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The Calcutta School of Music houses a full time orchestra-the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra (CCO), made up of a full fledged string orchestra of professional musicians. The orchestra was created by the Calcutta Foundation and was formally taken over and made a part of the school activities in April 2005. The orchestra is now a permanent landmark of the city of Kolkata.

The Calcutta Chamber Orchestra started with humble beginnings at the Oxford Mission through the kind philanthropy of Father Matheissen. He was a music lover and taught the boys to play various string instruments. Taken over by the Calcutta Foundation it further developed into an orchestra giving several public performances. The CCO was handed over to the Calcutta School of Music in 2005.

The CCO has been performing at several prestigious venues and events and for eminent personalities in the city like H.E the Governor of West Bengal and foreign dignitaries. The orchestra has also performed with world famous maestros and has been involved in many fund raising concerts and in recording a documentary film for the famous film director Mr. Goutom Ghosh. On the 1st of December 2010 the CCO musicians accompanied famous pianist Pervez Mody in the Chopin Piano Concerto in E Minor for the fund raising concert at ICCR. They often perform for the consulates in the form of quartets, trios and chamber groups namely for the Australian, British, American, French and German. This year the orchestra gave a brilliant performance for a pre Christmas concert at the residence of the British Deputy High Commissioner. CCO regularly performs at the lounges of ITC Sonar and Taj Bengal two of the most reputed hotels in Kolkata.

The musicians from the orchestra have performed with the Delhi Symphony Orchestra and at the Goa Music Festival (Monte Festival). The Orchestra has recently recorded a CD with SaReGaMa, sponsored by M Junction, which was released by H.E. the Governor of West Bengal, Shri M K Narayanan, on 1st December 2010. The members of the CCO have played in operas like Fakir of Benaras, The Pearl Fishers and La Traviata, produced by the Neemrana Foundation.
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