Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim (L) seen playing the piano in a performance dubbed “He’s A Pirate”. Image: Courtesy of Yippy Tune

Yippy Tune Music School recently held its 7th anniversary with a musical showcase dubbed “Music Together 2” at the Jerudong International School Arts Centre.

Over 300 individuals took part in the musical performance and among the creative performers were Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah, the children of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim (R) and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah seen in a duet for the ensemble called “A Million Dreams”. Image: Courtesy of Yippy Tune

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim performed the “He’s A Pirate” ensemble along with two other pianists and 10 violinists before 700 strong audiences.

Moreover, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim also had a duet with his sister Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah along with 9 other pianists in an ensemble called “A Million Dreams” from the movie soundtrack, The Greatest Showman.

Some 300 students who took part in the performance. Image: Courtesy of Yippy Tune

One of the highlights of the day was the musical ensemble Gypsy Dance involving 60 pianists.

Yippy Tune Music School also made history by having 202 students performed in a multitude of piano ensemble pieces, the biggest piano display ever organised in Brunei.

The school’s principal Deon Ong said that it took the young musicians one month to prepare and practice in synchronization prior to the real day.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah seen playing the piano during the musical showcase. Image: Courtesy of Yippy Tune

“It was an unprecedented feat. The result was an afternoon of beautiful music that touched the audiences’ hearts, making all the effort worthwhile,” she said.

Ong said that the vision of the musical performance was to enable Yippy Tune Music School’s students to experience playing in the state-of-the-art theatre before a large audience, inspiring them to take their musical endeavor to another level.

HRH Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah (C) with Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim (2nd L), Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah (front 2nd R) and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman (front C) in a group photo during the musical showcase. Image: Courtesy of Yippy Tune

One of the parents said that the logistical effort to gather over 30 electronic pianos from respective individuals on stage was a tremendous effort in planning and collaboration.

“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.

HRH Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah with Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman in a group photo with the rest of the performers of the musical showcase. Image: Courtesy of Yippy Tune

Music Together 2’s stage direction and choreography were directed by Amy Cheong and Mardi Hedus, the founders of Brunei’s renowned performing art academy, Relentless Entertainment & Academy of Performing Arts.

The showcase was a collaboration between Yippy Tune and Relentless Entertainment in supporting each other’s event through cross coaching between teachers for the last 3 years.

Relentless is set to come up with their next musical showcase titled “Hair Spray” in late September.

Managing Director of Fitness Zone, who is also Brunei’s own celebrity, Wu Chun (R) with his son Max in a group photo with Founder of Curious Mind Shaun Hoon (2nd L) and Yippy Tune’s Principal Deon Ong (3rd L). Image: Courtesy of Yippy Tune

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN                                                  

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