The Senior School Music Department hosted the FOBISIA World Music Festival last week. We welcomed 60 guests from five schools from around South East Asia to participate. The focus was on Gamelan Fusion, Cuban, African and British Folk Music.
There was a lot of energy and enrichment over the two days. Workshop leaders, Byron Wallen (World renowned Jazz Trumpeter and Ethnomusicologist) and Havana Social Club (Singapore based Cuban band) inspired the students to try new styles and discover their hidden talents.
The festival was specifically aimed at (I)GCSE, A Level and IB students studying Music and designed to cover a range of World Music styles that are required for these courses. Students spent the weekend immersed in the music of these cultures, while at the same time developing their confidence, individual performance and ensemble skills. It was also an excellent opportunity to interact and make friends with students from different countries.
Workshop leader, Byron Wallen said: "This event has unified many different schools and children of different ages and musical experiences. It's been beautiful to see how music has brought everyone together. Many have tried some of the instruments for the first time and learnt new techniques, and they are willing to share and perform in an environment where there's no pressure."
Havana Social Club added on their Facebook page: "We are thankful for the invitation and all the attendees for putting a huge effort to learn and understand our music."
Thank you to the TTS Foundation for supporting this event.