Hitting the right note
The end of the year. The end of our 70th year. The end of having to be at a screen to ‘meet’ for a celebration of the talents and togetherness of SIS.
Anyone at Immanuelskyrkan for our June 1st 70th Anniversary performance, couldn’t have missed the warmth and community spirit that filled the place. Over 500 students, parents, relatives, staff, and performers played, sang, acted, applauded, and cheered, as the programme took us through the seven decades of SIS. From Bill Haley to the Beatles and Bowie, to Abba and Elbow, we had a rich mix of musical numbers.
Highlights of the show included the very authentic note to the bemusement of teenagers Simona Rüütel, Adam Nordström, Carl Pontus Leksell and Julia Hagert as they contemplated the mysteries of legwarmers, spandex, and the Sony Walkman in a sketch about the 80s; Dorin Loubel’s live rendition of Space Oddity while still recovering from illness; Ryan Xu’s remarkable piano solo version of Abba’s Thank You for the Music; and a rendition of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika – the National Anthem of South Africa – by Kenneth Ndo Ituen, that had the audience on its feet from respect and admiration in equal measure.
Huge congratulations go to Anneli Thompson and Kimberley Akester who programmed, rehearsed, organised, and took part in this joyful and memorable celebration of live performance and of SIS’s seventy years.
Like all good live shows the audience were left wanting more and as they left the auditorium were eagerly discussing when the next opportunity might be to enjoy all the talent SIS has to offer. Well for now, we can share a few of the highlights with you to enjoy again – or for the first time.