HWMF Academy - new courses for children - start 10th/17th July

HWMF Academy offers 3 new programs for children   

Next course, beginning July 17, 2016 
Our introduction to music class focuses on exposing children to music and developing musical abilities, including rhythmic and melodic skills in an interactive and fun environment.  No prior music experience is required!  The introduction to music class is a great way to determine your child’s interest in music before committing to individual lessons or investing in a musical instrument.  Read more

World Music Day 2016 - Sunday 26th June - 10am onwards


Hyderabad Western Music Foundation (HWMF) conducts the program at:

Vidyaranya High School (main hall; opps. Secretariat)

Sunday morning, 26th June, 10-12am

We will create a special “Morning mood” for you with famous numbers from Western Classical as J.S. Bach to Pop, Bulgarian Folk music, Jazz, Film melodies to Musical Theatre...showcasing the many colours and genres of music. Featuring a number of Hyderabad and international musicians/singers.

-          Ritu Gopal (violin) & Joe Koster (piano) Both musicans are part of the HWMF Academy’s faculty and Joe heads the HWMF. Ritu and Joe will open the celebration of World Music Day with the famous melody “Morning Mood”, a classical composition by Edvard Grieg.

-          Violin-Quartet: Tania, Niki, Ritu & Vrishank are part of the Hyderabad Youth Ensemble and Indian National Youth Orchestra. They will play G.F. Telemann’s Concerto for 4 violins in D-major.

-          Bharathi & the Silent Voices (Bulgarian Folk Music)

Singers: Bharathi, Aila, Haritha, Alekhya, Asha Kiran, Riti, Sana, Sindhura

Bharathi Palivela is a Carnatic musician and a graduate of the Berklee college of music, Boston. Bharathi was one of the lead vocalist in the World music band, Indian ensemble, Improvisation and Middle Eastern ensemble at Berklee.

-          Saachi & Sarika Chennur (violin/vocal) will be playing/singing two numbers from the world of Pop and from Musical Theatre. Saachi received enthusiastic applause during last years’ World Music Day.

-          Crossroad – Tania & Niki Shukla and Divya will be performing: Breakeven by The Script, Crazy In Love by Beyoncé and Crazy by Gnarls Barkley. Crossroad are: two sisters from England and two sisters from America who moved to Hyderabad almost 4 years ago and coincidentally met at the same time, hence the name Crossroad. They have been performing together since then and enjoy playing acoustic covers with a profusion of harmonies. Crossroad is currently one member short as Divya’s sister is now in Mumbai pursuing music.

-          Saxophone Duet: George Hull & Noah, accompanied by Joe Koster on keys, will change the mood from Classical to Swing. George Hull is also part of the HWMF Academy faculty and teaches woodwinds. Noah is one of his talented students.

-          Hyderabad Youth Ensemble         

Violins: Tania, Niki, Vrishank, Celsa, Vineet, Ritu, Sarika

Flute: Nicole

Recorder/Sax: Noah & George

Percussion: Aditya 

Piano/keyboard: Angela, Joe

Special guest: Mélanie LeBlanc (vocal). Mélanie is a professional singer from Canada and presently the vocalist/pianist at The Park Hyatt, Banjara Hills.

The Hyderabad Youth Ensemble is primarily comprised of young musicians who play string, wind or percussion instruments. The aim is to give local talents an opportunity to play in a larger ensemble than they may usually have the chance to. HYE’s repertoire includes works from Classical to Pop and includes pieces as diverse as J.S. Bach Suite No. 3, Forrest Gump, Mission Impossible, Pirates of the Carribean, La vie en rose.


-          Deccan Voices (Choral Ensemble)

Soprano: Haritha – Celsa – Samhita – Shikha – Aila – Rithivika

Alto: Reena – Aparajita – Nicole

Bass: Raghav

Tenor: Murali – Francis – Vineet

Conductor/Accompanist: Joe

Deccan Voices is a bunch of 15 experienced and jovial amateur musicians from varied walks of life and cultures and trained by Joe Koster. Their passion is towards singing diverse styles of choral music. Examples of their repertoire include Phantom of the Opera, Route 66, Man in the Mirror, Bohemian Rhapsody, Sir Duke, Thine be the Glory, I’m beginning to see the light.


The other 8 venue partners (10 Downing Street is cancelled) are:

·         Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad (4pm -8pm)

HWMF Academy kids club; Saachi and Sarika; 4-Him; Anupam, Anil and Shravya; Qhawal; Harini Rao; Rooh – band; Turning Point –band; Outrock – band


·         Alliance Française Hyderabad (4pm -6pm)

Naveen Elias, students of Eva Samuel, Ritu Gopal, Aditya TB, Nathaniel Anthony, Jeffrey Daniel, Noah Michael, Priyesh Manjit Raj, Sujeet Mark, Sidharth Suresh, students of Preetam Venglet


·         The Gallery Café (11am-3pm; 7pm-11pm)

Akram ul Haq, No Hero featuring Aishan, Sarosh & Cheryl, Rinky & Dev, Niteesh Kondiparthy, Ferdinand D'souza Trio, Vidyadhar Raghavan, JhaalMoodyBlues, Samuel Joseph, Chong Chiu Sen from Malaysia

·         Our Sacred Space (4pm - 7pm)

B.Jaya Madhuri ,B Mounika,B Manasa and Harish; Donald Muller, Raymond Kingston, Ferdinand Joshua; Jaywant Naidu; Crescendo Voices Ashrita Dsouza; OctaFret Music Academy : Appasionato; Masters of  Distortion; Khronos; Alchemist; The Treble Makers

·         Saptaparni (6pm-8pm)

            ‘ Western bands – Indian Melodies’  Nottuswaras by Muthuswamy Dikshitar;         Students of Pollaki Suryanarayana; Students of Shambhavi Hariprasath; Dr. Y.    Ramaprabha, Smt.C.Radha, Sri. V.V. Ramanamurthy, Sri. Rakesh

            ·         The Hyderabad Public School (6pm - 10pm)

The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet Beat Group – Vigil; The Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur Beat Group; The Hyderabad Public School Choir; Jazzed Friends; Dennis Powell Trio; Sidharth Bendi; Akhil Kodamanchili; Keith and Ankita D'Rozario; Audio League; The Lazee Weekends 

 ·         Lamakaan (6:30pm - 8:30pm | Hindustani-Carnatic Fusion)

Myriad Hues of Mohana - Sri Raga Music School, Hyderabad; main performer Dr. Bala Tripura Sundari

 ·         Houz of Blues (7pm-11pm)

The Songsmiths; Peace Frog; Nithin & Friends; Trade Circles


 -          Watch short videos from World Music Day Hyderabad 2013, 2014 and 2015





HWMF Academy - 2nd Student Recital - 18th June - 5pm at Alliance F.


Family and friends, we are pleased to announce our second student recital featuring solo, duet, and ensemble performances from HWMF Academy vocal, trumpet, piano, violin and saxophone students.   

Venue: Alliance Française, Banjara Hills

Saturday, 18th June 2016 at 5 pm

We convey our thanks to parents, audience, teachers.. and as Nicole Connolly rightly said:
"Thanks to you students for all your hard work. Maybe you played the best you ever played today or maybe you played better at home without an audience but what is important is that you shared your love and joy of music with us all. Remember because you performed here today you made our day brighter."


1.         Long, Long Ago (T. H. Bayly) - Performed by violinists Madhav , Sriimathy, Sekhar and Gayatri.

2.         Danny Boy - A trio performed by Yash (violin), Kshira (violin) and teacher Ritu (violin).  Danny Boy is a ballad written by Frederic Weatherly and set to the familiar Irish tune, Londonderry Air.

3.        Minuet for 3 Violins (J. S. Bach; arranged by Hatsuho M. Kuwayama) - Performed by violinists Yash, Kshira, Sekhar, Gayatri, Madhav and Sriimathy.

4.         Twinkle Twinkle  - A violin duet performed by Ramya and teacher Ritu.

5.         Pirates of the Aegean  - A trumpet solo performed by  Nathan.  A film-score style piece composed by David Bruce and inspired by the film Pirates of the Caribbean.

6.         Waltz  (Schubert) -  A piano solo performed by Saksath.
7.         Rainbow
– A piano solo performed by Vaishnavi.

8.         Not too Blue -  A piano solo performed by Harshith.

8a        J.S. Bach Prelude in C by Kshira

9.         Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring –A piano solo performed by Daniel.  Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is the last movement of Bach’s Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life).    

10.       More - A vocal duet performed by Shikha and Abhay Garg.  More is the theme from the film, Mondo Cane, and was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song in 1963. 

11.       Country Roads  - performed by vocalists Kheya, Nikhil, Amey and Anand.  This iconic song about West Virginia was initially recorded by John Denver and appeared on his 1971 album Poems, Prayer & Promises.

12.       Little Do You Know – A vocal solo performed by Pranavi.   Little Do You Know was released in 2014 by American pop duo Alex and Sierra, winners of the third season of the American reality television show X Factor.

13.       Where’er You Walk –A vocal  solo performed by Haritha.  Where’re You Walk is from Handel’s musical drama Semele which was based on Ovid's Metamorphoses .

14.       Bach’s minuet - A saxophone solo performed by Govind.

15.       Granite - A saxophone rock solo performed by Aviral.

16.       Somewhere Over the Rainbow  - A saxophone solo performed by Ravi.

17.       Corumba  - A bossanova saxophone duet performed by Aviral and Prasad.

18.       Mister Trumpet Man - A piano solo performed by Rohan.

19.       Waltz Op. 69, No. 2 (Chopin) –A piano solo performed by Puneeth. This waltz was composed by Frédéric Chopin for solo piano in the year 1829, although published posthumously.

20.       Prelude in Db Op. 28, No. 15 (Chopin) – a piano solo performed by Aditya.  This prelude is also known as the “Raindrops Prelude”.  Listen for the repeated Ab played in the left hand which is suggestive of the sound of rainfall.

21.       Negro Spiritual Fantasy for 4 hands -   A piano duet performed by Angela and teacher Joe.  This duet composed by Laura Shur includes the melodies from familiar African American spirituals such as Swing Low, Sweet Chariot , Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen  and Let My People Go.

22.       Danse du meunier - A piano solo performed by Matthew.    Danse du Meunier (Dance of the Miller) is from the 1919 Spanish ballet El Sombrero de Tres Picos with music composed by Manuel de Falla.

Thank you parents, family and friends for your support and encouragement. And a very special thank you to all our talented young and “less young” musicians! 

Your teachers:  Nicole Connolly, Ritu Gopal, George Hull, Joe Koster


Impressions/write-up 1st student recital



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