Simply Schubert – The Bangalore Men on Tour in August

Simply Schubert – an eclectic mix of flowing male-choruses, tender and dramatic lieder and flowing piano solos, presented by The Bangalore School of Music. The program will showcase the musical genius of Schubert, with some of his most beloved choruses for male choir, such as Vier Gesänge, Ständchen (with soprano solo) and Der 23rd psalm, together with immortal lieder such as Erlkönig, Gretchen am Spinnrade and pieces from Schwanengesang. Together with Mr Jonas Olsson (Sweden), Ms Payal John (Pune) and Natallia Kapylova (Belarus/India), the all-male ensemble  of Bangalore School of Music, The Bangalore Men, will transport the audience to green pastures, canals of Venice and loving couples.

The Bangalore Men – an all-male voices ensemble launched in January of 2016, consists of 11 singers, all with many years of previous experience singing in choirs.  The group focuses on western classical music, from eras ranging from medieval music to contemporary, and is conducted by Jonas Olsson, voice faculty at Bangalore School of Music.  The winter season of 2016 saw a program of a cappella music by composers such as Palestrina, Bach, Purcell and Schubert, and was performed in Bangalore and Pondicherry. The group is affiliated with The Bangalore School of Music, and is coached by Maria Forsström (Sweden). Simply Schubert is the group’s tribute to the romantic music of Franz Schubert, and will see performances in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mysore.

Payal John holds an Associate Diploma from Trinity College (London), and has studied under various voice coaches such as Patricia Rozario, Marco Baldari and Chul Young Hur. She is a lyric soprano and her repertoire includes opera, sacred classical music and lieder. She has performed music from several operas, such as Rusalka (Dvorak), La Boheme (Puccini) and The Magic Flute (Mozart). She has also taught in the vocal department of Delhi School of Music for several years, and is also actively involved in the leadership of a youth choir and church choir in Pune.

Jonas Olsson studied singing for Prof. Gunnar Forshufvud at the Gothenburg Conservatory, in parallel of studying music theory and music history. Jonas mainly specialises in sacred concert music, as counter tenor oratorio soloist in the works of Bach, Händel, Monteverdi and Vivaldi, as well as a concert singer of the romantic baritone repertoire, including the oratorios and operas by Mozart, Wagner, Purcell and Mendelssohn. He continues to be coached by Ms Maria Forsström, one of Scandinavia’s most sought after vocal coaches and mezzo-sopranos. Living in Bangalore since many years, he is since September 2015 associated as a teacher at The Bangalore School of Music, where he also leads The Bangalore Men.

Belarus-born Natallia Kapylova has been hailed as a concert pianist—soloist as well as collaborating with other musicians– of exceptional, brilliant and dazzling ability. Exploration of different genres of music, from classical to the present day, with all the best forms of music in-between, is her forte. Natallia commenced her piano training at the age of seven and was under the tutelage of Prof. Yushkevitchat the Belarus State Conservatory where she obtained a highest degree in Classical Piano Performance, Artist of Chamber Ensemble and Concertmaster Diploma. Natallia then worked as Concertmaster at he Belarus Academy of Music and as piano teacher at the Belarus College of Arts.


Friday 19th August 7.30 pm – Alliance Francaise de Bangalore (Bangalore)

Sunday 21st August 7 pm – Jagan Mohan Palace (Mysore)

Saturday 27th August 7 pm – Hyderabad Public School (Hyderabad)


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