The Madras Musical Association

The Madras Musical Association was founded in 1893 by European Expatriates with the then Governor of Madras as its Patron. It is perhaps the oldest association of it's kind east of the Suez.

The Madras Musical Association is a non-profit making organization whose sole purpose is to   to perform and propogate western music in the city of Madras in particular and in India as a whole. Musical Stalwarts like Padmashree Dr L Subramaniam, Padmashree Handel Manuel and Maestro Victor Parajothi have passed through the portals of the MMA. Along with the Consulates in the City the MMA has cosponsored concerts by the legendary Mahalia Jackson, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, The Golden Gate Quartet, Paradise Island express to name only a few.

The Nucleus of the Association is it's choir which has not only performed all over India but also in the International Church music festivals in Coventry in 1998 and 2000 and Chester in 2006 in the UK under the Baton of sir David Wilcox.

The crowning glory of the choir was its performance at the New Castle Torch relay Ceremony and at the Sydney Opera house in connection with Sydney 2000 The Olympic Games, both with a mass choir conducted by Ron Smart and as a cameo of its own. In June 2009 the choir has been invited o perform in the International Church music festival in Rome with a mass choir, and on it's own for a Papal audience and for the BBC The MMA choir has staged musicals like "Fiddler on the roof", "The King and I"," Hans Christian Anderson", "South Pacific" and "Over the Rainbow- a Collage of hits from Musicals" to name only a few.  The choristers have also performed country & western shows called Li'l Opry both in Chennai and in Bangalore to rave reviews
The MMA invited the famous international conductor Paul leddington Wright from the UK and famous duo pianists Stephen Nielsen and Ovid Young to conduct accompany and play for the millennium concert with 100 voices for the Madras Christian College's Alumni Association in 2000 January
The association is deeply involved and committed to fund raisers and has performed a concert entitled "The Wake" for Tsunami victims supported by World Vision, a series of three concerts entitled nostalgia to support the Leprosy mission trust and the Asthma foundation and right now preparing to stage a concert entitled "Sunset Serenade" to support the work of little sisters of the Poor's Home for the aged. The Madras Musical association has survived for over a hundred years through the support of its life membership and active members who are committed to the cause of Western Music in India
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