After a short but intensive month of learning the challenging music, six boys departed for the International School of Brussels in Belgium to take part in the AMIS Middle School Boys’ Honor Choir Festival in early October.
Charlie, Matteo, Alex, Charlie, Miller and Tiggsy joined another 62 boys from 12 schools from as far and wide as Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates to Paris, Vienna and Luxembourg to form this wonderful and unique choir.
After arriving at the school in the late afternoon, we were greeted by the International School of Brussels music teachers and then by the host families. The boys stayed with their families for the duration of the festival and with whom they had a wonderful time.
On Saturday evening, after 3 days of intensive rehearsals, the choir performed at the school’s theatre and their hard work was rewarded with a very high standard of performance. The programme varied in style from a world premiere piece written especially for the festival, the beautiful ‘Bird of Hope’ to the wonderful music of Karl Jenkins, ‘Adiemus’.
The theatre was full for the concert and included some parents from ISZL who made the journey to Brussels especially for the occasion. The boys sang wonderfully and the concert ended with a standing ovation that was richly deserved.
However, it was not all work during the 4 days! On Saturday afternoon, the choir members with all teachers and chaperones were lucky enough to visit a bespoke chocolatier which provided not only an interesting presentation about chocolate but the chance to taste and buy their wares. It goes without saying that a lot of chocolate was purchased by the choir!
Congratulations to all singers for working so hard in preparing for the festival and for singing so beautifully in the concert and to the parents who supported their children during their preparation for this exceptional experience. And a special heartfelt thank you to Mrs Shayne Williams, the perfect chaperone, without whom the festival experience would not have been so joyous!
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