St Joseph’s Private School wins gold at Bali International Choir Festival (Video)
Posted on : 29 Jul 2022  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Choir members are seen in traditional costumes for the international competition.

KUCHING (July 29): St Joseph’s Private School’s (SJPS) Chamber Choir has clinched the Gold Award for the Virtual Choir category at the 11th Bali International Choir Festival (BICF), which was held from July 25-28.

The choral performance was a medley of folk songs arranged by award-winning Singaporean conductor Toh Ban Sheng.

The SJPS Chamber Choir competed against children’s and youth choirs from Indonesia and Hong Kong in the same category.

Its medley of ‘Rasa Sayang’ and ‘Lenggang Kangkong’ won the Gold Award with a total score of 83.85.

The choir also recently won the Gold B Award in the Pre-record (Teenage Category) and came in first runner-up in the Teenage Youth Choir Category at the National Choir Competition, organised by the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod from July 16-17.

For the BICF virtual performance, choir members wore traditional costumes, reflecting the cultural harmony of Malaysia.

Their harmonious voices were complemented by traditional Iban and Orang Ulu dance movements.

The performance was filmed at the Sarawak Museum and Museum Garden grounds in Kuching.

Conductor Benedict Lo explained the location was chosen as the bandstand in the Museum Garden is also significant in the history of local performing arts.

The legendary Constabulary Band used to play at the bandstand on weekends in the 1960s and it was a weekend tradition for Kuchingites to attend the performances.

With the continuous guidance and support of Lo and teacher in charge Tiffany Jane, the chamber choir has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2017.

Its signature performances that garner international attention always feature Malaysian folksongs and cultures.

Lo said although the rendition of some folk songs has gotten more popular in recent years, it is still a challenge to arrange and produce them for the international stage.

He hopes the SJPS Chamber Choir’s performance would encourage more young people to sing and perform folk songs.

“Be proud of our history and heritage,” he said.

On Aug 5-6, the SJPS Chamber Choir will perform live at ‘Rhythm and Colour 2022: The Family Celebrates!’ at 7.30pm.

This variety show will celebrate the anniversaries of the St Joseph’s Family of Schools Kuching as well as raise funds for the new school building.

The new block will have much-needed learning facilities such as a music studio and a multipurpose hall.

The event will also be live-streamed via the ‘Rhythm and Colour’ official website.

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