students took part in the FOBISIA Music Festival in Beijing last weekend.
Every one of them was a credit to the school for their positivity, energy and
enthusiasm, and all came away buzzing - all the way home!
Congratulations for all they have achieved, musically in particular, but also
socially and culturally. The merry team were Andrew Thiagarajah, Aqila
Arimurti, Isabel Schnitker, James Chong, Jun Fung Ip, Mathilde Bernard and
Here are some of their thoughts on the trip:
My highlights of the FOBISIA Beijing trip would be the gala concert
itself, the rock concert (surprise, surprise), and walking in the cold, and
that includes walking around the Forbidden City.
For me, the gala concert was a smash hit, for such a short time for
practice. I loved all the pieces played, but if I have to choose a
favourite, it's For the Beauty of the Earth. The choir parts combined sounds
really nice, and when a piano accompaniment is added, it sounds even better. I
practiced the piece the most and even without the choir, the accompaniment
sounds beautiful. In truth, I was really happy that this piece was played first
thing in the concert.
I was in the jazz band as my minor activity. It was quite a contrast,
since jazz music is played with more freedom than when playing with an
orchestra, so it gave me time to chill a little. I also enjoyed it very much,
partly because I get to use my guitar (which I really enjoy playing)!
I have always loved playing with other people. It doesn't feel the same
as playing solo, it's still not as easy as you think since we all have to have
"one mind", and we had to repeat various bits in practices (and
sometimes you feel that you can't pull this off). However, at the end of the
day you will feel a huge satisfaction after performing together. Plus, you can
get to know people who have the same interest!
I agree with everyone that we all made new friends, but not only that,
we get to know more about the people who were going with us representing Alice
I was really glad to have this opportunity.
Aqila Arimurti, Year 9
The FOBISIA Music Festival in Beijing was a fantastic experience.
We really had to develop our ensemble skills playing in an orchestra. I
enjoyed all the pieces of music but my favourite was Jesus Christ Superstar,
mainly the trombone solo in the ragtime section when I was playing on the drum
set. Four full days of rehearsals is a very short time to prepare a
concert, but everything actually turned out very well.
I loved the experience of being able to go to Beijing because all of us
had tons of fun leaving aside that it was all so tiring! As I was participating
in my minor section, Percussion, we learnt different skills for tuning the
instrument to various methods of playing an instrument. My minor ensemble (jazz
band) was interesting. Visiting the Forbidden City and going to see the Chinese
Acrobatic Show demonstrate that FOBISIA Music is not just about music but
learning about another culture. And in addition, we also all made new
friends from schools all around Asia!
Andrew Thiagarajah, Year 7
The FOBISIA Beijing trip was a fantastic opportunity to develop our
individual musicianship and to interact with members of other FOBISIA schools.
The trip also led to memorable special experiences such as visiting the
Forbidden City. It being the most historical and largest palace complex
in the world blew my mind away. To be in the midst of the 500 year reclusive
home of two Imperial Dynasties that were overthrown by the Republic was
slightly daunting! It just goes to show that FOBISIA music is not just about
music but of amazing experiences and new friends all over Asia.
As far as the festival went I personally was involved in the Senior
Girls Choir and the Festival Choir. My favourite piece was ‘In My Life’ by the
Senior Choir as it was the piece I worked on most and felt most proud of. At
the start of the festival the choir was a mess. However after 4 days of 6
hour intensive rehearsals focusing on 5 songs (‘Benedictus’ ,’ Beauty Of
The Earth’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘ In My Life’, ‘Zadok the Priest’ ) we
somehow pulled it together! The Concert and practices really gave me a fresh
perspective of how hard work, persistence and a load of throat lozenges pay off
on concert night!
Isabel Schnitker, Year 10
Playing in an orchestra is really challenging! I also played in
the senior strings group and we worked on Slavonic Dance and learnt many
different techniques such as making it suddenly quiet or loud or gradually
getting louder or softer. I also learnt to play on the steel pans.
Besides all the music we were able to experience some of the cultural side of
China. We had loads of fun and also made friends from all over Asia.
Ip Jun Fung, Year 7
Head of Music