GSIS music students shine at ISCMS XI

This year’s ISCMS Music Festival (ISCMS XI) offered a professional music platform for our 19 participating music students, Ms Haines and Mr Kim to share a passion for collaborative music making and creativity, alongside 350 students and 54 teachers of 23 nationalities from 22 participating schools from Asia, Australia and the Middle East!

On 3rd February 2018, 21 hours of rehearsals culminated in a production of world-class performances in the Suzhou Cultural Arts Centre. ISCMS gave our participants an unrivalled and memorable experience to develop and grow as musicians through musical engagement with major choral and orchestral works.

The grand finale piece of the Gala Concert was a breath-taking performance of ‘Carmina Burana’, an epic Cantata composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936. Such masterpiece demands world-class soloists and the choir was joined by Juliet Petrus to sing Soprano and Chenye Yuan to sing Baritone. The concert was stunning and inspiring from beginning to end.

Laetitia (violin) did a stellar job as Assistant Concert Master and our orchestral students worked alongside the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra to maximise musical collaboration at a professional level. Another highlight of the concert was the commission from Sam Wu with his world premiere of "Feng Qiao Ye Bo" (枫桥夜泊), based on a popular ancient Suzhou poem.

Mr Nathaniel Gao, the Big Band Director, who is a saxophonist and composer, led the Big Band Concerts, featuring excellent solo performances from our very own Shannon (saxophone) and Valerie (voice).

Participating in a festival like ISCMS enriches students in many ways and is an excellent example of learning outside the classroom. Our students were outstanding ambassadors for GSIS, not only through their musical talents, but also their impeccable behaviour, manners, kindness and social interaction with fellow students and teachers.

Congratulations to Jeffrey, Arianna, Jankin, Laetitia, Valerie, Nicole, Charlotte, Alvin, Andrea, Kalista, Charlotte, Shannon, Carolyn, Jade, Thomas, Ashley, Matthew, Stephanie, and Rulan. Thank you to the stellar work of Ms Haines and Mr Kim, who gave so much care and attention to all our students.

We are so proud of what you have achieved.

Canice Gleeson
Director of Music