On 18th November, Shrewsbury's Music Scholars performed a special one-off recital at the Peninsula hotel. Though experienced at performing in competitions around the world in iconic music venues such Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, this was the first time that Shrewsbury scholars have ever represented Shrewsbury music in an external Bangkok venue. It was a first too for the Peninsula, who have not staged an outside performance like this ever before, and the opulent Lobby Lounge -with the Chao Phraya river and night sky providing the backdrop - was indeed a fitting scene in which to enjoy the extraordinary talents of some of the finest young musicians in Asia.
Just as he had done two days earlier at a hugely successful recital by Shrewsbury's new music staff - world-class musicians in their own right - Director of Music, Mr David Place, had the pleasure of introducing each of the seven scholars in turn. He explained their special contribution to the most exciting school music programmes in Bangkok, and the importance of providing opportunities such as this to both showcase their talents, and challenge them in new and unfamiliar surroundings.
In a varied musical programme, the audience were treated to vocal, piano, flute, violin, percussion and electric guitar performances, from artists and composers ranging from Rachmaninoff to Santana; the latter performed by Year 13 scholar, Matthew, who's induction to the scholars group in his final year at school is recognition not only of his talent, but of his significant contribution to the musical scene at Shrewsbury, especially in terms of contemporary music performances that add such colour to a variety of community events throughout the year. We wish Matthew all the best in his upcoming auditions to top music colleges in America - a popular choice for music scholars as they seek to pursue their passion as a profession.
As we now look ahead to the festive Christmas season, music lovers do indeed have a feast of events to look forward to. On Thursday 26th November, the wider Shrewsbury Music staff - who's professional resumes include careers with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House Orchestra, Thai Symphony Orchestra and even appearances on the soundtracks to some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters - will perform their own recital at the British Club on Silom Road.
At school, meanwhile, we look forward to the Junior "Sparkle and Shine" concert on 10th December, Senior Strings Concert on 14th December, and Choirs and Quartets concert on 16th December. And that all comes after next week's collaboration with the Drama Department in the 3-day stage production of "School of Rock"! Music is indeed alive and well at Shrewsbury!
Our congratulations and thanks to all the music scholars, their teachers and audience for a very special evening, and of course to the Peninsula hotel for such wonderful hospitality.
To find out more about music at Shrewsbury, and our music scholars programme, visit our music page: