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The Bombay Chamber Orchestra



Affiliated to the World Federation of Amateur Orchestras

Since its formation in 1962, the Bombay Chamber Orchestra (BCO) has regaled Mumbai audiences with regular performances of a variety of works from the vast classical repertoire.  The orchestra is listed in several international directories of orchestras.  It performs 5-6 concerts a year in Mumbai, often in collaboration with international guest conductors and soloists, and has also performed in Sri Lanka and several other cities in India.  The BCO has the distinction of being the only symphony orchestra in India which performs regularly with a concert standard of performance.  The orchestra’s concerts have been received with acclaim from both, audiences and critics, wherever it has performed.  Visiting musicians are only too happy to work with the BCO and the Society regularly receives requests from overseas musicians and conductors to come to India and perform with the orchestra.  Some of the eminent musicians and musical companies who have performed with the orchestra include :  pianists Walter Gieseking, Kendall Taylor and Piers Lane; violinists Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Nigel Kennedy, Christina Edinger, Bijan Khadem Missagh and Leon Spierer; the Verdehr Trio, the Sadlers Wells Ballet Company and the Viennese Light Operatic Company.

Besides providing Mumbai’s music-lovers the opportunity to enjoy music produced by their city orchestra, the BCO Society serves the dual purpose of filling in, to some extent, the great void created by the lack of a school or academy of music in the city of Mumbai.  It offers free coaching to young students interested in studying orchestral instruments.  It organises workshops by visiting international musicians so that the students are taught the correct basic techniques of playing their instruments.  Instruments are also loaned to students as these are often too expensive for students or their parents to invest in.

The Bombay Chamber Orchestra Society was founded in 1962 as an educational trust, primarily to offer free coaching to the young musical talent of the city in the techniques of orchestral playing and its aim is, not only to offer free music education, but also to create an environment and incentive to encourage young talent to continue to work at the instruments of their choice.  Several young students who made their performing debuts with the orchestra have established themselves in successful careers as professional musicians throughout the world.

The BCO enjoys the support of various cultural organisations, including the British Council, the Goethe Institute and the Alliance Française.  These organisations have loaned or donated instruments, provided practice facilities and sponsored visiting musicians and teachers.  That so much has been achieved, inspite of the lack of a school of music in the city, has drawn great admiration from the visiting artistes who have performed with the orchestra.

The Orchestra invites Guest Conductors and Soloists for its performances .

The orchestra also performes with Choirs and various groups like:


Cantata Choir

Cathedral Choir

Living Voices

Paranjoti Academy Chorus

Hokansson Trio

Verdehr Trio

Members of Junge Philharmonic Brandenburg

O/MODӘRNT chamber orchestra


Ballet/Opera Companies

Sadlers Wells Ballet Company

Viennese Light Opera Company

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