‘Forgiven’ a two hour multicultural spectacular musical by Belfast based Toccata Musical Productions will be shown at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle on Friday 25th of May 2018 at 7:30 pm.
‘Forgiven’ is a musical celebration of the coming together of many people of diverse communities which is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the ‘Good Friday Agreement’. The 80 member Toccata ensemble from Northern Ireland will be joined by a 45 member guest choir from Mumbai, India called the Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble and a group of exceptionally talented local children from Northern Ireland to bring the production to life and celebrate the message of cultural harmony as the production walks the road of Simon Peter 2000 years ago.
‘Forgiven’ is written by Northern Ireland’s very own talent Laura Kerr and produced by Wilfie Pyper, under the baton of Colin Scott and features some of the best known gospel hymns of all time.
Founded on the backdrop of Tsunami in 2005, Toccata Musical Productions UK is the brainchild of Dr. Sunil Paulraj a Neonatal Specialist at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Belfast. The Tsunami devastation that tore the South Asian countries propelled Dr. Sunil to set out on his first mission of raising funds through music for the victims in India. What started as a 2 member team, Toccata today is a large body of 80 musicians comprising of vocalists and instrumentalists from London’s West End, UK famed soloists who have sung and accompanied the likes of Elton John, Dan Seals, Demi Lovato and the Gaither Vocal Band. The choir has professional and semi-professional vocalists who are part of various bands in the UK and Ireland.
Toccata is based on three main tenets of Cultural Fellowship through music, cross cultural musical Integration and touching lives of the disadvantaged. For the past 13 years Toccata has been living its core values and has performed in UK, Ireland, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, Bangkok, Kenya, Zambia, and Tanzania, raising funds of more than £2 million for various beneficiaries around the world. It was recognised by the United Nations with the ‘Golden Rule Award’ for its contributions to humanity.
The Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble now celebrating its 34th year was conceived by Alfred J D’Souza to promote International music in India. Its repertoire ranges from serious classical to effervescent jazz and pop. They have represented India in many International Choral competitions winning International acclaim and have performed in many European and Asian countries. This will be their first performance in Northern Ireland.
Talking about ‘Forgiven’, Dr. Sunil Paulraj says, “As an Indian who has made Belfast home for the past 20 years it’s an absolute delight to have been absorbed into the cultural fabric of Northern Ireland both as a doctor and a musician. Having learnt music both in England and Northern Ireland, I’m awed by the marvelous complexities of the forms of music and expression. Every concert we put out as Toccata attempts to celebrate the diversity of culture through aesthetic diffusion of music. Our multicultural productions involving the local choirs of the countries we have performed in have been greatly appreciated helping us win hearts and great amount of press coverage around the world. 2018 being the 20th year of the greatly unifying ‘Good Friday Agreement’, we at Toccata thought our multicultural production on our home turf will be our best way to join in the celebration of peace through diversity and harmonious co-existence.”
Tickets cost £10 and are available from Toccata Musical Productions on 07999595772 or the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle on 028 9077 7074. Proceeds from this concert will go towards charitable work in Africa and India.