BSJ Hosts Music Festival

Towards the end of May, BSJ hosted a Middle Schools Music Festival, welcoming ensembles from seven fellow members of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).

As well as workshops in the more ubiquitous ensembles of Pop Orchestra and Soul Band, participants experienced some traditional Indonesian performance arts, through angklung and kecak sessions. Originating in Bali in the 1930s, kecak is a dance unaccompanied by music, with rhythm provided instead by a 'monkey' chorus chanting the name 'ke-chak’. The angklung is a traditional instrument from West Java, consisting of a number of carved bamboo tubes attached to a frame.

We were thrilled to welcome as the Festival Conductors Bapak Iswargia Renardi Sudarno (Orchestra) and Bapak Rainier Revireino (Choir). Bapak Iswargia currently leads the Jakarta Sinfonietta and is the Music Director of the Jakarta Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. Bapak Rainier is the Conductor and Music Director of several youth ensembles, including The Resonanz Children’s Choir, which recently became the first Indonesian choir to win the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. Both guest conductors also teach and perform themselves.

On the third and final day of the Festival, over 175 students and staff gave a Festival Concert, in which they demonstrated the new techniques they had learnt, as well as their unity as a group. We are very proud of the achievements of all the participants, and congratulate them for their effort, determination and focus through rehearsals and in the final performance.