V. Narayanaswamy (“NS”)

Narayanswamy1He was packed off to college by his parents to do a degree in mechanical engineering. There was no looking back after the fifth year and Narayanaswamy, fondly known as ‘NS’ to all his students and ‘maestro’ to others, took up music, his first love. He joined the B.S.M. eighteen years ago to conduct their small string ensemble which, under his able guidance, has burgeoned to a full fledged Chamber Orchestra today capable of performing a wide range of repertoire. He was also bestowed the additional post of ‘Head of Academics’ in the year 1992. His repute as a musician, conductor and composer is widely known and his simple but complex compositions for the school band have thrilled one and all because of their transparency; quite a few of them have been adopted for the string orchestra with a delightful sprinkling of a few woodwinds.

His first master classes and intense lessons in conducting were with Prof. Neil Thompson from the Royal Academy U.K. In 2003. He had several sessions in various styles of conducting, at the Royal College of Music Stockholm, under the Finnish ‘maestro’ Prof. Jorma Panula, Prof. Per Andersberg & Prof. Jonas Dominique. Other than the well known and recognized band of The Frank Anthony Public School, he has trained the All India Air force Band (at the instance of Air marshal T.J. Master) and the Jat Regimental Band who commissioned him to compose their Regimental march last year. ‘NS’ in fact, remains one of few resident conductors of Orchestra in the country.

Paulette Demello

IMG_6234Mrs Demello began learning music at the age of 6 with the recorder, 2 years later she began learning the piano. She began learning the flute 16 years ago from Prof. H.J.Koellreutter, a German conductor, flautist and composer.

Her experience and skill has been honed over the years, having attended master classes of visiting flautists like Brigitte Buxdorf, of the Conservatoire of Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, flautists of visiting Ensembles and Orchestras from Germany, Holland, UK and other countries.As a member of the BSM Chamber Orchestra conducted by V.Narayanaswamy, she has built a reputation as a fine and sensitive teacher who has nurtured and developed innumerable students in the art of recorder playing.

She believes that, “Music has a positive effect on the whole human being and is a welcome change to the intellectual work that we do most of the time; it also helps us to be in the here and now, even if we play a simple scale, which explains why we feel refreshed after having played music.”