Oriental Fables – Shanghai

Bravo!! What a wonderful experience, singing in the chorus for Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast last Saturday. I took ten of my talented musicians from BISS to Shanghai for the annual ISCMS Festival and the mighty challenge of preparing and performing such a difficult work. We think it might be the premiere of this important choral work in China – certainly it would be the first time it has been attempted by school students.

Also on the program, was Prokofiev’s enchanting Peter and the Wolf and the stirring concert finale, Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar with the orchestra joined by our 200 piece chorus in the magnificent Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre.

The philosophy of the International Schools Choral Music Society was clearly evident in the happy engaged students who all did so well in Shanghai:

The ISCMS philosophy is borne from a unique approach based on collaboration, innovation, creativity and passion. At its core is the challenge to bring together many cultures with diverse backgrounds; to foster a more global music experience for all; and offer an experience that cannot be gained in one’s own school. We will endeavor to give our participants an unrivalled and memorable experience that will develop, foster and grow the musician within whilst aiding the promotion of a more holistic person through engagement and experience.

I look forward to next year’s festival when it returns to Beijing. The group is driven by the enthusiasm of the twenty core member schools from all over Asia.

BRAVO TUTTI!!!


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Gerard Dutton

International music teacher and performer. Have worked in Australia, Vietnam, Tonga, New Zealand, China and Myanmar. Studied in Australia and USA.

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