Multinational Tribute to Komitas London-based Armenian Klingen Choir and
Cultural Association presented a concert-exhibition dedicated to the 150th
anniversary of great Armenian composer Komitas which took place on November 9,
at St Cuthbert’s church in London, "Asbarez"
More than 300 people gathered under the arches of the magnificent St Cuthbert’s
church, united by high arts and wonderful music – simple and sophisticated in
its modulations, cordial and incredible in its exceptional resonance, ethnic and
at the same time as universal as the conceptions of love, kindness, nature, and
beauty. Musicians and spectators from all over the world had congregated along
with local Armenians to celebrate the 150th anniversary and pay their respect
and tribute to Komitas: a magnificent event masterminded, organized and directed
by Conductor Sipan Olah.
There were a number of greeting addresses, particularly by Baroness Caroline
Cox, Mayor of Kensington Will Paskall, Deputy Minister of Science, Culture,
Education, and Sport of the Republic of Armenia, Narine Khachaturyan, and high
representative of the Anglican Clergy, Paul Bagot.
The audience enjoyed choir works of the master in the second part of the
concert, some of which were performed by an ensemble of professional singers,
and others by the Klingen choir under the baton of conductor Sipan Olah. The
ensemble presented spiritual songs “Lord’s prayer,” “Sourb, sourb,” and
“Hayrapetakan anthem,” followed by “Little girl,” “Aravot lusaber,” “Yar jan,
ari,” and “Garun a.” The Klingen Choir started with “Andzrevn yekav,” presented
a few more jewels from Komitas’ inexhaustible depository, and finished the
concert by “Gutanerg – Song of the ploughman,” with the participation of all the
Following a well-established tradition, Lebanese Armenian painter Leonie Pilart
presented her exhibition of canvases, dedicated to Komitas. Designer Alice
Martirossian joined the exhibition with her hand-made dolls wearing national
Armenian costumes of different historical periods and geographical locations.
Photos by "Asbarez"