On Friday Oct 2nd, 2015 fans of classical music were spoilt by another excellent classical concert at the International School of Hamburg: Starting 19:00, the “Jincai Experimental Middle School Philharmonic Orchestra” of Hamburg’s twin city Shanghai performed for free for both ISH community as well as the general public.
After some intensive rehearsals led by Michael Petermann, Music Director of the renowned Hamburger Konservatorium, the 59-strong ensemble directed by Mr Lin Liu played pieces of internationally renowned composers, both Western and Chinese and from various eras:
- Lin Liu: Carousel
- Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Phantom of the Opera
- Jianzhong Wang: Red Flowers Blooming all over the Mountain
- Randy Back: The Mexican Clarinet
- Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Suite für Jazzorchester
- Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D
- Huan Liu: Phoenix in Love
The Shanghai Jincai Experimental Middle School Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance at ISH was only the beginning of the ensemble’s very first visit to Germany. The next items on the itinerary were a participation in the “Orchestrale 2015“, a well known competition taking place in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, and subsequent visits to Berlin and Leipzig. The excursion was made possible by the Hamburg-based travel specialist China Tours, which is highly engaged in music and student exchanges between Germany and China. The Middle School from Shanghai was among the company’s very cooperation partners.
The ensemble’s visit to ISH wasn’t “only” about music, though. The Chinese students also took the opportunity to join some classes for additional insights on how IB Students are taught here and to get in touch with local students – as far as the limited time permitted.
Mr Andrew Cross, ISH’s Secondary School Principal commented on the visit as follows: “The International School of Hamburg was delighted to host the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Jincai Experimental Middle School in Shanghai. We welcomed this opportunity for cultural exchange and appreciated that so many music lovers joined us for this event. The International School of Hamburg is committed to an internationally-minded approach to education and the fostering of closer ties among nations. Music is a universal language and we were very pleased to present this special concert to the Hamburg community.”