Musicale 2023 – Music We Grew Up With, A Celebration of Cristofori Students’ Talent and Achievements!
Cristofori’s annual grand students’ concert and star student recognition awards, Musicale 2023 wrapped up on 8th December at the National Drama Centre with colorful, touching numbers performed by our very own students and teachers, featuring songs from our childhoods.
This year’s concert also broke records for our school, having the largest number of performers to date in the concert program with performers numbering close to 200! With the largest number of big ensembles presenting, Musicale 2023 will certainly be a memorable one!
The concert opened with a highly energetic Jay Chou extravaganza by a percussion ensemble playing to one of his greatest hits “霍元甲 Fearless” to heighten the mood with a heart-pumping beat. A medley of familiar tunes from nursery rhymes to anime themes and K-pop tracks, and radio hits followed in “Mixed Musical Anecdotes”, and was then succeeded by a rendition of Maroon 5’s “Memories” by violin ensemble.
With Disney’s surge of revival films, “The Little Mermaid” has now been reintroduced to a new generation and was reinterpreted in epic fashion with a suspenseful introduction leading into the familiar strains of the well-loved “Part of Your World” played by band, strings and flute.
The evergreen melody of Richard Clayderman’s 1977 instrumental piece “Ballade Pour Adeline” invoked feelings of nostalgia, interpreted soulfully by the guitar ensemble. A piano duet then came on stage to play “Disney Princess Medley”, bringing many of us back into our childhood years. The Star Students Awards then followed as we took a break from the performances to honor this year’s Star Student Awardees.
The performances resumed with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” arranged for very unique instrumentation with handbells, otomatone, melodica, piano, and band, giving a whimsical holiday twist to this composition. An acoustic rendition of a medley of Mandopop hits from Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysian singers was the next programme that surely captured the hearts of the audience followed by an instrumental cover of Lady Gaga’s chart-topping “Bad Romance”.
Disney is certainly a big part of our collective childhoods as evidenced with a spectacular solo piano rendition of “Prince Ali” from “Aladdin”, followedand closing out the program was a choir presentation of the songs “Homeward Bound”, and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.
The performers’ efforts definitely paid off, giving their best to a SOLD OUT house! Despite the challenges of arranging group rehearsals, the support of teachers, staff and family members made everything possible.
The evening was also a chance for us to acknowledge our hard-working students at the Star Student Awards, recognising the role models among our students with their work ethic and support of Cristofori activities and events. (any poster/artwork for all star students?) Congratulations to all 28 Cristofori Star Students for 2023! Keep up the good work!
Full List of Performers, Star Student Awardees and Acknowledgements can be found in the Musicale Concert Programme!
The Musicale 2023: Music We Grew Up With was an excellent and enjoyable show for the whole family. Congratulations to all the performers, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s Musicale!