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BAIA hosts annual Music Gala Concert
May 31, 2018, 3:49 pm

This has been a wonderful year of music for the British Academy of International Arts (BAIA), capped off by excellent results in the recent Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations, students achieving a 100% pass rate; 27% at Merit and 40% at Distinction. The recent Gala Concert held in the Shakespeare Theatre of the British School of Kuwait (BSK) featured fifty performers, ranging from beginners to the most advanced musicians and singers.

Popular as ever were students playing the violin and the piano, and of course vocalists also featuring strongly. BAIA also offers the opportunity to learn the cello, guitar and ukulele, catering to the most eclectic of tastes. People start to learn music at any age and for a variety of reasons, but there are many benefits. Learning music is linked to high academic performance, and for the young it helps to improve literacy, mathematics and cognitive development, whilst motor skills developed by learning to play a musical instrument are also an obvious advantage.

That said, musical performance should be just that; a performance, in which the musician engages with the audience. Character traits such as confidence and self-discipline, and the ability to collaborate, come from rehearsal and performance. But of course, the most important thing is that music is fun, musicians love to play live….it is the performance that music is all about.

Stand out performances included Sarah Al Dashti on violin, Sulaiman Mukhaiber and Farah Badr on piano and vocalist Mahima Juyal. But with strength in depth there were a host of other wonderful performances, enjoyed in equal measure by the performers and their parents and friends in the audience. The evening was capped off by the presentation of certificates and medals to all of the performers, as well as flowers to each of the teachers; Miss Galina and Miss Vera for violin, and Miss Emily and Miss Patil for piano. A super buffet provided by IHG Crowne Plaza was a fitting end to a super evening. A new year of BAIA music commences after the British Academies Carnival to be held on 29 September at BSK.

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