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Southbank International School’s String ensemble visits BSB

Last week the Southbank International School’s String ensemble visited the BSB. It was an activity which had been organized by the BSB Music department and involved ten BSB string players from Year 4 to Year 11 plus eight students from Southbank International School, a Cognita school in London.

For three days our string ensemble -Martina, Africa, Hestia, Noa, Izabella, Monami, Carlota, Mirthran, Anna and Flavia- participated in this brand new school activity aimed at meeting fellow string players from a different school and work together as a larger string orchestra to create a concert.

They had a very busy agenda. Our students had been learning the pieces with their violin teachers during the previous months. Then, while the Southbank School was here they spent Wednesday morning practicing with our string players. On the whole they did five concerts (Secondary, KS1, KS2, Nursery and Reception) and parents were invited to come in and watch one of them at the Emma Watson Theatre.

The students played the following pieces in the concert:

  • Andante Festivo (Sibelius) – String Orchestra
  • Rumanian Folk Dances (Bartok) – String Orchestra
  • James Bond Theme – String Orchestra
  • A selection of solo pieces by students of Southbank International School

On Thursday afternoon the Southbank students enjoyed a sightseeing tour of Barcelona to meet the city’s main attractions and sites, such as Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Passeig de Gràcia, Plaça Cataluña, las Ramblas, among others.

This activity was organized by Mr Hebden (Head of Creative and Physical Education), Mr Ezquerro (Primary Music Teacher), Ms Dean (Deputy Head of Early Years and Primary), Ms Haroni (Violin Teacher), Ms Llauradó (Piano Teacher) and three teachers from Southbank International School.

They all agreed that it is really important for musicians to play in a larger ensemble and to have the opportunity to meet other students interested in Music. All the students loved it!

“It has been an incredible experience for both the students of Southbank International School and our own students. The feedback from both sets of students was really positive and I am looking forward to planning the second part of this, which will be to take our string players to London to visit”, Mr Hebden said.

The BSB would also like to thank the four BSB families hosting the eight Southbank students. One of the host families said “Thank you for making it possible. It’s a great experience for all of us“.