Confident, playful, and really enjoying themselves, our students delivered yet another talent-infused musical concert. It was an evening filled with theme songs from iconic movies and well-known music from pop, computer games, classical, and jazz. The audience experienced diversity at its best, with a range of solo acts, music and performing styles.Signalling the beginning of spring, the GSIS Fiddlesticks and dancers expertly performed the timeless classic, “La Primavera.” On the other hand, the K09 class took everyone to the pastures of the safari with Toto’s “Africa.” A Broadway-like take on the Beauty and the Beast Medley, showcased a bit of our students’ acting chop, bringing each song to life.
Misha (Y12) and Long Him (Y11) took to the conducting stand and led the orchestra through the Forrest Gump Suite and Harry Potter Suite, taking the audience through imaginary cinematic scenes with music. On a multitasking feat, Shannon (Y11) impressed the crowd conducting “Take Five” by Paul Desmond and performing a saxophone solo at the same time.
Our student soloists went above and beyond this year, enriching the concert with a variety of singing styles. Henry (Y12) delivered an expressive performance of Shadowland from The Lion King, putting full emotion into this Disney Broadway song. Singing the choir edition of Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time,” Leander (K07) stunned the audience with his pure and angelic vocals. Nitya (Y10) and Shayona (Y10) put on a powerful piece of “Baba Yetu” from the computer game, Civilization IV, while Angelique (Y13) beautifully sang “When She Loved Me” from the Toy Story.
Emerging GSIS bands also rocked the house, their infectious energy prompting the audience to clap and sway to the rhythm. The Midnight Janitors, The Lemon Bombs, and The Descending Cephalopods all reflected unique personalities with not only their choice of songs, but also from the way they played and interaction. Our audience were even treated with a special surprise when the GSIS IT team came up and performed “Uptown Funk” with the always lively K05 class. It was definitely a party in the Ingrid Buchholtz Hall!
Apart from all the fun, the evening was also a moment to recognise students who contributed in leading the musical and cultural programmes of GSIS. This year, the Arts Leadership Awards 2018 were presented to Natasha (Y13), Annessa (Y13), Angelique (Y13), Justin (Y13), Michael (Y13), Yik Ting (Y13), Melissa (Y11), and Arianna (Y11).
Misha (Y12) was the recipient of The Musician of the Year Award, which recognises not only the students’ musical endeavours, but also his/her dedication in promoting performing arts programme in the school. Congratulations to our awardees and we thank you for your commitment and hard work!
The evening ended with a glorious sing-a-long of “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman, enlisting all student performers onto the stage. Their grand finale was met with a roaring standing ovation from the audience, commending our students and Mr Gleeson, Mr Kim, and Ms Haines for their fantastic and diverse performance!