Keys of Change arrived in India in 2013. In collaboration with Indian organisation Pied Pipers, our musicians took part in two 10 day projects with musical activities for people living in extreme poverty in and around Kolkata, putting together performances in a variety of locations, including slum communities, schools for children of sex workers, orphanages, music schools, hospitals and home for the elderly, reaching out to an audience of more than 2,500 people. The main purpose of these visits was to reach out to as many children and young people as possible living in difficult conditions, perform music for them, and use music as a tool of communication and positive interaction. Return projects have been scheduled in the near future. We are particularly proud to have included for the first time in a project local musicians, that played music for their own community, committed to continue teaching music in the months to come, creating sustainable musical possibilities within the community.
Between 2014-16 Keys of Change supported the Kolkata Youth Orchestra, a group of musicians, many of which come from deprived backgrounds. In November 2014, Keys of Change organised a concert for the KYO in one of the main concert halls of the Kolkata, and organised a two week project in which the young Indian musicians took part in rehearsals, sectionals and coachings from several European musicians. In 2016, Keys of Change returned to Kolkata, organising a two week music camp led by musicians from Europe and Japan, culminating in two public performances, with the largest Western symphony orchestra to perform in Kolkata.