Spring Recital: A view on music making

An account by Karina Poon

The chamber choir in action at the Spring Recital

I remember a year ago, watching the Spring Recital as a Year 10 student, completely in awe of the talent before my eyes (or before my ears, should I say). The passionate performances and captivating compositions were all I aspired to be able to do. A year later, there I was, sitting nervously on the bleachers in the hall, about to perform to a crowd of eager students, parents and teachers.

As a Year 11 IGCSE music student, I was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to perform along with other talented year 11s and year 13 IB music students. The solo piece I chose to play was Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1. Since it is a piece I really enjoy listening to, when the time came for me to choose a piece for the Year 11 music performance recordings, it was an easy choice to make.

Before the recital began, the situation in the hall was somewhat chaotic. Our ‘backstage rooms’, namely C21 and C22, were locked, causing confusion for the performers (and parents who arrived early — they must have been perplexed by all of us shuffling about in the hall!). Luckily, the crisis was soon averted; the doors to the rooms were unlocked and we were able to move our belongings inside. Albeit with a slight delay, the curtains rose, and the show began.

Undoubtedly, I was excited to perform the piece at the recital; at the same time, I was anxious to perform to a large audience. Soon enough, my name appeared on the projector. The rest of my performance was a blur. Indeed, I had slipped slightly during the performance, but I’ve come to learn that one doesn’t have to strive for perfection in music. The recital was a chance to enjoy performing to others; to share what music has to offer to the school community. In my own small way, I believe I managed to achieve that.

On another note, I also accompanied the Vocal Academy on the piano with fellow music student Alison. Playing as a part of a large ensemble was a novel experience for me, as the piano often stands alone as a solo instrument. Performing this time round was definitely much less nerve-wracking than my solo performance; I was able to relax and enjoy the choir’s energetic tunes. All the Tuesday morning rehearsals have definitely paid off! (NB: interested in Vocal Academy? It runs every Tuesday morning!)

This year’s Spring Recital was a phenomenal one. I was so glad to have been a part of this musical endeavour. The music department really go out of their way to put on the best concerts and shows. This is what makes South Island so special — the incredible amount of talent in different school departments, and more importantly, the diversity this brings to the school community.

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