Hitting high notes

Hitting high notes

Hitting high notes

Bangalore has talent was the buzzword at the delightful Annual High Achiever’s Concert that was held at St Mark’s auditorium recently.
Basically a forum for teachers of Western Classical Music and their students from all over the City to come together on a single platform, the range and virtuosity of the musical talent on display was truly excellent.

Since the eligibility factor limited participants only to those who had scored extremely well in their music exams, it was to be expected that the performances would be of a very high standard. And they were.

The hall was packed with talented young people, some carefully cradling their violins and bows, others waiting for their names to be called out in order of the performances listed.
With their freshly scrubbed faces  glowing with anticipation, they sat in perfect disciplined silence while the concert was in progress.
A matter of credit to their teachers and parents, who were also present in the      audience.

The programme was an interesting mix of  performances, ranging from classical piano and violin pieces from  the great composers of yesteryears to electrical key boardists, cellists, drummers and guitarists.

Adding to the interesting variety were classical singers (not commonly heard) and musical theatre performers who were superb.

Young Jasiel Peter from The Bangalore School of Music had the distinction of receiving the rolling trophy for his violin-playing for the seventh time — a record-breaking feat. His sister Joy, also an accomplished player,  performed.
What was especially moving were the differently abled students like Shalini Menon, Nivedita and a couple of others who excelled on the same platform without any margin granted to them because of their disabilities.

“As one of the founding members of this forum, it has been wonderful to see so much talent emerge over the years in the Western classical music tradition. We are also lucky to have so many benefactors like Ravi Thamboochettty, who has instituted several trophies in honour of his mother, a renowned violinist,” said Frances Lynn, a board member.

Neecia Majolly brought a slightly different concept to the otherwise strictly classical programme with her excellent students performing under the aegis of the  LCME (a London-based exam).

The excerpt of musical theatre from the Mikado by Sangita Santosham and a few classical verses by Leanne Pais and Judith Philip were like ‘a breath of fresh air’, remarked some members of the audience.