A musical talent show

James Kon

On Sunday, young musicians captured the hearts of the audience with their classical music performance at the Brunei Young Musicians Concert (BYMC) 2022 at the Foyer of Jerudong International School (JIS) Arts Center.

The musical event organized by the Brunei Music Society (BMS) brought together the Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Succession) of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud. Also present were Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Marian Jocelyn R Tirol-Ignacio and Brunei Music Society President Jaya Punjabi along with committee members.

Jaya Punjabi said, “The COVID-19 pandemic amid wider devastation has wreaked havoc with an impact on the music world. At the same time, people around the world have turned to music to help them through the crisis. “From balcony songs to megastar global shows, music has become embedded in our responses to disrupted life.”

After three years, she said, “BMS is back to providing a platform for our young students and performers at BYMC 2022.

“As a committee, we have prepared BYMC in 2020 and 2021 to be disrupted by the first and second wave of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Solo guitar rendition by Ibrahim Hussien and Daryl Lumaas; and Zoe Chan performing Meine Lippen. PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Domain) Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud with Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Marian Jocelyn R Tirol-Ignacio and Brunei Music President Society Jaya Punjabi at the event; and the performance ‘Lakme Duo Des Fleurs’ by Aerialyn Tan and Zoe Chan

“The children and young adults performing today have auditioned twice. We thank the performers and their teachers for their patience and dedication in their submissions.

“BYMC 2022 gave us the opportunity to give Brunei people back a platform to showcase their talents once again. We look forward to creating an event on Brunei classical music and international classical interpretations in the future. ”

Meanwhile, Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal said, “I am proud to have seen our youngsters show their talent and skills, especially in music. This should continue not only for the classical or modern genre, but we should not forget to preserve our traditional music to continue with our cultural heritage.

Lily Chiam of Expressions Music said, “Today’s performance showed the hard work and the unspoken words to spread the love of music.”

“A wonderful event featuring some of Brunei’s most gifted musicians,” said JIS Music Department Head Barnaby Palmer.

The concert aimed to provide a platform for all performing musicians under the age of 25, including those from music schools and those selected by a BMS jury through blind auditions. A total of 19 solos, a duet, a 10-string ensemble as well as a group of 17 singers took part in the concert.