbican Centre (Final gig of the day)

Rep list here: CURRENT REP LIST

Dates:  22 & 23 June 2019

Summary: Oxford Festival of the Arts/ Great Get Together.

We will be visiting Oxford Festival of the Arts on the 22nd June and will be playing two sets in Bonn Square. We will be doing a few more gigs that day as well, check the schedule below for more information.

On the 23rd of June we’re going to be in London for the Great Get Together street party (in memory of Jo Cox). The event is run by the Bankside Open Spaces Trust and we’ll be with them for the afternoon. It looks like it will be a really nice event! 

Rehearsal: Fri 21 June, evening rehearsal. Arrival 17:30, rehearse 18:00 – 21:30.
Venue: St Botolph’s Aldersgate, Aldersgate Street, EC1A 4EU /
Nearest tube St.Paul’s (and then Barbican). The church is right by the Museum of London, edge of the Barbican site.

Schedule: This is a broad schedule for the weekend. There will be a more updated version sent to you closer to the time and uploaded to this page. There will also be plenty of paper copies when we meet at our rehearsal on Friday evening, 21st June. 

Friday 21st June 2019




Arrive at rehearsal space and set up: St Botolph’s Aldersgate, Aldersgate Street, EC1A 4EU

18:00 – 21:30

Rehearsal w/ break in the middle

21:30 – 22:00

Pack up and home

Saturday 22nd June 2019




Meet at London Paddington Station

08:52 – 09:52

Train from Paddington to Oxford


Collected by coach from Oxford train station

10:00 – 10:15

Travel to Bonn Square by coach.

10:30 – 11:15

Performance #1 for Oxford Festival of the Arts in Bonn Square

11:15 – 12:00

Break (potential flash mob nearby)

12:00 – 12:45

Performance #2 for Oxford Festival of the Arts in Bonn Square

12:45 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:00

Go to Oxfordshire County Library (about a minute’s walk)

14:00 – 14:45

Perform at Oxfordshire County Library

14:45  – 15:15

Coach to John Radcliffe Hospital

15:30 – 16:15

Perform at John Radcliffe Hospital

16:30 – 17:00

Coach back to Oxford centre

17:15 – 18:00

Flashmob performance in Oxford Town Centre (it’s graduation week, so busy and good vibes!)

18:00 – 19:30


19:30 – 20:00

Coach back to train station

20:30 – 21:25

Train from Oxford to Paddington



Sunday 23rd June 2019 (Great Get Together Street Party)




Meet in Hay’s Galleria – Battle Bridge Lane, London

11:15 – 12:00

Performance in at Hay’s Galleria

12:00 – 12:45

Pack down and go to Union St (Entrance to Union Street is 94 Borough High St, London SE1 1NL) – 10 minute walk

13:15 – 14:00

Performance at Cross Roads (Zone 3)*

14:00 – 14:45

Lunch in the backstage area

15:00 – 15:45

Performance on Union Street main stage (Zone 4)

15:45 onwards

Social time, welcome to stay at street party for the rest of the evening

*We will be shown the way around the Great Get Together, and there will be street party maps to hand.