The Newman Choir

A bunch of vibrant individuals, who share a passion for sacred music


Fr. J.B.'s genius for music was manifested when he organised and conducted the 600-strong choir for the 38th International Eucharistic Congress Choir held in Mumbai in 1964, which won much acclaim. The Newman Choir emerged from this choir, under his able direction to take classical and traditional sacred music to the public.


The choir is known as the Newman Choir for two reasons:

  1. To perpetuate the memory of the 38th International Eucharistic Congress whose aim had been to help create a NEW MAN in every man.
  2. To acknowledge its debt to the Newman Institute of Religious Culture (Director: Fr. Parmananda Divakar, S.J.), which had taken the then infant choir under its mantle and nurtured it.

Since then, the choir has given many concerts on the public stage, in churches, on radio and TV, from its inception until 1988 when it was temporarily disbanded. There were many music cassettes also produced during this period.

Some performances include:

  • Mozart's "Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339"
  • Schubert's "Mass in G"
  • "Song of the Bride"
  • "The Seven Last Words"
  • "Sing My Soul"
  • "Once Upon a Christmas"
  • "Olivet to Calvary"
  • "Behold Your King"
  • "Goa Sings"
  • "Tribute to the Trinity"
  • "Night of Miracles"


Being a part of the Newman Choir is one of my paths for spiritual growth. Praising and singing to our Lord brings joy to the heart.

- Susan Pereira

Being a part of the Newman Choir has helped me grow spiritually.

-Praxy Gomes


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