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NCV Music Night 2011

Saturday 20 August, 2011
by Jonathan Billingham

NCV Assistant Dean Vivian Shek takes part in the Music NightOn Friday 19th August the NCV community gathered in NCV’s Main Common Room for the second Annual NCV Music Night. The evening was organized by the NCV Music Association which oversees the NCV Choir and NCV Chamber Orchestra.

To open the night we were treated to a medley of songs from Les Miserables, performed by the NCV Choir. After this resident Armin Chitizadeh performed a piece called Morning Bird on a santour, a Persian instrument played by striking strings with very fine hammers. You could see people all around the room craning their necks to catch a glimpse of this unfamiliar instrument and Armin’s elegant striking.

Next up were residents Joni Mok and Serena Ma, who played a lovely piano duet arrangement of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. After this the evening switched (briefly) to contemporary music, with resident Kevin Phang playing three pieces on guitar (Andy McKee’s Heather’s Song, Tommy Emmanuel’s Mombassa and JZ Moolman’s Jay’s Tap). Kevin is a completely home grown guitarist, having first picked up the instrument while a resident at NCV. On top of this he also played a piece written by a former NCV resident in JZ Moolman.

Following a short interval where residents enjoyed some drinks and nibbles, resident Hsuan Tan played two pieces on piano: Paul de Senneville’s Triste Coeur and Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You (by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin). Hsuan is a talented pianist who is currently undertaking a Master of Optometry. Following Hsuan, Master of Design student Kay Chen gave a great recital of Bach’s Sonata 1035 in E minor on flute. For her performance Kay was accompanied by Vivian Shek on piano.

The next items were vocal. Friend of NCV Steven Chikazawa sang his own composition called Providence, and was accompanied by his cousin Tino on guitar. After this, resident Theresa Crossing sang the Rick Founds song Lord I lift your name on high, accompanied by Vivian Shek on piano.

To finish off the evening, the NCV Music Association Chamber Orchestra played two Mozart pieces: Oboe Quartet in F major, K.370 1st movement and Symphony No, 40 in G Minor, K550 1st movement.

At the end of the formalities many residents stayed on in the MCR, playing together, getting to know one another and generally having a good time. A great night was had by all.