| Aziz Idris |
OVER 130 music students from PJC Virtuoso Music School received recognition yesterday during the school’s year-end recital and award presentation ceremony held at the Orchid Garden Hotel.
Of these, 87 were awarded prestigious virtuoso medals after achieving top marks in both their external and internal music examinations, which were assessed by a panel of professional musicians.
On hand to present the medals and certificates was PJC Virtuoso Music School Director Helen Yeo.
The ceremony also included the presentation of the Best Teacher award to one of the school’s teaching staff who has contributed meritoriously to both students and school in the past year. Three teachers were also recognised for their 10-year-long service with the music school.
Prior to this, PJC Virtuoso Music School Managing Director Peter Chin congratulated all students who have passed their external exams assessed by Trinity College London and Rockshool London and internal exams conducted at the school.
The term “virtuoso”, he said, is often used for a musician with masterly ability, technique or personal style. Therefore, it is appropriate that the virtuoso medals are given to those who have “demonstrated a high level of capability” in their respective music courses, Chin added.
Many of the awarded students went on stage to perform a stellar musical number during the recital sessions in front of 300 people during the five-hour event.
Such public recitals instilled confidence in both our young and old musicians.
PJC Virtuoso Music School was established in February 2007 and has now grown into one of the leading music schools in Brunei Darussalam, with over 300 students – many of whom are between the ages of three and 18 years.
Nine highly qualified music teachers are employed by the school teaching various music classes such as piano, keyboard, electric guitar, classical guitar, vocals, drums, violin, cello and muzikarten.
Some of the students are winners of national music competitions such as ‘Kristal Kids Idol’ and ‘Pilihan Akira Talentime’.
The school’s aim is to raise the level of music education in Brunei Darussalam and enrich the lives of people through music.
Source: Borneo Bulletin