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21 June 2015

  • global orchestra

This year, Nord Anglia Education offered the opportunity for talented musicians and singers from our family of schools, including BIS Abu Dhabi, to be part of our first ever Global Orchestra.

Back in March, auditions were open for over 23,000 students across 31 Nord Anglia Schools, in 13 countries. Those students were auditioning for the chance to be part of the Global Orchestra summer school and play in New York from 24th June- 1st July 2015.

Each school held their own auditions and the top performers were then invited to share a recorded audition with a global judging panel. The judges then selected up to three young musicians and singers from each school to create a truly international collective.  The judging panel eventually decided on 80 talented individuals comprising of 46 instrumentalists and 34 singers, including our very own Melissa Locke playing the violin, Isabelle Engles in the choir, and Rolane Abdelsayed, also in the choir.

Many congratulations to everyone who auditioned; the judges saw an exceptional number of talented individuals and they had to make some very tough decisions.  particularly our students –

During the trip, students will participate in inspiring workshops and practice sessions guided by experts. The Juilliard School have designed an exciting programme to give students a taste of the three disciplines they teach – music, dance and drama.

The Global Orchestra will allow young musicians from around the world to learn from each other, to perform together and to build their creativity and confidence as performers and global citizens. As well as exposing students to a wide range of musical experiences, the Global Orchestra summer school in New York will cultivate open-mindedness as students embrace the culture of the city and build friendships with peers from around the world.