Friday, January 30, 2015

Rocking on, NYPCO!

 Who says Chinese orchestras can only play Chinese or traditional music? NYPCO (NYP Chinese Orchestra) has challenged the notion of Chinese orchestras with their Billboard Rockx! Concert, which took place on the 23rd November at the Esplanade Concert Hall, by playing, you guessed it, rock and popular music!

With a strong history of three very successful K-Attack! performances, NYPCO is well-known in the local Chinese orchestra community for its beautiful music.

The orchestra opened with “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance, and the wind instruments team, donning in black rocker-chic attire, entered through the concert hall guest entrance and marched pass the audience playing a show-stopping melody. As they reached the stage, the NYPCO team was introduced and the entire orchestra proceeded to wow the audience with their songs.

Having attended many music concerts, I have to say that the conductor was extremely relaxed and friendly with the audience. We were encouraged to take out our phones, take photos with the flashlight on and also wave along to the music.

One of the highlights of the performance was when the percussion team tap danced to their song. With a tambourine and other instruments in hand, they clapped and tapped along to a spectacular medley of the popular songs of today!

From popular songs of today like “Let it go” to timeless classics from Michael Jackson, the one and a half hour performance was just NOT ENOUGH! As we neared the end, many in the audience members shouted for an encore.

Having spent most of my childhood practicing as a Chinese orchestra player, attending the concert brought a sense of nostalgia. I understand the difficulty of each instrument and could easily spot mistakes. However, as critical as I am, NYPCO did not disappoint, and delivered a beautiful evening of music. It was simply amazing to watch how passionate the NYPCO team were. The NYPCO members genuinely enjoyed making music and that itself brought joy to all of us.

I am certain the audience cannot wait for more concerts to come! NYPCO ROCK ON!

 By Cheryl Soh, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management

A self-proclaimed misfit, Cheryl is an avid writer. She does not hesitate to give her honest opinion, and believes that a writer should be responsible and fair. Her favourite authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, Mark Twain, and Ray Bradbury. She aspires to publish her own novel someday.

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