Tarang is the National Ensemble for Indian Music. Since its founding in 2003, it has been the only ensemble of its kind in the world; its members are talented young adult musicians trained in Indian Classical music. Its tour performances have been at venues like The Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), Bridgewater Hall Manchester, The Sage Gateshead, Theatre by the Lake and Liverpool’s Capstone Theatre as well as opening in a Commonwealth Games event at Buckingham Palace in 2010. It has also performed at WOMEX, Dartington, Salisbury and other international festivals. Tarang’s recent collaborations include the Italian Orchestra Gli Archi del Cherubino and the Afghan National Institute for Music.
Tarang’s concept productions
Tarang has attracted world-class tutors and composers to work with its musicians, and produced a new style of contemporary Indian music. Over the years, it has been known as an innovative and trailblazing ensemble.
Now, we plan to further develop the music, profile and appeal of the ensemble; we want to bring Indian music to a wide, mainstream audience, by creating a new sound influenced by other genres, like jazz, alternative and other European folk. Tarang performances are produced by Milapfest, and toured or showcased nationally and internationally.
Is Tarang For you?
Milapfest provides a number of pathways for Musicians and Singers who are 18 and over. Whilst vocalists up to the age of 25 can apply for Sabrang – The National Choir for Indian Music, instrumentalists can apply for the following pathways:
SAMYO MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME: (19 and over) Young adults have the opportunity to take on trainee apprenticeship roles in Orchestra leadership, in Management, Leadership/Conducting, Communication , Educaton, Recruitment and Promotion.
TARANG TRAINEES: (18-25) For young musicians who would like to train, perform and develop at an advanced level and progress from SAMYO to TARANG, this ensemble offers opportunities to perform and learn with all of Milapfest’s ensembles.
TARANG (18-35) For young musicians exploring a career in Indian music, TARANG offers unparalleled performance opportunities, advanced professional development, and touring, festival and training programmes to progress.
We are looking for talented musicians, trained to a high standard, who would like to learn and perform in this new musical direction.
Membership of Milapfest’s ensembles is open to advanced students or early career professionals trained in Indian Classical music , over the age of 18, permanently resident in the UK. Ensemble members are selected on the basis of ambition, talent and potential. Your gender, background, religion or ethnicity do not influence your application in any way whatsoever.
Tarang was founded by national charity Milapfest, and is one of eight NYMOs (National Youth Music Organisations) supported by Arts Council England. Milapfest raises funds to support the costs of membership, and though it costs us over £1,500 per member (not including administration, promotion and organisation costs), we ensure the cost of membership remains low. Membership fees for Tarang are £500 for 19-20.
We are able to support a small number of musicians with means tested bursaries. To apply for a bursary, click the link for the form below