They are just musicians but when they come together, they can overwhelm their audience with the unmeasured delight. Mumbai too will be overpowered by their performance when this weekend BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will play at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
The visit marks concerts, educational workshops and exchange between students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the KM Music Conservatory of Bollywood composer AR Rahman. Composer James MacMillan will lead the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by violinist Nicola Benedetti and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The visit, in partnership with the British Council and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is the centerpiece of the orchestra's activities leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The line-up of the performance includes chosen works by some of the best known western classical music composers – Mendelssohn, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. The Orchestra is on a three city tour to India, visiting Chennai and Delhi besides Mumbai.
"This will be my very first trip to India and I am so excited. It's a highlight of my coming year because as well as playing some wonderful concerts, the orchestra and I will be staying in each of the cities for a few days, giving workshops and getting involved with the local communities," says Nicola.
On Day 1, animateur and music education expert Paul Rissmann will join the Orchestra, Benedetti and MacMillan to present a special programme for young audiences and families - 'An Introduction to the Symphony Orchestra for the Entire Family.', presenting the genre in the form of animation and projections. On second day, the orchestra will present Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, Mozart's Violin Concerto No 5 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4.
When and Where: On April 5 and 6 at 11.30 am and 7.30 pm respectively at the NCPA's Jamshed Bhabha Theatre