Sounds of the World

Sounds of the World brings critically acclaimed global musicians to Woolwich, creating a platform to share live music with local audiences. Join us on Saturday 29th June where we bring the best of world music straight to the Tramshed.


We begin the night with Makindu, a musical duo of tabla and clarinet celebrating music as divine language. Drawing on deep cultural roots, shared journeys and inspired collaborations, together they travel new sonic pathways.


Our second act of the night will be the award-winning London Bulgarian Choir is a vibrant, sociable and open-hearted group of singers embracing all nationalities, ages and abilities.

The choir was founded in 2000 by Dessislava Stefanova (Dessi), a former singer with the legendary Philip Koutev Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble in Sofia, and thanks to her patience and dedication this group of largely non-Bulgarian singers has become a performing tour de force, winning hearts and minds from the Welsh valleys to Bulgaria’s mountain villages.

From its early days as a handful of singers, the choir has grown into an extended ensemble bringing its repertoire of traditional Bulgarian songs to concert halls, churches, nightclubs, galleries, festivals, embassies, village squares and even a barge on the River Thames.


The choir’s notable achievements include winning BBC Radio 3 Open Choir of the Year in 2006, featuring as one of Joan Armatrading’s Favourite Choirs on BBC Radio 4 in 2008, and performing at Westminster Abbey in 2010. They have collaborated with numerous rock, jazz and classical musicians, among them British Sea Power at Glastonbury, Doves at the 2009 BBC Electric Proms, the English Chamber Orchestra in 2011, with renowned Welsh singer Cerys Matthews in 2012 and 2015, and pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor in 2013, and with Xbox on the soundtrack of the game Halo 4.

Sounds of the World is a partnership between South East musician and promoter Ganga Thapa and Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre.  ‘We live in a remarkably diverse society, but sometimes we forget our communities because of lack of time’ (Ganga Thapa).