Event Review: Intercontinental Evening 2016

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The annual Bede’s Intercontinental Evening took place on Friday 22 April in celebration of our international school community.

The evening kicked off in the Dining Room, which was decorated with flags, bunting and balloons, with a three course meal covering different types of world cuisine.

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A visual quiz, which featured famous national dishes and recording artists from around the world, kept the 140 guests busy as they tried to identify each person or item from the forty different countries represented by our school community.

After a relaxing dinner, it was time to move on to the entertainment in the Recital Room, where Bede’s-own technical wizard and entrepreneur Matt Jebb, skilfully assisted by his exceptionally capable team from MJ Events, had organized the set-up of the stage, music and dance floor (learn more about MJ Events here).

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The evening was ably hosted by Jay Adebisi and Joana Costa, who introduced a variety of acts from across the globe.

There were some beautiful individual song performances including from Maria Natalia who sang in Romanian, Olga Postnikova who sang in Russian, and Olga Cosse who sang in Romanian.

Shereen Chan, Cyrus Chan and Samson Yeung treated us to a couple of numbers in Chinese, then Emily Adams sang Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down in English with accompaniment from fellow Brit Ollie Hutchinson on piano.

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Another duet duet by Alannah Akiwinumi and Lucy Watt followed, which delighted the audience, and then we all enjoyed delightful dance contributions including such diverse styles as a traditional Tibetan from Hannah Chan and middle-eastern belly dancing from Viktoria Maruschak.

Next came two fine performances by talented pianists Ollie Hutchinson, who played one of his own jazz compositions, and Emile Epifanoff, who wowed us with his classical skills, playing Sonata 1 by Mozart.

Finally, the dance floor was open as the Upper Sixth Btec band sang and played a couple of numbers before Gary Walker manned the decks for a disco.

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Having danced the night away, the crowd headed back home in wonderment at the amazing talents of their fellow students, while the tech team and the organizers cleaned up, stripped down rigs and began the challenge of planning next year’s event.

Special thanks go to Natalie Mok and her helpers Maria and Alex Kuzmina for organizing and rehearsing the acts, the staff who stayed up way past their bed times, and thanks to all of the talented students who shared their love of music, food, song and dance from around the world.

 

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