Based in London, the Klingen Choir and Cultural Association is a registered charity in England and Wales (Reg. No. 1188600). It was established to promote Armenian and international culture (both in the UK and abroad), to bring the Armenian diaspora together, and to build links with other communities. Armenian culture is rich and vibrant, and we aim to share this through concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, educational events, workshops, lectures and much more.
The Klingen Choir was founded by Sipan Olah in 2013 and was initially known as Komitas Choir. It performs a repertoire of Armenian songs of all genres, as well as selected songs from other cultures and languages. The four-voice semi-professional choir, which is named Klingen (“sound” from German), enjoys an exceptional reputation both in the UK and internationally. You can check the list of the choir’s upcoming and previous concerts here.
The choir has performed in more than 35 concerts in Armenian St Sarkis and St Yeghishe Churches in Kensington, in Ealing Town Hall, in St Cyprian’s church in Marylebone, in a Samsung open air concert in Piccadilly Circus, in Cardiff St German’s church, at the annual Maslenitsa Festival at St John’s Smith Square in Westminster and in a number of concerts in St Cuthbert’s church in Kensington where the choir has its rehearsals. In 2019 KCCA’s successful concerts “Armenian & Russian Songs” and “Multinational tribute to Komitas” bought together UK and international musicians and choirs to share and celebrate Armenian and international music. In 2020 Klingen Choir won the first place in the international online competition Culture Caravan – festival & contest in Poland and won the first place in the International Music Online Contest Victory Songs 75.
The Klingen Choir and Cultural Association is run by a committee and is supported by a network of volunteers and benefactors on charitable bases.