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!
On Wednesday 25 April, 21 students from Glee Club, VivaVoce and Primary Choir at ISH sang at the ANZAC memorial service. As part of the ceremony, the students sang a hymn (abide with me), the Dutch, Australian and New Zealand national anthems. The ceremony took place at the Westduin cemetery and was attended by the Australian and the New Zealand ambassadors as well as other Dutch officials. Our students represented ISH with great dignity and sang beautifully. The ambassadors themselves were very moved by the singing and have taken the time to come and talk to the students and to thank them for their participation in this important day.
By Tomoko Ogusu
We would like to leave with the student's own impression and words of this event:
"The whole experience was quite cool and exciting. From rehearsals, to making harmonies with my fellow students from primary and secondary, to actually performing at such a special ceremony. Performing for Ambassadors and other dignitaries was very thrilling. All the important people made me nervous at first but I felt much better once we started singing. I feel very honored and privileged that I was part of something that remembers and celebrates fallen heroes. Y6 Jacinta M. Santiago (Primary Choir)"
"This was my first time attending a memorial ceremony and it was a really unique experience. I was very honored to meet the ambassadors from Europe and Australia and I was also very moved by their speeches along with the life stories of the soldiers who died in the war. It was such a lovely opportunity for us Secondary students to collaborate and sing with the Primary students which I found very enjoyable. It'd be great if we can do these kinds of events more often where students from different choirs come together to sing for good causes. Y10 Elena Liu (VivaVoce)"
"The ANZAC event was wonderful to participate in. The emotional, political, and cultural significance that the event holds is powerful. The speeches, memorials, and honors that were given were very moving so I'm glad to have contributed in setting the solemn, moving atmosphere. Observing this event was interesting too, because of the important people who attended, and because it was the first memorial service I have attended (and participated in). I really like how people from countries all over the world are brought together for a common, peaceful cause. Y12 Theo Edge (Glee Club)"
Idan Goldwasser (MDMC), Dina Titan (Primary Music), Tomoko Ogusu (Secondary Music)
On Wednesday 28th March, the ISH-ESH Joint Concert took place in the MDA, with the opening speech given by ISH Secondary Vice Principal, Ms Kerry Gray.
By Tomoku Ogusu
Musicians from various groups including the ISH Senior Jazz band, ISH VivaVoce, ESH Jazz Band and the ESH Choir shared their excellent musical talents in the 1 hour 30 minute-concert. A huge thank you to the ISH Parents Association, ISH Y13 Prom Committee, ISH communications Team, ISH ICT, as well as the Concierge Team and the ESH Music Department for their great support and encouragement. Our success this year has made us even more eager to host the ISH-ESH Joint Concert next year.
Some appreciative feedback from ISH students -
"I am a member of the ISH Senior Jazz Band and have been in this band for 2 years. Last week's joint concert with ISH and ESH was a huge success. Despite having little time for joint rehearsals we really managed to make a wonderful performance out of it. It was also a good mix of different pieces which made the concert enjoyable until the very end. I think it's always fun to watch and listen to other musicians perform their songs but playing with them really made this concert extra special. Even though I'll be leaving ISH this year I hope that this was the first of many more ISH/ESH concerts in the future." -ISH Y13 Maurita Bloembergen-
"The concert was an amazing experience, especially since the ISH and ESH music department collaborated for the first time and seeing different groups from both schools coming together was incredible. I'm part of ISH' Viva Voce choir and we don't always collaborate with other groups in the music department so, performing with the ISH jazz band as well as ESH was definitely a breath of fresh air. Each performance that night was outstanding and I was hooked on every moment, from the 2 jazz bands' "Watermelon Man", to ESH choir's "Evening Rise", to the teachers' duets... everything was enjoyable. As for our part, I hope Viva Voce' hard work these past few months had paid off and we had provided the audience with enjoyable performances; I personally don't know how we did exactly but it was a nice reward when a stranger I met after the concert praised us and said how much she enjoyed the event. Overall, I must say there was never a dull moment that evening." -ISH Y10 Audrey Nguyen-