South Asian women choir that started at Theatre in the Mill to perform at King Charles III’s Coronation
Bradford's first South Asian Women's choir, Song-Geet, which began at the University of Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill, is to perform at the coronation of King Charles III.
They will perform a rendition of Brighter Days by Emeli Sandé at Windsor Castle.
Choir leader Madiha Ansari, who graduated from the university with a degree in clinical sciences in 2009 and who now works as a theatre producer, said: “It’s such a privilege to be performing at the coronation. We’re proud to be representing not just our community but the region.
“This is a great opportunity for women, and it’s particularly poignant in the run up to Bradford City of Culture 2025.”
Pictured below are (from left): Madiha Ansari, Parveen Kaur, Sarena Ayub, Sobia Bashir, Kirran Shah, and Rahela Rashid.
Song-Geet will also attend the Women’s Weekender, the first ever arts and cultures festival focused on highlighting women of colour in art and cultural projects, later this month.
Women’s Weekender will begin at Theatre in the Mill (located on the University of Bradford campus) on 18 May 2023.
The festival aims to highlight local artistic and cultural projects with international women of colour artists collaborating on them. Some international artists will be visiting Bradford as part of the festival.
Other acts will include interactive art installations Bussing Out, which recently featured in The Guardian, and Theatre in the Mill’s Women’s Comedy Workshop, among others.
Shabina Aslam, a producer at Theatre in the Mill, said: “We want to get more collaboration with women of colour, to increase engagement. We are also trying to do more to get women of colour into positions of leadership.”
The Women’s Weekender will run from 18-21 May 2023.