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Orientale Concentus 2014

On the 10th of July, CrezChorale participated in an international choir competition, Orientale Concentus 2014, featuring choirs from all over the world, including New Zealand, USA, Indonesia, Malaysia and Korea.

We had many practices as well as sectionals to practice for the upcoming competition. Preparing for the competition was not an easy task for all of us, especially for the new Secondary Ones who just joined us. With the extremely long hours of practice, all of us were mentally and emotionally exhausted. While there were many setbacks that put us down and demoralised us, our motivation and commitment to the choir and to do well helped us pull through the tiring preparation and practices. On the day of our performance, we delivered our repertoire, consisting of three songs with confidence and showcased a variety of different expressions, dynamics and choreography. Relief and satisfaction washed over us as we ended our performance. We knew we did our best and all that was left were the results.

We are proud to announce that under the guidance of Choir Instructor Mr Toh Ban Sheng and the conducting of Guest Conductor Ms Susanna Pua, the choir emerged as category winners, attaining a Grade 1 Gold diploma with a score of 91.13, which is also the highest score in the entire competition. It was a competition requirement for all participating choirs to perform one original work by a living composer from the choir’s home country. Crezchorale attained a special jury prize for an outstanding performance of a local work, The Angel (composed by Kelly Tang) and a cash prize of $600.

The choir would especially like to thank Mr Toh, Ms Pua, as well as Cheryl Toh (3G1), who stood in as piano accompanist for the competition.

The competition gave the students an opportunity to learn about the importance of mental work, teamwork and the value of intrinsic reward, and we look forward to more exciting events next year!

Reported by Chloe Ann Tan 3S2