The Delhi Youth Chamber Orchestra is presenting a concert of Western classical music at Mukta Dhara auditorium on Bhai Veer Singh Marg here on January 23. The orchestra was founded recently by young violin, viola, cello and piano players.

The avowed purpose of the orchestra is to create a platform for young talented musicians of Delhi. It is run purely on a voluntary basis and all expenses towards the running of it are borne by the parents of the musicians.

According to Jogen Khan, who established the orchestra in the hope that it will become a landmark event in the annals of Western music in Delhi, music students slog very hard to master their pieces all through the year before appearing in the music examinations conducted by foreign music institutions. “They all pass in the examination but only the topper of each grade gets a chance to appear before the public to perform for a couple of minutes. The rest of them are lost forever. We are creating a platform for them where they play a variety of music composed by erudite and versatile composers of Western origin in the days gone by.”

Almost all members of the orchestra appeared at different grade examinations conducted by two prominent music colleges based in London and passed with merit and distinction.

The young musicians -- drawn from Mount Carmel, Vasant Valley, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Sanskriti School and Faith Academy -- are aged between 12 and 14 years.