What a wonderful weekend of Music making for all 120 students who came together from 8 FOBISIA schools and those who attended the wonderful concerts last month. It was a lucky coincidence that the famous flautist Maxim Rubtsov from the Russian National Orchestra was in Phuket for the festival and just fantastic that he was prepared to play for the students, work with them, and to then return to hear the students perform in the final concert. Guest Conductor Jonathan Mann once more introduced the students to extremely challenging orchestral and concert band repertoire for this, our second hosting of the Advanced Orchestral Festival. Our FOBISIA colleagues really enjoyed our BISP hospitality and facilities, and it was a joy to host students who could rise to an immense musical challenge!
During the weekend, all of the students attending the festival were treated to an impressive aerial display performed by students of the Aerial Performance Academy, (as part of Mid Air Circus Art’s after school program partnering with BISP). They used many of the skills that the musicians worked on over the weekend – timing, collaboration, creativity; but fortunately the FOBISIA musicians didn’t have to overcome a fear of heights! Ben Martin, Director of MACA explained that ‘many of the girls were absolute beginners 9 months ago, and had trained hard, not only physically with their strength and flexibility, but also mentally in overcoming fear to perform both at heights, and in front of a large group of people.
See below the photo albums and highlight videos from the weekend.
Aerial Arts Show photos
Aerial Arts Show video
Flute Masterclass & Recital with Maxim Rubtsov photos
Flute Masterclass & Recital with Maxim Rubtsov video
FOBISIA Advanced Orchestral Weekend Rehearsal and Closing Concert Photos
FOBISIA Advanced Orchestral Closing Concert Video