ISCMS 2018

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Yet Another Festival of Creativity and Passion by the Largest International Music Society in Asia-

In 2008 the International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) hosted its first festival,
culminating in a performance of Faure's Requiem. More than 100 students from 9 international schools


10 years later in February 2017, ISCMS celebrated its 10th anniversary in Beijing, with a
spectacular Gala Concert at the Forbidden City Concert Hall with over 350 performers, including
students and teachers.

This year, ISCMS is determined to offer yet another festival of creativity and passion, advancing
the numbers to 390 students and 54 teachers of 23 nationalities from 22 participating schools from
Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Talented musicians from as far as Dubai and Australia will also
be joining us in the production of a world-class performance in a world-class concert venue, all
within 21 hours between 31st January to 3rd February 2018.


The philosophy of ISCMS is borne from a unique approach based on collaboration, innovation,
creativity and passion. At its very core is the challenge to bring together many cultures with
diverse backgrounds to foster a global music experience. ISCMS endeavors to give participants an
unrivaled and memorable experience that will develop and foster the musicians within whilst aiding
the promotion of a more holistic person through musical engagement. ISCMS allows students to take
part in major choral works, which their individual schools would not be able to perform.

In the past 11 years, ISCMS has given musical opportunities to thousands of instrumentalists and
singers, most of which are high school students from around the Asia - Pacific region, to perform in
venues as diverse as The Forbidden City Theatre, Beijing, The Oriental Art Center, Shanghai and the
Huafa Grand Theatre at the Zhuhai International Convention Centre.

World-class practitioners are invited to work with the students and teachers who participate in the
Festival to make the experience an unforgettable learning journey. We have been delighted over the
past years to have had two commissioned pieces written for the Festival by the world-class composer
– Mr Christopher Tin, a two-time Grammy Award winner.

For the upcoming ISCMS XI, Dulwich College Suzhou and Dulwich International High School Suzhou will
be co-hosting the festival with the concert finale held in the Grand Theater of Suzhou's Culture and
Arts Center on the 3rd February. Not to be missed is the grand finale piece of the concert - Carmina
Burana, an epic Cantata composed by Carl Orff between 1935 - 1936. Such master piece demands world-
class soloists and we are delighted to invite Juliet Petrus to sing Soprano and Chenye Yuan to sing

In addition to that, this year, for the first time, ISCMS will be collaborating with the Suzhou
Symphony Orchestra to maximize the musical collaboration between our instrumental players and the
local musicians at a professional level, which we very much looking forward to achieving as part of
the objectives of ISCMS.

Another highlight of the concert is to have a commission from Sam Wu, who is currently pursuing his
masters in composition at The Juilliard School after receiving his A.B., with honors, from Harvard
University. Wu is going to present his world premiere of "Feng Qiao Ye Bo" (枫桥夜泊), which is
based on a popular ancient poem in Suzhou at the concert.

Not to forget Mr Nathaniel Gao, our Big Band Director, who is a saxophonist and composer based in
Beijing since 2006. He has been a key contributor to the local jazz scene as both a co-leader of the
quintet Red Hand as well as a leader of his own quartet and trio.

Nathaniel Gao

ISCMS Timpani
"ISCMS is the largest international music society in the Asia-Pacific region. "
Global Times, 2014

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amazing conductors of this year's ISCMS XI – Dr Robert Hasty (orchestra conductor) and David Squire
(choir conductor), who are both very well-known conductors and music directorsin their respective

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