LONDON (Public Radio of Armenia)—The performance of the Komitas Choir at “Christmas Carol Concert” was the highlight of the program, since this year marked the Armenian Genocide Centennial and December 9 had been announced as the “International Day of Commemoration of Victims of Genocide and of its Prevention”.
On December 9, the annual “Christmas Carol Concert” was organized by Baroness Caroline Cox, founder of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust at St. Cuthbert’s Churc . The concert featured the Armenian Komitas Choir, the Ugandan Acholi London Choir, and the St.Martin singers.
The performance of the Komitas Choir at “Christmas Carol Concert” was the highlight of the program, since this was the year of the Armenian Genocide Centennial and December 9 had been announced as the “International Day of Commemoration of Victims of Genocide and of its Prevention”.
The Komitas Choir was founded in 2013 by the Tekeyan Trust London, a registered charity since 1979, the backbone of the London TCA and the Tekeyan Centre Fund Armenia. The TTL has always been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the national identity as well as to furthering links between Armenia and the Diaspora through various cultural, educational, community life activities.
In her speech, Cox commemorated the victims of the Armenian Genocide and raised awareness to the British audience. She condemned the Genocide denial policy of the Turkish government and mentioned historical injustice and deprivations of the Armenian nation.
At the concert, the Komitas Choir, conducted by Sipan Hakobyan and accompanied by pianist Ella Babayan, performed “Hymn of the Nativity” by Komitas, “Arpa-Sevan” by Edgar Hovhannisyan and “New Armenia” by Stepan Lusikyan.
The Choir Conductor and artistic director Sipan Hakobyan, as a soloist, performed “Christ’s Baptism” by Grigor Pahlavuni and “Blessing the Water” by Hovhannes Yerznkatsi.
Garen Arevian of the TCA London recited “The Sorrow of Armenians” by Z. Boyajyan.
Representatives of a number of organizations, politicians, and clergymen were all present at the concert.