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Posted by portugalpress on July 03, 2018
Guitar, Auriane Chavanon, 11 – Friends, Marshmello & Anne-Marie
Violin, Caio Archer, 12 – Allegro, Suzuki
Drums, Connor Dunn, 11 – Sweet Child of Mine, Guns N’ Roses
Guitar, Laura Nagiller, 18 – Lights Down Low, MAX

Young musicians at Nobel International School Algarve (Lagoa) came together for an end-of-year celebration of progress and success in the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) in a twilight concert held at the school on Tuesday, June 19.

A programme presenting around 30 performances from a wide range of ages (four to 18) and abilities introduced pieces on piano, violin, guitar, flute, recorder, triangle, maracas, drums and voice.

With children from both national and international sections, the diversity in musical styles ranged from baroque with Bach to rock with AC/DC, and took the audience from traditional themes such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Greensleeves” to modern songs such as “Lights Down Low” and “Sweet Child of Mine”.

Some of the school’s youngest musicians took to the stage for the first time and the evening’s finale was Year 13 student Laura Nagiller singing and playing guitar. Other highlights were the rock band set and the resilience and determination shown by one of the pianists who was determined to overcome some performance nerves.

Seven young musicians from Nobel International School Algarve took and achieved a pass, merit or distinction in the 2018 ABRSM examinations for guitar, flute and piano this summer, with two distinctions, four merits and two passes.

Head of School Mike Farrer thanked music teachers Ms Susan Hammond, Ms Grace Borgan, Ms Cristiana Silva, Mr Pedro Sá and Mr Fernando Teixeira.

He said: “We were treated to a wonderful mixture of classical, pop and rock, and it is fantastic to see how music is growing at the school. As an AC/DC fan, it was great to hear the rock band play! Learning a musical instrument has tremendous scope to help develop capacity to learn, to build confidence and it teaches resilience and discipline. There is no doubt about the value that music adds to the school experience for all of us – pupils, teachers and parents.”

At the end of the concert, the music teachers of the Instrumental Programme congratulated the students for their success and showed their appreciation to the school and all the families present for their support throughout the school year.

The following Nobel International School Algarve students took ABRSM examinations: Cameron Dent (Grade 8 piano, pass 110); Georgia Allen (Grade 6 Piano, Merit 126), Reva Garg (Grade 1 Guitar, Distinction 132), Monty Allen (Grade 2 Guitar, Merit 127), Ania Kleyn (Grade 2 Guitar, Merit 125), Subashni Subramanian (Grade 1 Flute, Merit 120); Maya Archer (Grade 1 Flute, Merit 127).