Alice Smith has been sending students to The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire near Boston for a number of years now.
This is open to any interested chamber musician to apply to, but the school also sponsors two students' tuition fees annually. This year, Aqila Arimurti (Year 9) and Su Hwa Wei (Year 11) were selected to represent us due to their dedication to music in and out of school. Jun Yi Low (Year 10) had been selected last year and deferred to this year. Here are their testimonies to the experience of the centre. Please check out this site to know more about Apple Hill: http://applehill.org/
"Apple Hill was an extremely enriching experience. It shaped me as a musician and opened doors for the exciting future. I am more inspired than ever to keep practising and trying my best to enhance my skills. Through cooperating and making music with other passionate musicians, I have gained invaluable experiences. I have honed my skills to play in an ensemble, such as playing 4-hands piano and being the supporting instrument (piano) in a quartet. In this beautiful place, I met beautiful people and made beautiful music together. I had the time of my life. This experience is irreplaceable. I can’t be more grateful for this wonderful opportunity provided by school." Su Hwa Wei , Year 12/13 KDO
"I’ve always loved playing with other people; it’s a way that I can be closer to them. but none of my past experiences were as interesting as Apple Hill. What sets Apple Hill apart from my other experiences is that the participants are all ages, from 10 year old boys to seniors, which kind of shocked me a little. I thought the age variety will make me clam up, but I actually made interesting friends and at the end I didn’t want to go home! I like how regardless of age, the people are very supportive of each other. In the lessons, the instructors were really helpful, especially the one coaching my quartet. He taught us about phrasing and body language." Aqila Shafa Arimurti, Year 10Q
"This camp proves that one can work with absolutely anybody when it comes to playing music. All in all, it was a really intriguing experience. '
Apple Hill was truly a magical experience. We played together as chamber groups and performed our pieces at the end of the ten day camp. But this wasn't just a camp where people from around the world had a chance to play music together. The friends I made, the ridiculous activities we did and the many inside jokes we now share definitely made me thoroughly enjoy this experience. The best thing about the camp is probably the fact that I could hear music being played nearly 24/7 wherever I went. This was incredibly inspiring and has made me realise why I still play the violin. Needless to say, those were the best ten days of my life." Jun Yi Low, Year 11P
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