Children from across ABC International School, BVIS and BIS have all taken part in first round auditions, semi-finals and then on Tuesday 16th October they took part in the final for the Young Musician Competition, an annual celebration of music from our younger soloists.
The Primary Young Musician of the Year 2018 Competition has grown this year to include our sister FOBISIA school ABC. The competition started with only BIS almost 8 years ago, we added BVIS in 2016 and this year invited ABC International School to join the celebration of music. Each child has had to go through two rounds of auditions to make it to the grand finale, which was held on Tuesday 16th October in the BIS Secondary Theatre. From the first to the last round nearly three hundred children have taken part across the three schools but only fifteen made it to the final performance. Our judges, Ms Georgina Hardiman (Head of Secondary Music at BVIS), Mr Gareth Groves (Head of Visual and Performing Arts at ABC) and Mr Ian Alexander (Director of Music at BIS), had a challenging decision to make and had many conversations about who should win the prestigious title of Young Musician of the Year 2018.
Our young performers excelled on the piano, guitar, ukulele, violin and cello and for the first time ever, the kit drum too. We heard music from Schubert, Handel, Mozart and Shostakovich. Our audience was thrilled to also hear music from our two previous winners Anya Chakrabarty from 2016 playing on her violin and Caitlin Chua from 2017 performing confidently on her cello. A huge well done to our finalists: Wei Jie (Bon) Ng, Bao Quyen (BQ) Nguyen, Bach LUU, Bach LUU, Tuong Anh Ngo, Harry Zhang, Quang Hien (Henry) Bui, Lilly Lee, Zhen Yang Chew, TaeHwan Shin, Catherine Ko, and Duc Tri Tran. These young performers have worked incredibly hard to get to this final stage of the competition and have also shown wonderful musicianship in their support of each other. Special congratulations go to our top three performers who this year are; Khang Nguyen (ABC) who came third and performed a solo on the kit drum; Dolly Nguyen (BIS) who came second overall and performed expertly on the piano; and our winner of the 2018 Young Musician of the Year Competition Johnny Nguyen (BIS) who performed the very mature and emotional piece of Nocturne in C# minor by Chopin.
Well done to everyone who’s taken part and I look forward to hearing many more entries again next year. Thank you to all those who have supported and hopefully we can continue to share in the delights of our children as they continue to grow as marvelous musicians.
Mrs Frances Amos, Music Teacher