On the afternoon of Monday 13th June 2016 the St. Andrews’ community had the enormous privilege of listening to a visiting symphony orchestra of young people from the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

For an hour 80 young musicians dazzled our staff and students with an eclectic mixture of classical music from composers including John Williams, Johannes Brahms and Johannes Sebastian Bach. We were also treated to an original piece by the composer Jacob Banks, who was in attendance, specifically commissioned for the orchestra’s Argentina tour and a very moving and reverential piece by Argentina’s own Alberto Ginastera.  

The St. Andrews’ Concert Band and Intermediate Band musicians were able to mingle with our visitors who ranged in age from 13-18 years old, exchanging cultural and musical tales, over some empanadas at lunch before enjoying the spellbinding live performance of the full orchestra in the afternoon.

The music department teachers then extended the cultural reception inviting the 10 travelling adults, including the orchestra conductor Mark Russell Smith, to join them for a mate afterwards.

It was an enriching and inspiring experience for everyone present, one which the SASS Creative and Performing Arts team will aim to build upon with our students, supporting them to reach ever higher plains in their artistic endeavours.

We owe our bandmaster, Matias Villamil, eternal gratitude for his energies in bringing this wonderfully talented group to our school and Sebastián Elizondo and Eber Medrano special praise for their logistical prowess.  

Oliver Proctor
Head of Creative and Performing Arts