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Our Global Orchestra Musicians

21 April 2015

After a long few weeks of waiting, the final three musical ambassadors who will be representing our school at the Global Orchestra Summer School in New York have been announced. 

  • Our three musicians who will be attending the Global Orchestra in New York this summer

Congratulations to Leon Palmgren 6B, Silvia Cassanelli 7S and Helena Smith 12P. All three singers will be accompanying Miss Rakowski for a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform in New York City along with around 80 other musicians from the 34 other Nord Anglia Education schools around the world.

Nord Anglia Education believes in providing its students with unrivalled opportunities to explore their potential and develop into confident, successful young people. The Global Orchestra will allow young musicians from around the globe to learn from each other, to perform together and to build their creativity and confidence as performers and global citizens.

Culminating in a performance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the summer school will create outstanding opportunities for students to develop their musical skills, knowledge and understanding through rehearsals, workshops delivered by experts and peer-to-peer learning. They will experience the vibrant culture of New York, with the chance to see a Broadway show and do a bit of sightseeing, and benefit from a bespoke workshop delivered at The Juilliard School.

In all, 45 instrumentalists and 36 singers who will be travelling to New York in June. All students who auditioned should feel very proud of themselves as standards were high and the selection panel had to make many difficult choices.

We are extremely proud of all five of the musical ambassadors who were chosen to go forward to the judging panel and only wish there was space for them all to attend. We hope that all our musicians will continue to show their commitment and enthusiasm to school music, and that these three will be able to represent the rest of our BISS Puxi musical community in New York with pride.

We asked our three musical ambassadors how they felt about being chosen to represent BISS Puxi in New York this summer…

Helena Smith, 12P

Being selected as one of the three global ambassadors to go to New York in the summer as part of the Global Orchestra has come as a fantastic opportunity. After months of practice and dedication to the performing arts inside and out of school, I can now feel a sense of achievement for all that hard work. However it doesn't stop here, the next few months will now involve preparation for my participation in the global choir as well as work towards my IB qualification and in particular my Higher Level theatre art course.

When I was younger I dreamt of being on stage and singing, however I never felt as capable or as good as others but I persisted and continued to strive for my dream through hard work and practice. Therefore, achieving this place has in many ways been pivotal in my journey and has been a tremendous confidence boost. Although it wasn't at all easy and there are still plenty of improvements to be made, I can finally say I've come a long way from the little girl singing in her bedroom annoying her older brothers. 

Silvia Cassanelli, 7S

My name is Silvia, and I am one the three ambassadors for the Global Orchestra in New York this summer. I am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to be the best that I can be, as well as going on an adventurous journey to learn and make new friends.

At first the auditions were pretty terrifying, but as soon as I went into the room I felt excited to be auditioning and to represent my school if I was chosen to go to New York. When the teachers told me that I got into the first five people, I was so joyful; and when the judges told me that I got the chance to go to New York, I felt happy and very proud of myself.

I am happy to be able to represent my school in New York this summer, I hope I will do well while learning important lessons that will benefit me in the future. I hope for the best.

Leon Palmgren, 6B

This is crazy. I only thought I was going to be in the top 5, not the top 3. It started on Monday morning. I wasn’t thinking about the New York top 3 at all when suddenly Miss Rakowski knocked on my classroom door and asked if she could borrow me quickly. SO I went outside and she told me the news. I was shocked - I nearly cried tears of joy! I was so happy that I thought I could hug anyone in the worldm so I hugged Miss Rakowski. But I forgot to tell her thank you (and Miss Kane and Mr Davies) for giving me this and that they picked me as one of the top 5 in the first place. In one month and two weeks I will pack my bags: New York, here I come!

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