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BSB Shunyi Student Musicians Head to New York

June, 2015
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victoria-baek-bsb-shunyiTwo musicians from The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi have been selected to perform in Nord Anglia Education’s inaugural Global Orchestra in New York.

Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium international schools organisation, offered the opportunity for talented musicians and singers from their family of schools to be part of its first ever Global Orchestra. Over 23,700 students across 35 Nord Anglia Schools in 14 countries were invited to audition in March this year for the chance to be selected for the Global Orchestra summer school and perform in New York from 24June to 1July 2015. A global judging panel selected up to three young musicians and singers from each school to create a truly international collective. The judging panel eventually decided on 80 talented individuals comprising of 46 instrumentalists and 34 singers.

The students attending from The British School of Beijing, Shunyi are Alan Wang playing the clarinet and Victoria Baek playing the cello.

Andy Puttock, Principal of The British School of Beijing, Shunyi said, “We are extremely proud of Alan and Victoria, as they worked hard to win their place in the Global Orchestra. I’m sure that playing with peers from all over the world in New York will be a wonderful learning experience for them.”

Victoria Baek said, “I’m so glad to go to New York and meet other new people with musical talents. The opportunity to work with the Julliard School is a very exciting experience in my life. I practiced my music before going to New York, so I could play better. I wish the day to go to New York will be as soon as possible!”

During the trip, students will participate in inspiring workshops and practice sessions guided by experts. The students will also be privileged to visit The Juilliard School, which has created a special program of interactive performances with teaching artists in the fields of dance, drama, and music.

Mark Orrow-Whiting, Director of Curriculum and Student Performance said, “Our Global Orchestra challenges outstanding young musicians and singers from our schools around the world to build on their talents and develop new skills as they perform as an ensemble from scratch in New York.

These 80 students were selected from hundreds of auditions from our schools and they should be proud of their achievement. They will now participate in a memorable and inspiring week which not only celebrates their musical skills and the joy of performance, but also develops valuable skills such as creativity, collaboration and confidence.”

The Global Orchestra is one of the unique international experiences offered exclusively through Nord Anglia Education’s Global Campus. Students from the group’s 35 schools around the world learn together every day through online, in-school and worldwide experiences designed to nurture key transferable skills. The Global Campus encourages students to be ambitious and set their sights higher by fostering a global perspective throughout their learning.

 

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