On Thursday 17th March, musicians from Years 5 and 6 set off for a musical adventure in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to take part in the FOBISIA Primary Performing Arts Carnival.
Led by Mr Evans and assisted by Mrs Nadarajah and Mr James, our children worked with other musicians from across South East Asia to prepare for the afternoon gala concert on Sunday 20th March, hosted by BIS Vietnam. With the theme “Showtime”, the students performed some great tunes from the stage and screen repertoire such as "The Can-can" and “Phantom of the Opera” for orchestra, “The Rhythm of Life” and “Singin’ in the Rain” for choir, and a combined performance of “The Impossible Dream” as the grand finale. One of the highlights of the weekend was the “FOBISIA’s Got Talent” evening, when each school presented an act of some sort. Alice Smith presented a slightly unusual and ambitious performance which was very well received indeed - synchronised swimming!
Although every minute was accounted for, there was still time to make friends from different schools and learn something new. Yu loved playing in such a large group and said that ‘…it sounds so grand with everyone contributing to the sound we make. When you play in a big orchestra you have to exaggerate the dynamics’.
This year’s PPAC weekend went very smoothly and our children were a credit to the school, in both their musicianship and behaviour. After months of private practice, group rehearsal and a lot of effort we were able to see what can be achieved when we all work together, and no doubt the experience will give the participants fond memories that will last a lifetime.
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