Hear it Live!

Join us to hear performances and talks based on the variety and diversity of our musical instrument collection.

9 May

Hear a unique performance by renowned sitar player Baluji Shrivastav OBE and talented tabla player Linda Shanson during this month’s Hear it Live!

Baluji Shrivastav OBE

Baluji Shrivastav OBE is one of the world’s leading composers and sitar players. Described as ‘sitarist to the stars’ (Evening Standard), he has performed and recorded with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Massive Attack, Madness, Shakira, Malu, Boy George & Doves.

Baluji is signed to Naxos World ARC with over fifteen releases of classical and world music fusion. His compositions include works for orchestra, theatre, dance, film, television and radio.

Selected credits include Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, 20th Century Fox’s New Girl, NBC’s Outsourced and the world’s only Urdu opera Sohini and Mahival, which he composed with Golden Globe and Oscar Winner Dario Marianelli.

Baluji Music Foundation is a registered charity established principally to promote the participation of disabled people in music featuring The Inner Vision Orchestra of professional blind musicians.

Linda Shanson

Linda Shanson (also known as Shanovitch) is an artist/producer, co-founder of Baluji Music Foundation and manager of the Inner Vision Orchestra. She has a BSc Hons in Anthropology and has researched and worked in Mexico.

She is a published author, recently winning first prize in the Elmbridge short story competition. As a singer/songwriter, she has several albums with Jazz Orient/Re-Orient on ARC Int. Ltd. and has performed extensively in the UK, Europe and Oman.

She composes and sings in various musical styles including Indian vocals, plays tabla percussion and has studied and performed Indian Classical dance. Her extra-vocal improvisations have earned her the title of “Bjork on Helium” by the London Evening Standard.

In a review of the album Bird Dancer, Jazzwise magazine said “her voice in particular is striking and expressive throughout.” She has worked extensively with her husband Baluji Shrivastav OBE as a performer and producer of many innovative projects.

About Hear it Live!

Hear it Live! often includes performances on our four historical keyboard instruments, three of which, from the former Finchcocks Musical Museum, were restored to playing condition thanks to National Lottery funding.

The instruments are:

  • A rare surviving example of a signed Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668;
  • A beautifully-preserved square piano by Adam Beyer, London, 1777;
  •  A 1772 Kirckman harpsichord; and
  • A handsome English chamber organ, possibly by Joseph Beloudy, London, c.1800.

Find details of previous performances you can still watch below.

Watch one of the previous performances


The Hear It Live! recordings were made possible through the generosity of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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