Soprano star shines
EIGHTEEN-year-old Wong Wai-sum's soprano singing ended on a bright note recently when she emerged champion in the vocal solo soprano competition at the 45th Hongkong Schools Music Festival.
The Ho Man Tin Government Secondary School student beat 12 other girls in the under-19 category and impressed the judges with her expressive and powerful vocals.
Wai-sum, a Form 7 student, was modest about her win. ''My intonation is still not accurate,'' she said.
She said her win was unexpected but she could not hide her pleasure as she smiled for the cameras.
Wai-sum is a familiar voice in competitions. She started singing with the Hongkong Children's Choir when she was eight years old. Last year, she won the under-15 category at the festival.
This year, classmate Chau Yuet-yin accompanied Wai-sum on the piano. ''We trained for the competition for about one month,'' said Yuet-yin.
Judge Huang Feili, a music professor at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, said he was pleased with the overall performances of the participants.
''But their intonation could be better,'' he added. Mr Huang noted however that, as amateurs, the students had no formal training.
''There are aspects which could be improved, such as musical expression and phrasing.'' Meanwhile, Wai-sum plans to carry on singing after she enters university. Third-prize winner Temmy Chan of St Mary Canossa College said she had no plans yet.
''I am still recovering from the excitement of my achievement,'' smiled the 17-year-old.
The competition was held at the St Andrew's Church Hall in Tsim Sha Tsui. Those who were placed after Wong Wai-sum were: Yeung Suet-fan and Chan Kwok-wing who tied for second and Lam Chun-chun and Temmy Chan who tied for third.
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