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Bhangra Rock band, Kissmet and chamber orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, join forces to present a breath-taking fusion of music and dance, story-telling and mesmerising spirituality; from the irresistible energy of Bhangra beats and Western Rock, to the meditative calm of devotional songs, all underpinned by an exquisite soundscape of classical strings - Bhangra Symphonica.

The fusion of the two musical genres is the brainchild of Kissmet’s Ron Singh and The Swan’s David Le Page, they add…

“As far as we are aware this remarkable collaboration is first of its kind! The creation of Bhangra Symphonica, blending two totally different musical genres is such an exhilarating experience which will challenge and excite us as artists and performers. We are so proud of our collaboration and believe it will be a mind- blowing concert - the melange of bhangra and classical music not only works incredibly in harmony together, but we feel it is representative of modern multicultural life. Not only in music but in life in general, everything and anything is enhanced once you broaden your horizons and allow alternative influences to excite and ignite!”

Kissmet have performed all over the world, from Glastonbury to Womad, sharing stages with Kaiser Chiefs, Duffy, Nitin Sawhney, and Asian Dub Foundation. Founded by Ron and Buzz Singh, Kissmet’s unique sound reflects the brothers’ experience of growing up in multicultural Britain, listening to everything from classical Hindi and Punjabi music to The Clash and Led Zeppelin.

Midlands-based Orchestra of the Swan love blurring the boundaries between genres and mixing styles, from Bach to Bowie and Rameau to Radiohead. Frequently played on BBC 6 Radio, Radio 3 and Classic FM and with millions of hits for their mixtapes and digital concerts, this orchestra strives to collaborate and reach audiences beyond the concert hall.

As Ron Singh says: "What’s most important is the incredible vibe and energy that can be generated by people of all faiths, backgrounds, colours, gender and culture coming together to create something powerfully positive, infectious and memorable."

Bhangra Symphonica takes place on Saturday 8 June at Birmingham Town Hall. Tickets available from B:Music.

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