Royalty at Music Together 2 Showcase

Yippy Tune Music School celebrated its seventh anniversary with over 300 students performing at the Music Together 2 Showcase at the Jerudong International School (JIS) Arts Centre before a capacity crowd of private audience made up of parents and friends last Sunday, according to a Yippy Tune press release.

Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman along with Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah attended the event.

During the showcase, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah performed in the He’s a Pirate ensemble, where he took part with two other pianists and 10 violinists before the 700-strong audiences.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim also performed a duet with Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah leading nine other pianists in an ensemble entitled A Million Dreams from the movie soundtrack, The Greatest Showman.

One of the highlights of the day was the music ensemble comprising 60 pianists, the largest of the day, which involved Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah, called the Gypsy Dance. The press release said that Yippy Tune Music School made history last Sunday by having 202 students performed in a multitude of piano ensemble pieces, the biggest piano ensemble display ever organised in Brunei.

ABOVE & BELOW: Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah in a group photo; and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah perform the duet. PHOTOS: YIPPY TUNE MUSIC SCHOOL

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim performs during an ensemble with the violinists

“This is an unprecedented feat,” said Yippy Tune’s Principal Deon Ong. “The amount of preparations went into to having all the young musicians play in synchronisation took months of practice.

“The result was an afternoon of beautiful music that touched the audiences’ heart, which made all the effort worthwhile.”

“The logistical effort in gathering over 30 electronic pianos from respective individuals on stage alone was a tremendous effort in planning and collaboration,” observed one parent.

“The end result of the afternoon’s performance was a dream come true, not only for the performers, but for all the parents,” said another parent.

Deon said, “The vision for this afternoon’s performance was to enable Yippy Tune Music School’s students to experience playing in a state-of-the-art theatre before a capacity crowd, so that they could be inspired to take their musical endeavour to another level.”

The afternoon’s stage direction and choreography were led by Brunei’s renowned performing arts academy, Relentless Entertainment Brunei, directed by its founders Amy Cheong and Mardi Hedus.

The press release added that the event has been an on-going collaboration between Yippy Tune and Relentless Entertainment Brunei in supporting each other’s event through cross coaching between teachers for the last three years.

Both are working towards Relentless’ next musical showcase entitled Hair Spray scheduled to launch in late September.

Tickets will be available for sale in the near future, where announcement will be made soon.