Tuesday August 21, 2012
Alive with sound of music
A BABY grand piano was donated to the St Xavier’s Institution (SXI) with the hope of reviving music at the school and giving students the opportunity to become performers.
The piano was donated by Datuk Peppe Foo after the school’s Brother Director Karl Wolff alias Datuk Brother Charles Levin proposed the idea.
“Wolff had suggested a standard piano but I thought the baby grand was a better addition. This is my way of giving back to my old school,” said Foo.
Wolff, 84, wants to revive music at the school as many well-known singers and performers had been produced by the school.
“When we talk about heritage, it is not about the building but the institution itself.
“Heritage is just not about artifacts found but the tradition we inherit from our predecessors,” he said.
“St. Xavier’s breathes heritage. This institution used to be the centre of artistic tradition in the past until the teachers were all transferred out,” he said after the piano presentation at the school library.
Wolff was also handed RM23,000 raised through a reunion dinner attended by 120 ex-students from the Classes of 1979 and 1981 at a hotel in Batu Ferringhi recently.
SXI was established in 1852 but has a lineage tracing back to 1787, when the founder Father Garneau first set up a Malay-language school in an attap shed.