Performance @ Concourse in Esplanade
Our Angklung / Kulintang ensemble was invited to be part of a 2-day combined schools’ performance organised by Alunan Enterprise recently. It was held at the Concourse in Esplanade. The pupils were dressed to the nines and were very excited as for almost half of them, this would be the first time they are performing in public. Although they were nervous, they were definitely eager to perform. They performed a total of 5 pieces, together with 8 other primary schools. Apart from performing, they had the opportunity to mingle and get to know angklung players from other schools. They ‘showed off’ their skills to each other. It was really a learning experience for them.
Quite a number of our very supportive parents turned up to watch our pupils perform. To them, we thank you so much.
Performance @ Hilton Hotel
On the 25th of May, we were invited by National University of Singapore, Middle East Institute to perform at their annual conference held at The Hilton Hotel . Our pupils were eager and excited to have been given the opportunity to perform to an audience made up of local and foreign delegates. Our pupils played their gold award winning pieces from the recent SYF, ‘Summertime’ and ‘Under the Boardwalk’.
Although nervous, our pupils played their best and was given thunderous applause and a standing ovation after each piece. After the second piece, the delegates were on their their feet, requesting for an encore but our angklung stars had to leave to catch our bus. This opportunity to perform has indeed given our pupils the confidence to stand up and play in front of an audience. Well done!
Combined Practise Session
On the 18th of February, Pei Tong’s Angklung/Kulintang Ensemble hosted a combined practice under the instruction of the Musical Director of Alunan Enterprise, Mr Khamis Selamat. Six other schools participated in this combined practise session. The schools were Yishun Primary, Huamin Primary, Pei Ying Primary, Macpherson Primary, Bedok Green Primary and Bukit View Pr. Some of these schools achieved Gold and Gold with honours awards in the previous Singapore Youth Festival in 2010.
The objective of the session was to allow our pupils to benchmark themselves against better schools. It allowed for our pupils to gauge how well they were playing in comparison with the aforementioned schools. It served as a motivation for our pupils to do better. It was also a confidence booster for them. As a result of this experience, they were able to play better, they were able to recognise their own areas of weaknesses and improve on it.
And so it is that our pupils have learnt that practice, practice, practice and more practice is indeed the way to go for them to achieve that coveted Gold awards in the upcoming SFY in April. Let’s give them our support and cheer them on for the competition. GO PT!