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Award-winning Indonesian choir supports orangutan conservation


14 July 2010 (Wed)
12:00 -





Award-winning Indonesian choirsupports orangutan conservation

Wednesday 14 July, 7pm – 11pm

The world-acclaimed Parahyangan Choir aids orangutan conservation by singing at a celebration of Indonesian food, music, dance, nature and scenery.

Tickets are £20 (£10, students) including refreshments.

To book, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7724 2912

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

The internationally-acclaimed Parahyangan Choir from Indonesia will be performing at London’s Conway Hall on Wednesday 14 July to help raise funds for the conservation of their home region’s best-loved wild inhabitant – the orangutan.

The concert, featuring a rare mix of Western and South East Asian songs, is being jointly hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and the UK based charity Orangutan Foundation, as part of a fund-raising evening which will also include regional food and dance celebrating Indonesia’s biodiversity and culture.

Orangutan Foundation founder and director, Ashley Leiman OBE, says: “The Parahyangan Choir, from the Catholic University of Indonesia, is widely acknowledged as one of the best in Asia and regularly wins awards in international competitions. What makes its recitals particularly interesting is that the choir combines Western choral work with music and traditions from Indonesian culture, often including colourful costumes, elaborate headwear and movements inspired by Asian dance and art.”She added: “The Conway Hall concert will be a rare chance to hear the singers perform in the UK. The choir is in such demand internationally that this London date is only possible because the choir is participating in this summer’s International Eisteddfod at Llangollen and through support from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.”

Tickets for the Orangutan Foundation’s Indonesian Night are on sale now, at £20 each (£10, NUS card holders). The ticket price includes all entertainments, food and drinks. For more information or to book places, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 020 7724 2912. ends –MEDIA QUERIESFor more info, photographs or interviews, please contactKristina Maurice-Jones, (t) 020 7724 2912; (e) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Parahyangan Choir has been winning prizes ever since it was set up 40 years ago to develop the musical interests and talents of students attending the Parahyangan Catholic University of Indonesia. In addition to performing in Indonesia and touring, the choir also hosts its own international competition for choirs.

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Founded in 1990, the Orangutan Foundation is the foremost orangutan conservation organisation working actively across the entire range of the orangutan species. Our overall mission is to conserve the orangutan and the biodiversity of their habitat through the protection of the tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra.We are a small organisation operating a diverse range of programmes that reflect the challenges involved with successfully conserving a highly threatened species and ecosystem. At the heart of our conservation strategy is the involvement of local communities who live close to areas of orangutan habitat. We have come to learn that through education, awareness and inclusion, our projects have greater success and sustainability.

The Foundation plays an active part in international networks to promote the conservation of orangutans and their habitats, and is on the Executive Committee of UNEP’s Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP). The charity runs a lively programme of education and fund-raising events in the UK and provides opportunities for conservation volunteers to visit its projects in Borneo and Sumatra.

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Orangutans belong – with humans, the gorilla, chimpanzee and bonobos – to the family of primates known as ‘great’. They are the only great ape found outside Africa. Two species are known - as the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and the Borneo orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus). A century ago, it is estimated that the two islands accommodated an orangutan population of more than 300,000 but today’s number is probably only 50,000 or less. Both species are classed as endangered, with the Sumatran orangutan’s status described as ‘critical’. The biggest challenge to orangutan survival is habitat loss because of the rate at which rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia are being cut down, either for the timber industry or to replace native woods with oil palms. The oil of its fruit is being used increasingly in food snacks and cosmetics. Orangutan derives from Malay and means ‘person of the forest’.


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