Haraya was officially formed in 2017 and debuted in a sold out concert at St. Peter's Church in Notting Hill. Haraya means "imagination" or "vision" in Tagalog and "pride","dignity" and "freedom" in Swahili.
All our singers have gone through auditions to become a member of the ensemble. Having different professions and backgrounds, the members are unified through their shared passion for singing and musical excellence.
Only a year old, the choir has already performed in a number of exciting events which include a diplomatic reception at the Langham, a fundraising ball at the Lansdowne Club and carolling in Trafalgar Square and Soho Square.
The Haraya repertoire includes a wide range of styles, genres and idioms which include sacred, classical, pop, opera, folk and contemporary. We sing our pieces in concert from memory. Haraya also strives to promote Filipino music in their concerts and performances. In terms of discipline and sound, the choir follows the Filipino choral tradition which utilises a homogeneous rich warm tone in vocal production.
Haraya Choir is a beneficiary of the International Culture & Arts Exchange London (ICAEL).
Donna De Ocampo