Today was also the first time we were going to rehearse in the concert venue itself, instead of the school.
First up were the string players who went over to the community hall to rehearse their string orchestra piece. The wind and percussion players had some extra time in the hotel to practise their individual parts. Then we switched over so the wind band could rehearse. After a rehearsal with everyone, and a quick lunch break, we had a full run through of the concert. This was the first time that we had played through all the pieces one after the other. It went really well and we were all feeling much more confident about the concert this evening.
We then went back to the hotel to get ready for the concert and to make sure we were all smartly dressed. Lots of parents came to attend the concert and it was lovely to see them supporting the BISS students. Finally the hour had come and it was concert time! The whole thing was a huge success, and everyone felt very proud of themselves. We even got a standing ovation at the end! It was a fantastic experience to perform in front of a big audience and with over 100 other students from different schools. There were even some professional musicians helping us which was very inspirational and we learnt a lot from how they performed during the concert.
The whole trip was very inspiring for all the students and staff involved. It was an extremely exciting experience and one that pushed all the students out of their comfort zone, but ensured that they all challenged themselves, worked hard and will hopefully inspire them to keep being ambitious.
Below are some quotes from our parents who attended the concert:
“Sensational performance! It’s amazing that the students can accomplish such a high standard within such a short time frame. Their dedication and perseverance are worth praising. My son didn’t complain a single word for the long hours of rehearsal, instead he said it had been fun!”
“Fantastic performance and our children did really great. Our children had a great, memorable experience that will motivate them to further fine tune their skills and love for music.”
“Oh wow, what a wonderful and brilliant concert! Our kids seemed to have such a great time (even though their lips are hurting!) They are incredibly happy and proud of themselves.”
Charlotte Rakowski, Head of Whole School Music