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Local schools unite to make music

Published Tuesday 28th of February 2017 11:09:57 AM

ACS Egham International School recently brought together local schools and talented musicians by hosting two concerts: ‘Friendship through Music’ and ‘Young Inspirations’. The ‘Friendship Through Music’ concert, now entering its ninth year, involved ACS Egham students collaborating with students from three other local schools; St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School, Castleview School and Langley Grammar School. The concert’s special guest was Gillian Dibden, MBE, Sainsbury’s Choral Director of the Year 2002, and founder of Taplow Choirs. The concert began with all students performing the stunning choir piece, ‘Imagine’, by John Lennon, followed by each school then showcasing four music pieces. ACS Egham’s Harmony Choir performed ‘We Can Dream’, by Pinkzebra, and the Upper School band known as the ‘Wall of Sound’, showcased their new composition, ‘This Love’. Soloist Nicholas Wong played ‘Polinchinello’, by Villa-Lobos, on the piano and Ileeana Johnson sung her song, ‘Under the Weather’, which was highly commended at the Association for Music in International Schools 2016 Young Composers’ competition. The evening culminated with musicians from all the participating schools collaborating in a spectacular joint band performance of the ‘Cissy Strut’, by The Meters. ACS Egham’s ‘Young Inspirations’ music concert featured talented music students from several schools and conservatories, including the Yehudi Menuhin School, The Purcell School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School. Twelve performers, aged between eight and eighteen, impressed the audience of family, friends and teachers with a wide breadth of repertoire. The students played a range of instruments, including the violin, piano and snare drum. All of ACS Egham’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme music students performed in the concert, showcasing their musical talents and performance skills. Irina Walters, Music Coordinator at ACS Egham, commented: “Music is a powerful and special way of unifying students and it is such a delight to see students from surrounding schools working so collaboratively. Both annual concerts showed a very high level of music making and were a real inspiration to everyone who attended them, remaining extremely popular with students, staff and parents, year on year.”
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