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Choral Festival Puts the Smile Back on Singers’ Faces


Following on from the successful Strings Festival, Shrewsbury, Riverside’s Choral performers had their turn in the spotlight, joining six other Bangkok-based international school choirs for the 2020 Bangkok International Choir Festival held at ISB.

The two-day festival has its roots in collaboration - bringing together singers from across the city to practice, rehearse and perform songs together. It can be a challenging couple of days as the final performance needs to be as close to perfect as possible.

According to Year 13 student, Prompt, this was the first time in his six years as a choir member that Shrewsbury had participated in the collaborative event and he was pleased with how well everyone acquitted themselves.

“Well everyone interprets the music differently, so getting to know your fellow singers is really important. I am not sure people think of singing and teamwork in the same sentence, but that is exactly what is required at an event like this,” he said.

Year 11 student, Nong-Tae says they were lucky to have Shrewsbury’s Director of Choral, Dr Onyu Park, whose instruction has helped the choral scene go from strength to strength.

“Dr Park is instrumental with the interpretation of the music. Her experience with the technical side and her knowledge of the individual pieces really helps our performances blossom,” She insisted.

All of the singers expressed their gratitude that events such as the Choir Festival were back up-and-running after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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