MIS aspires to offer the very best possible learning experiences to young people. To that end, in the performing arts, we have created a link with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, one of Europe’s finest conservatoires. Part of this arrangement includes receiving visits from professors of Music and Drama for masterclasses. Thus, MIS students can receive world-class, university-level tuition in the performing arts throughout their time at school, in addition to regular guidance from exceptionally well qualified teachers. We are glad also to be able to invite students at other schools in the region to benefit from the masterclasses.
On Saturday 24 November, we welcomed Professor BingBing Li to Castle Hall, where she gave a truly inspirational masterclass to our young pianists. Everyone who attended left MIS greatly enriched and a better musician than they had been when they arrived that morning. It was an opportunity for us to meet an internationally renowned concert pianist and to get to know students and parents from other local schools. We all enjoyed lunch, then our young pianists showed off what they had learnt from BingBing during a short recital at the end.
Identified as a ‘star of the future’ in a Chinese national competition at the age of 8, BingBing Li had performed in many of China’s most famous venues before she entered her teens. She left China to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with distinction.
Since then, she has performed in many of the British capital’s top venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall and has picked up many accolades in the industry. BingBing has taught at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, at the Royal Northern College of Music and now at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.