Lorraine Music Academy had the honour and privilege of hosting Sanna Valvanne, a world renowned Choir Conductor from Helsinki, Finland on 12th December 2019 at the residence of Aubrey Aloysius & Lorraine Fiona Aloysius.
The hall was brimming with energy and life! Participants and audiences aged 4 years to 70 years were spell bound by Sanna Valvanne.
The students of Lorraine Music Academy performed a variety of music beginning with 2 Finnish Folk Songs “Leijoo” and “Ellee illallei” in harmony; they transitioned effortlessly to ABBA’s “Mama Mia”.
The Christmas repertoire began with an act by the mini-trio aged 5-7 years singing “We Three Kings Of Orient Are”. This was followed by a beautiful Christmas song “Snowflakes Fall Softly Down” sung both in English & German.
Our talented student Shashwat Joglekar played his own arrangement of “Carol Of The Bells”. Soon after this, the choir performed the Pentatonics version of “Carol Of The Bells” in 5-part harmony a Capella style, including a beat boxer.
The audience was moved by the next item of John Lenon’s “So This Is Christmas” sung by Lorraine Music Academy’s Choir in 3-part harmony.
Christmas is not Christmas without the rendition of “Silent Night”. It was simply wonderful to see an Indian Musician (Lorraine) playing on a Western Musical Instrument (Piano) and a Western Musician (Sanna) playing on an Indian Musical Instrument (Harmonium)! Sanna Valvanne sang a verse in Finnish while playing on the Harmonium. Lorraine sang a verse in English while playing on the Piano and the choir and audience joined in.
The Choir ended the evening with the high spirited song “Feliz Nevidad” wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and wonderful season and year ahead!
Carol Of The Bells by Students of Lorraine Music Academy
|Dennis Samuel Mathews
|Isabella Payal Twyford
|Arihana Bhartari Sahu
Sanna Valvanne is an innovative conductor and performer from Finland and the founding director of the Sing & Shine Choirs. She was the Artistic Director of the 2017 Tampere Vocal Music Festival. Sanna is recognized worldwide for her creative choral method, “Sing and Shine with Body and Soul”, and has been a popular guest conductor with hundreds of choirs around the world since 1994. A former singer, conductor’s assistant, and vocal trainer of the world famous Tapiola Choir, she has a Masters Degree in Music, from the Sibelius Academy.
From 2005-2016, Sanna lived in the USA and worked especially in New York City with children in underserved communities and with El Sistema programs. In 2016, Sanna founded the Sing & Shine Choirs to provide creative, expressive, empowering, and freeing vocal and performance training for all ages, in Espoo, Finland. 100 singers from age 6 up to active senior citizens make music together in the choirs. Through charity workshops and community projects with refugees, elderly people, and schools, the choirs are building an open, loving and welcoming community for all people in the Helsinki Capital area.
Whether with her own choirs or guest conducting, Sanna continues to expand the boundaries of choral expression, and explore new ways of sharing love and joy through singing.
LORRAINE FIONA ALOYSIUS
Lorraine Fiona Aloysius is a Licentiate of the Trinity College of London – UK (Pianoforte). She is also a Masters in Banking & Finance. In 2012, iCONGO – International Confederation Of Non Government Organisations awarded Lorraine the coveted “KARMAVEER PURASKAAR”. She received this award because of her visionary contribution and work in the field of Music, Art & Culture. Lorraine also received the “SNP NATION ACHIEVER AWARD” (2015). She received this award on account of serving society through the Nation Building Project “Come India Sing Jana Gana Mana”. Lorraine is the Founder Director of Lorraine Music Academy. She is also the Founder Trustee of lamp trust®.
Lorraine Aloysius first started playing the piano from the age of 8. Her mother Helen D’Cruz always greatly encouraged & inspired Lorraine Aloysius in her pursuit of music. Therefore, she now has a great passion for music and the performing arts. By all means, she has experience in teaching, creative thinking, public relations, training and motivating large teams across the country.
Further, Lorraine Aloysius has sent over 2,000 students for the exams conducted by world renowned globally accredited organisations. These include Trinity Guildhall / Trinity College London, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, U.K., and RockSchool, U.K. Even more, Lorraine also oversees a regular visiting faculty that comes in from across the globe. These include some of the top global Colleges of Music & Drama. Thus she handles special training programs for students of Lorraine Music Academy during various periods of the year.
Lorraine Fiona Aloysius loves music and, in fact, enjoys teaching singing and musical instruments. Likewise, she actively promotes the rich heritage of Music & Arts – Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Literary Arts. She lives in Gurugram, National Capital Region of Delhi.