Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th of September presented a new and exciting challenge for Riverside’s strings players. For the first time, some of our most talented performers participated in the Bangkok International String Festival, conducted by the world-renowned musical director and educator, Jonathan Mann.
Shrewsbury was joined by players from Bangkok Patana, Thai-Chinese International School, ISB and others for the live-streamed event in what proved to be a fantastic opportunity to collaborate, share ideas and perform for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was also the first time new Head of Strings, Rowena Calvert had the opportunity to hear her students in a live concert. Ms Calvert was suitably impressed with her instrumentalists given the short amount of time they had to rehearse.
“The Bangkok International Strings Festival was a perfect testament to the hard work and long hours my students have had to wait to perform with their peers. In these times, performers are doing it tough across the globe. To have an opportunity where players join on a stage and perform with all their hearts was a joy to watch and a privilege to be part of. It was a great start to my tenure here at Shrewsbury. I know it was just a taster, so I am really psyched to be a part of the multitude of opportunities ahead,” Ms Calvert expressed.
Equally encouraging was the accolades Shrewsbury received at the conclusion of the event. With the youngest performers of the five schools involved, Shrewsbury was singled out for praise for creating a music program that nurtures so many young talents.
The music-making continues the following weekend with the International Choral Festival and another opportunity for Shrewsbury’s musicians to shine and do what they love best.
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