More than 60 students from Years 8 to 13 spent their October break in London as part of the Music Performance Tour. They made music with and for local students from Monk's Walk School and The Chelsea Group of Children, enjoyed Wicked live at the theatre, and visited the Shard and The Globe Theatre.
Group leaders were Mr Jones & Mr Smeets, with Ms Nieuwkoop - Read, Ms Balasu, Ms Fallenuis, Ms Melker and Mr Nainggolen.
Although Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world, Music is often seen as a universal language. No matter where you are in the world, music always seems to leave a lasting impression. Last Monday, our ISH orchestra had the opportunity to touch the lives of many with their incredible performance at the Grote Kerk. They collaborated with an organization called "Stichting Present" and delivered a tremendous performance under the direction of Mr Jones and Ms Balasu.
Their performance left a lasting impression on the guests that came to watch them play. From elderly people to people with mental impairment, our Orchestra was able to use their talents to deliver a performance that truly touched the hearts of all the guests. This is what the Project Coordinator, Shari van den Hout had to say about the performance.
"Please let the students know how much they had a positive impact on the 100 guests. There were elderly people, people with mental impairment, clients of the Salvation Army and their women shelter, refugees, youth getting back on track and many other guests from all walks of life. Thank you for helping with the folding, and for doing this kind act of charity and social education through music".
After the performance, the guests enjoyed a meal prepared by the team of Brasserie Up, which is a project for former drug addicts working on earning a catering degree. It was a celebration that brought many people together and one that would not have been possible without the effort of Mrs Balasu, Mr Jones and the ISH Orchestra.
We are immensely proud of Jan Kruijsse, our very talented trombonist for gaining a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London. What a fantastic achievement!! We will be looking on in anticipation to what will undoubtedly be a very successful career in music. Well done!