London Lucumi Choir

London Lucumi Choir performing with dancer


Choral Ambition

The London Lucumi Choir was formed in November 2006 by Martha Galarraga and Daniela Rosselson with the help of percussionist Dave Pattman. In 2009 they were awarded a grant from the Performing Arts Fund as part of the Choral Ambition scheme.

The Choral Ambition scheme, in association with Making Music, gave 98 choirs funding towards projects and commissions, allowing them to stretch their creative wings and continue to thrive. The afro-cuban London Lucumi Choir received £4,000 via the scheme to put on an original piece of work in a performance that saw the choir collaborating with professional dancers for the first time.
The choir performed a new composition by Juwon Ogungbe as well as working with opera singer Joyce Moholoagae and the Union Dance Company who illustrated what the choir were singing through movement. They also held workshops in preparation for several concerts across London including the Fuse Festival in Kensington Gardens.

If it hadn't have been for the fund we wouldn't have been able to do the project, that's it basically.

"[The project] brought the choir to people that would not normally have seen them, the Contemporary Dance world for example. We have had a significant amount of people wanting to join the choir as a result of the performances".

Daniela says, "If it hadn't have been for the Fund we wouldn't have been able to do the project, that's it basically."

The choir were also finalists of the BBC Radio Three Choir of the Year competition in 2008, and have opened for Eliades Ochoa at the Barbican. In February 2009 they sung as part of the Voicelab initiative at the Southbank Centre and were invited back twice. They have also performed on Ben TV and been featured on BBC Radio London.

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Other Winners

Isle of Man Choral Society

The Isle of Man Choral Society performs large scale choral works with a symphony orchestra. They used a Choral Ambition grant to hold a 'choral week' open to all choirs, other amateur singers and the wider community with visiting choral experts, conductors and animateurs leading to a large community event.

  Isle of Man Choral Society's website


Pegasus Opera Community Chorus

Founded in 2006 to give black end ethnic minority members of the community vocal training in the field of opera and stage craft as well as performance opportunities, this Brixton based group used their grant to hold six development workshops in preparation for a performance of Treemonisha by Scott Joplin.

  Pegasus Opera Community Chorus' website



Cantiunculae formed in Belfast in 1989 and mainly sing a capella, ranging from early polyphonic church music through to 21st century film scores. Their Choral Ambition grant allowed them to organise a series of workshops leading to a performance of the Byrd and Vivaldi's 'Gloria' with an orchestra for the first time, and featuring past and present choir members.

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