A unique voice in contemporary classical music
Born in Punjab in 1939, and a long-time resident of the UK, Sohal’s work spans two cultures eloquently and with flair. As a British composer, he writes fluently in the Western idiom: as an Asian composer, he draws heavily on the insights of Indian philosophy.
He combines passion with technical brilliance to further his main purpose: the elevation of the human spirit. His music has been performed worldwide. In 1987 he was awarded a Padma Shri by the Indian government for his services to Western music.
Photo, Janet Swinney
The Divine Song
‘The work hangs together like a tapestry.’
‘…a transcendence all too rarely found.’
Sir Andrew Davis
‘Bold, theatrical and richly sonorous.’
‘Play it again, BBC, as soon as possible.’
Nicholas WilliamsThe Independent
‘…a really individual mind.’
The Naresh Sohal Estate donates $500 to the Mathieson Music School in Calcutta, after the school is hit by Cyclone Amphan.
The Naresh Sohal Estate donates £1,000 to the Royal Academy of Music’s Response Fund, to help students adversely affected by Coronavirus
Tribute plaque in memory of the composer placed at the Royal Academy of Music, London.