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A great evening out at Battle of the Bands and Regional IDOL contest

Young artists’ competition work goes on show

A great evening out at Battle of the Bands and Regional IDOL contest

Elena Edwards
After the excitement of the American Pacific International School’s APIS IDOL 2009 contest, held at the school’s auditorium, there was no time at all for the dedicated organisers to rest and relax - it was ‘all systems go’ for the joint international schools’ regional IDOL finals and the ‘Battle of the Band’, held Saturday May 16.
As well as the APIS winners, IDOL contestants from Elementary, Middle and High School levels came from Prem International, Lanna International, Nakornpayap International and Chiang Mai International schools … all eager to represent their schools and show their considerable talents on stage.

‘Legend of the Dark’ group from Lanna International School
were the popular winners.

Sponsors of the much anticipated event included Le Meridien, the Chedi Hotel, Duke’s Restaurant, Miguel’s, Giraud Farms, Harley-Davidson (with several ‘to die for’ big bikes on display!), the Royal India Restaurant, and the Relaxation Spa - all more than willing to help make the occasion the success it deserved to be.
The four independent judges, all musicians themselves, were in place and the auditorium was full to over-capacity when the MC for the day, APIS student councillor, band teacher and organiser, Syd Moss, bounded onto the stage to begin what proved to be a show of young talent of a very high standard indeed.
The first half was devoted to the inter-schools final of the IDOL song contest - those who had been at the APIS IDOL event were more than happy to see their favourites perform again, and perform they did, competing magnificently with the contestants from the other 4 schools. The house band from the Good View restaurant provided the backing, balancing beautifully with the young singers and obviously enjoying every minute.
So much talent and enthusiasm for performing, so evident in so many young people - as act followed act, the judges realised they had a difficult choice. The CMIS IDOL’s high school level winner, Sally, had been the first to perform … singing the Whitney Houston number, ‘I will always love you’, with a lovely voice and stunning interpretation, setting an almost unbeatable standard. Until, amazing everyone with her professional presentation and her sheer blazing talent, the aptly-named Song, high school level winner from Lanna International, wowed us all with her interpretation of ‘Listen.’
The judging that followed was unanimous - first prize to Song, runner up to Sally. But - all of the other contestants were so very talented and performed so well, they all deserved a prize! The joint music staff from all 5 schools must have been thrilled that their students had made them so very proud!

‘911’ were unanimously voted as runners-up.

After a brief interval, it was time for the much anticipated ‘Battle of the Bands’. Four of the schools were represented, Prem with ‘911’, Chiang Mai International with ‘Okham’s Razor’, Lanna International with ‘Legend of the Dark’, and APIS with ‘Paper Chains Didactic’.
911 presented a very unusual mix of vocals, guitar and harmonica, with the singer, Gina using her very attractive ‘country’ style voice to effect. The APIS band fielded a great mix of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, trumpet and two vocalists - a strong sound which had feet tapping all over the hall. ‘Okham’s Razor’s combo of 2 guitars, bass, drums and vocals won cheers and applause, but the clear winners were ‘Legend of the Dark’ from Lanna International, whose combination of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals thrilled everyone with the amazingly well-played and professional performance, with 911 unanimously declared as the runners-up. A superb evening, enjoyed enormously by all!
Those dedicated organisers, however, still won’t have much time to rest, as they are already planning for next year’s events. Syd and the rest of the team are planning to take the event countrywide, allowing a large number of talented youngsters from all over Thailand to compete against one another in both the IDOL and Battle of the Bands events. And after next year? International!
We wish them all well, and congratulate everyone who took part in any way in this inspiring concept.

Young artists’ competition work goes on show

CMM reporters
Young artists whose work was exhibited at the Night Safari between May 18 and 24 under the title of ‘Thai Sea and Global Warming’, were in attendance on the opening morning to receive certificates commemorating their participation in the exhibition.

The works of art continue to be on show at the Chiang Mai Night Safari.
The paintings on show were selected from works of art submitted by young artists under the age of 16 from all over Thailand, and will continue to be on show at the Chiang Mai Zoo’s aquarium.
The aim of the exhibition, organised by Chiang Mai Night Safari in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium and Chiang Mai Zoo, was to increase awareness amongst young people of the need to preserve the fragile ecology of the sea and its coastline, and to encourage them to express their thoughts and feelings through the medium of the visual arts.
The opening ceremony was presided over by the honorary consultant to the Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium, Smith Thammasarot, who also presented the certificates to the young artists.

The young artists pose with their certificates.

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