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BISS Puxi’s Musical Ambassadors Join the Global Orchestra

April, 2015
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This summer, Nord Anglia Education are bringing together the finest young musicians and singers from across its 35 schools worldwide in their first ever Global Orchestra, which will be performing in New York. Each school held auditions and put forward five musical ambassadors to the global panel, of whom three have been selected to represent the school.

The British International School Shanghai, Puxi is proud to announce its three musical ambassadors who will be representing the school this summer: Leon Palmgren 6B, Silvia Cassanelli 7S and Helena Smith 12P, all vocalists.

Nord Anglia Education believes in providing its students with unrivalled opportunities to explore their potential and develop into confident, successful young people. The Global Orchestra will allow young musicians from around the globe to learn from each other, to perform together and to build their creativity and confidence as performers and global citizens.

Culminating in a performance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the summer school will create outstanding opportunities for students to develop their musical skills, knowledge and understanding through rehearsals, workshops delivered by experts and peer-to-peer learning. They will experience the vibrant culture of New York, with the chance to see a Broadway show and do a bit of sightseeing, as well as benefit from a bespoke workshop delivered at The Juilliard School.

The three BISS Puxi musical ambassadors shared how they felt about being chosen to represent their school in New York this summer…

Helena Smith: “When I was younger I dreamt of being on stage and singing, however I never felt as capable or as good as others, but I persisted and continued to strive for my dream through hard work and practice. Therefore, achieving this place has in many ways been pivotal in my journey and has been a tremendous confidence boost. Although it wasn’t at all easy and there are still plenty of improvements to be made, I can finally say I’ve come a long way from the little girl singing in her bedroom annoying her older brothers.”

Silvia Cassanelli: “I am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to be the best that I can be, as well as going on an adventurous journey to learn and make new friends. When the judges told me that I got through to the final three, I felt happy and very proud of myself. I am happy to be able to represent my school in New York this summer. I hope I will do well while learning important lessons that will benefit me in the future. I hope for the best.”

Leon Palmgren: “This is crazy. I only thought I was going to be in the top 5, not the top 3. It started on Monday morning. I wasn’t thinking about the New York top 3 at all when suddenly Miss Rakowski knocked on my classroom door and asked if she could borrow me quickly. So I went outside and she told me the news. I was shocked – I nearly cried tears of joy! I was so happy that I thought I could have hugged anyone in the world. In one month and two weeks I will pack my bags: New York, here I come!”


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