The Bangalore School of Music presented its young student artistes in diverse ensembles

The auditorium in the Alliance Francais was jam-packed with family and friends, all come to fondly hear their little maestro perform, in the Bangalore School of Music (BSM) concert called Future Forward an Endless Spiral to Perfection. It was a platform for over a hundred musicians to show off their skills on a variety of instruments.

Naomi da Gama Rose senior faculty of the BSM opened the musical evening by saying, “The Bangalore School of Music takes pride in presenting its Student Artistes in diverse Ensembles, keeping its commitment to building the next generation of performing Artistes. No event is as special to us as this evening’s programme where our little wonders will perform for us.”

On an impressive note, a 16 member Keyboard Symphonia began the opening fanfare, with a Concerto for Trumpets by Vivaldi followed by Dutch Rhapsody by Henry Pool conducted by Maxwell P.J. After which the 30 member Children’s Choir of Sukrupa Foundation, one of the Music School’s Outreach initiatives sang ‘Una Paloma Blanca’ and ‘We Shall Overcome’ to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals. The children, who were of different age groups, seemed thrilled to be applauded by a hall full of music lovers.

The evening’s programme had 17 different groups of musicians performing. There were Flute and Piano Duos, a Flute and String Quartet, the popular young Maestro’s Quartet, several Guitar Ensembles, a Concorde of Violin and Cello and Piano Duos who performed music of the great classical masters like Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Kreisler and Weber among others.

Sonatina in C by WA Mozart was played as a piano duet by Aishwarya Vishwamitra and Nikhil Bose. There is definitely the promise of a performer in Nikhil as he executed his part of the duet with great dexterity and clarity. The violin trio of Chinglang, Darshini and Jane rendered a soulful ‘Amazing Grace’ which warms the heart of any listener, with its hypnotic and moving tune.

The String Consort with Avehi Singh, Chinglang, Gowri Jhadav, Meera Ganeshan, Ashley D'souza, Karan Sharma, Dimant Yadav, Sudha Rao and Aditi E enchanted the audience with Pachelbel’s Canon in D, and WA Mozart's Rondo in G. It was their performance of Minuet and Trio by Schubert which drew them a long and deserved round of applause. The young conductor Prasun Lomjail, held the group of nine violinists together admirably and they are lucky to have such an encouraging and talented conductor.

The BSM is famous also for its classical guitar ensembles and all the evenings guitarists were a treat to listen to. The Guitar Ensemble with Jason Das, Aditya Srinivas, Aniket Amarnath, Dhruva Vorkady, Sutejas Chari and Chinglen Thokchom enthralled the audience with Irish Washerwoman, White Cockade, Fairy Dance and Boogie Blues, which had the audience clapping along. The Guitar Trio of Harshavardhan, Hamsa Settlur and Himanshu were rather special with Modhina, Gigue and the familiar Mrs. Verrall’s Air, performed with amazing finger control.

To close the evening, Aruna Sunderlal the founder director of the BSM congratulated all the faculty of the BSM who had worked for three months to bring together the event.