Hyderabad Youth Ensemble - Concert at Hill Fort Palace - 15th November

Hyderabad Western Music Foundation in collaboration with Lakshmi Nambiar’s inBOX is pleased to present:

Hyderabad Youth Ensemble in Concert @ The Hill Fort Palace

Sunday, 15th November – 5:00 pm


The Hyderabad Youth Ensemble is an orchestral ensemble comprised of young musicians from the twin cities. After several weeks of rehearsals with conductor Joe Koster, these young musicians are eager to present a new programme of repertoire.

The concert will include a wide variety of works not only for orchestra, but also duets, trio, quartet, which will feature the music of composers such as Handel, Pachelbel, John Williams, Ibert, Ravel and the Beatles. Come and support these young musicians in what promises to be an exciting and eclectic concert at a truly unique venue, the former Hotel Ritz. All are welcome Entry free.

Do not miss the opportunity to visit the inBOX exhibition, one of the largest exhibitions of three dimensional artworks in India. inBOX is open daily 11-6pm, until November 22.




1.            Canon in D - Johann Pachelbel (1653 –1706)
Canon in D is Pachelbel’s famous composition and one of classical music’s most recognized and enduring pieces.  Performed by Ritu Gopal (violin), Niki Shukla (violin), Tania Shukla (violin), Vrishank Singhania (violin,) Eshaan Bhansali (cello) and Joe Koster (keyboard).

2.            Water Music, Suite in F – Minuet, Air, Bourree and Hornpipe, Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 – 1759)
Water Music, which is comprised of three orchestral suites, was originally performed in 1717 on a floating barge in the middle of the River Thames at the request of King George I of England.   Performed by the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble.

3.            Sarabande from Suite in D, Georg Friedrich Handel (1653 – 1759)
The regal sounding Sarabande is from Handel’s Keyboard Suite in D minor. An orchestral arrangement of this piece was heard in Stanley Kubric’s 1957 film, Barry Lyndon.  Performed by the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble.

4.            Merry Widow Waltz, Franz Lehar (1870 - 1948)
The Merry Widow Waltz is from Lehar’s operetta The Merry Widow first performed in Vienna in 1905.  Performed by the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble. Video: https://youtu.be/8WehC8TWLAs

5.            Jurassic Park, John Williams (1932 - )
John Williams is an American composer best known for his film scores.  The soundtrack for Jurassic Park was nominated in 1994 for a Grammy award in the category of Best Instrumental Score.  Performed by the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble

6.            Pirates of the Caribbean, Klaus Badelt (1967 -  )
Highlights from Klaus Badelt’s score from the blockbuster 2003 hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.   Performed by Hyderabad Youth Ensemble. Video:


7.            Pavane pour une Infante Defunte, Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Although the title “Pavane  for a deceased princess” sounds mournful, Ravel’s intention was to capture a the image of a daydreaming 16th century Spanish princess dancing to this haunting and expressive piece. Performed by Hyderabad Youth Ensemble.

8.            Mazas Duet Op. 38, Jacques Ferol Mazas (1782 – 1849)
Mazas was a French composer, conductor and violinist primarily known for his string trios and duets.  Performed by Ritu Gopal (violin) and Vrishank Singhania (violin). Video:


9.            Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Harold Arley and E.Y. Harburg
Made famous by the iconic Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, this song won the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Original Song in 1940.  Performed by Noah Michael (Saxophone) and Joe Koster (keyboard).



10.          Arwen’s Vigil, The Piano Guys (Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson and Al van der Beek)
An original composition by the YouTube sensation The Piano Guys.  This piece was inspired by the character of Arwen from J. R. R. Tolkien’s  novel The Lord of the Rings.  Performed by Eshaan Bhansali (cello) and Aditya Bhansali (keyboard). Video: https://youtu.be/oDGKI8Sf4R0

11.          Deux Interludes, Allegro vivo, Jacques Ibert
Although Ibert was a French composer, Deux Interludes has a distinctive Spanish flavor.  Listen for the scorching violin and melancholy flute.  Performed by Ritu Gopal (violin), Nicole Connolly Bhatia (flute) and Joe Koster (keyboard). Video: https://youtu.be/pIKS3wxBtcA

12.          In My Life, Lennon – McCartney- Lennon 
In My Life was released on the 1965 Beatles Album, Rubber Soul, and was named number 23rd on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.  Performed by Hyderabad Youth Ensemble. Video: 



There are places I remember all my life
Though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain

All these places have their moments
Of lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I loved them all

And with all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new

And I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I loved you more

And I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I loved you more
In my life I loved you more

This evening’s programme features the following talented members of the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble:

First Violin:                         Ritu Gopal, Tania Shukla and Anirudh Cholasamudram
Second Violin:                  Niki Shukla, Vrishank Singhania, Aditya TB, Vineet Chaturvedi, Celsa Almeida and Sarika Chennur
Cello:                                    Eshaan Bhansali
Recorder/Saxophone:  Noah Michael
Flute:                                    Nicole Connolly Bhatia
Percussion/Keyboard:  Aditya Bhansali
Conductor/Keyboard:   Joe Koster

Thank you for your support of the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble!  The Hyderabad Youth Ensemble, an initiative of Hyderabad Western Music Foundation, welcomes any opportunity to share their love of music with the community.  To arrange for a private performance or corporate event, or if you’d like to join our ensemble as a musician, please contact Aditya TB at adityatb@gmail.com 8008406340 or Joe Koster at info@hydmusic.com 9912201659.