Strauss Reflected with John Suchet, Meeta Pandit & David Murphy

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The Bagri Foundation presents Strauss Reflected, an exciting performance that reveals the emotionally charged lives and music of the Strauss family through music and storytelling.

With his contagious enthusiasm and extraordinary storytelling skills, John Suchet unravels the family’s tensions, dramas and triumphs and provides the audience with key elements to appreciate their music.

The concert sheds fresh light on the shared roots of western and eastern musical traditions with Sinfonia Verdi, conducted by David Murphy, performing some of the most famous orchestral scores of the Strauss masters interspersed with improvised reflections and interpretations of their inner turmoil, by acclaimed Hindustani Classical vocalist Meeta Pandit accompanied by Hiren Chate on tabla.



Johann Strauss I:  Beliebte Annen-Polka
Johann Strauss II: Gunstwerber
Josef Strauss: Sphärenklänge
Johann Strauss II: Tritsch Tratsch Polka; Overture Die Fledermaus; Emperor Waltz
Eduard Strauss: Elektrisch Polka
Johann Strauss II: Blue Danube
Johann Strauss I: Radetzky March

with vocal improvisations by Meeta Pandit accompanied by Hiren Chate on tabla.

John Suchet 

John Suchet presents the morning show on Classic FM every weekday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. He has written the Sunday Times bestseller, The Last Waltz: The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna. John has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by his old university, The University of Dundee, and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his work on Beethoven.


Meeta Pandit

Meeta Pandit is an acclaimed Hindustani Classical vocalist who belongs to the Gwalior Gharana. Granddaughter and disciple of Pt Krishna Rao Shankar Pandit, and daughter of Laxman Krishnarao Pandit, she is the sixth in the unbroken lineage. Her voice, both melodious and robust, whose vocal range stretches over three octaves, and her beautiful raga handling have won her critical acclaim and awards.


David Murphy 

David is a renowned conductor who has garnered an international reputation for an innovative approach to classical music and unique experience of bringing together eastern and western musical traditions. Murphy’s pioneering musicianship has resulted in landmark world premiere performances, notably Amjad Ali Khan's sarod concerto, Samaagam, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Ravi Shankar's Sukanya with the London Philharmonic orchestra. He is a highly experienced Musical Director, having held this position with the virtuoso chamber orchestra Sinfonia Verdi since 1990.


Hiren Chate

Hiren Chate is a professional tabla player and teacher, performing both in India and in the UK at events such as BBC Proms. As a classically trained player, Hiren has been influenced by the Punjab, Delhi and Ajarada Gharana and also draws upon a range of musical genres. He learned to play the tabla from his father, Raghunath Chate, Shri Divyang Vakil, Pt Sudhir Kumar Saxena, and Pt Yogesh Samsi. He has worked with Nitin Sawhney on the film A Throw of Dice and with award-winning composer Niraj Chag.