KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today congratulated Sekolah Seri Puteri Cyberjaya which won second place in the “Symphonic Band” category of the 8th Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Youth Music Festival in Vienna.

“Our students make great music too! Congrats to Sekolah Seri Puteri on clinching the second spot at the Vienna Music Fest Awards.

“This culture of excellence displayed by the school’s orchestra is commendable as they came up against more experienced school bands,” Najib wrote in his Facebook.

The school band, Seri Puteri Symphonic Winds (SP Winds), also won a special award, ”Encouragement Award” by Jeunesse Austria for its outstanding performance.

School principal, Siti Rogayah Yahya, said she was proud of the band for its achievement, adding that SP Winds was the first orchestra from Malaysia to have won the special award.

She also expressed gratitude to Najib and his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, and Muhyiddin’s wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, who is SP Winds patron.

In the July 8 concert, Westlake Concert Band (New Zealand) came in first place for their outstanding performance while Sekolah Seri Puteri and Homestead High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble (United States) emerged runners-up in the “Symphonic Band” category.

The SCL Festival Vienna is Austria’s premier global youth music festival for choirs, bands and orchestras.

Taking place every July in Vienna’s two main classical concert venues, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus, it offers an international environment where thousands of young musicians enjoy intercultural exchanges and build bridges that spanned continents.