Mid-Autumn music feast
Instead of eating mooncakes, a group of students are raising funds for children without families, writes Miranda Yeung
The Mid-Autumn Festival is not only a time for family reunions: Chinese International School (CIS) are using the holiday week to stage a talent show called Luminous.
The show, which will be held next Friday to raise money for the Care of China's Orphaned and Abandoned Children, features a wide variety of musical performances by 28 students, including an
a cappella performance, rock bands, original piano compositions, and clarinet and guzheng solos.
The performers are a talented bunch: the youngest is 14 and some of them have won awards overseas.
Li Leitan, who won first prize at the Beijing Youth Awards for Chinese Music, will play the guzheng.
Emily Huang, 15, will dance and play the clarinet.
'The clarinet is the opera singer of woodwind instruments,' she said.
'As for the dancing, I'm doing the cha-cha. Although I've only been learning it for a month, I practise every day. I hope to encourage other people to learn.'
Tina Yip, 17, heads the a cappella group which is performing a cover of jazz number Telephone Talking by The Real Group, a professional a cappella group from Sweden.
'Our a cappella group has a good reputation - we're often invited to do performances outside school,' Tina said.
'Unlike other styles that emphasise individual skills, we focus on teamwork. One strong individual will ruin the 'single voice'.'
The show is also an opportunity to hear some original creations. Pianist Jeffrey Lau, 16, is also an amateur composer - he has recorded two albums and sold them at school.
'I usually start with a base chord. Then I add melody and other elements. It can take anything from a day to a few months to create a new piece,' said Jeffrey.
Although Clara Chan, 14, will play a well known piano piece, she also composes electronic music using the computer.
'I edit my work and upload it to the internet. I prefer electronic music because you can add different beats and elements.'
If guzheng, clarinet, piano and a cappella performances aren't your cup of tea, the school's alternative rock band The Shake and piano rock group BFT offer an alternative.
BFT will perform a version of Can't Help Falling In Love.
'We modify big hits by adding extra lines or other elements. We want to try a whole new style,' said band member David Wang.
Combining piano, guitar and drums, The Shake will play original material written by the four members.
Michael Yung and Ashwin Khosa, who take it in turns to play all the instruments, said: 'Our songs are about the things that happen in our daily life, like the frustrations or happy moments we encounter at school.'
Luminous: Friday, September 28 at 7pm in the CIS auditorium. Tickets cost HK$20.
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