International Music Week: a NACE Schools multicultural event

From the 25th to the 28th of November, Agora Sant Cugat International School hosted one of the most important NACE Schools multicultural events, the 4th International Music Week. Different schools from the NACE Schools group participated in the event: Agora Portals International School (Mallorca), Agora Lledó International School (Castelló), Agora International School Barcelona, Agora International School Madrid, Colegio Areteia (Madrid), Stonar School (UK), Victor Hugo International School (France) and Agora Sant Cugat International School.

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Headmaster of Agora Sant Cugat International School, Vicenç Gandol, described this week as a great experience both for the pupils and for the rest of the staff members who took part. Much more than just the music, it was also a great chance to learn about coexistence. We are extremely grateful to all the families who welcomed the pupils from other countries and different areas of Spain into their homes.

Around 200 pupils between the ages of 8 and 17 took part in this NACE Schools multicultural event, which had the theme of “Music Histories”. Inma Lluch, head of the competition, explained that: “Every group told a little story through music. This was the only language used, it was speaking without words”.

Being part of the 4th edition of this NACE Schools multicultural event also gave pupils the chance to see the facilities of the host school. They made the most of their time there by taking part in different activities through which they built relationships with the other pupils and got to know each other better. They also had the opportunity to visit Barcelona as well as practise for the closing concert, which took place on Saturday the 28th of November.

Manuel Salas, director of the Agora Sant Cugat International School String Orchestra, said: “It’s very interesting to share musical experiences, but also personal and human ones. The pupils can meet people from other places, practise English and truly experience music. All very intense.”

The Agora Sant Cugat International School Josep Carreras Auditorium was the location of the International Music Week closing concert, which took place on the morning of Saturday the 28th of November and gave us the opportunity to listen to and enjoy the different pieces of music which the students from each school had been practising during the week. The concert also featured a performance from Carmen Pendones, a pupil at Agora Sant Cugat International School who was a finalist in the La Voz Kids (The Voice Kids) Competition.

Vicenç Gandol, Headmaster at Agora Sant Cugat International School, described this NACE Schools multicultural event as a great experience for the pupils thanks to the organisation, the staff at the school, the music department and the families whose wonderful efforts ensured an experience of coexistence which went beyond the music.

Make sure you don’t miss this video by TV Sant Cugat which talks about the great experience enjoyed by all the pupils who took part in the 4th edition of this NACE Schools multicultural event: International Music Week.