For weeks and weeks, all everyone had been talking about was the Mayor’s concert. And after all the hard work and time everyone put in, the concert took place in Theatre Severn on the 15th of March. This year, we had a huge variety of performances separated into two parts — the musical acts and the society acts. This performance was even broadcasted via live stream, and families all around the world even stayed up until 3 or 4 in the morning to watch!
We first had a beautiful and strong start with Mr Kokkinos, the organiser of the whole event, and Ms Perrins performing a Greek song, accompanied by the chamber choir and a wide range of instruments. It was followed with other musical acts, such as band coaching, choir, and wind ensemble. There were many highlights of the first act, but my favourite was definitely the samba band. Not only was it loud and exhilarating, but it gave me a new experience of playing these types of drums.
Then came the 30 minute interval, where everyone performing in the first half of the concert could catch their breath and rush to get changed into their society costumes. We had many society performances to offer, not to mention we even had two new societies; the Greek and Latin American, which both performed very well. Many of the societies, such as Thai, Eastern European, Vietnam, Indian and China performed traditional pieces whilst wearing enchanting costumes, whereas some societies, such as Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian and Hong Kong put a modern twist on them.
I was involved in the Hong Kong society performance and honestly, I wasn’t too fond of doing it at first as I didn’t know how to dance whatsoever (and I still don’t). But as I went to more and more practices and rehearsals, I realised that it’s more about the enjoyment and fun of being involved in a society, rather than being the best at everything. I loved the thought of having so many societies perform, as it not only shows that Concord has a wide range of traditions and cultures, but it also helps many of us cope with homesick as it brings us together with familiar faces and languages. The thing that surprised me the most was the amount of Form 3s involved.
As a Form 3 myself, I didn’t feel as if I would have enough confidence to step up and perform in front of the whole school due to the fact that we were all new and weren’t very sociable with everyone. I thought that I wouldn’t have any fun due to the amount of effort and time I would waste. But, as I joined more acts, like the samba band, choir and Hong Kong society, it started becoming more fun as firstly, we could meet new people, and secondly, we could take a break from the school work and have leisure and relaxation. I then ended up not regretting it. The Mayor’s concert was a night that would never be forgotten and I hope to participate and do more next year.
Sharita Lai F3
During half term, we went to a trip to New York, and like Mr. Hudson said, it was the best trip everrrrrrr!
Here are some of the highlights:
Day 1: We visited Times Square for the first time. Like I expected, Times Square was a really exciting place with TONS of huge billboards. Sometimes when I was inside a building and looking out of the windows, I felt like there was still daylight although it was late in the evening already!
Day 2: I loved the Mets!! I haven’t got enough time to see what I wanted to see, but my favourite part from what I saw was the mythological sculptures. One of my favourite pieces was “Ugolino and His Sons”. Looking at the sculpture, at all the details and imagining how dedicated the sculptor must have been really took my breath away.
In the afternoon, we went to see Matilda The Musical in Shubert Theatre, Broadway and it was one of the favourite parts of the trip for me. As a drama student, I found myself getting VERY inspired. Everything about the musical was beyond amazing and now, back in Concord, I keep finding myself singing Matilda’s soundtrack!
Day 3: At 9am, while the university group visited Princeton University, we visited the MoMA museum of Art. We had a very nice guide in the museum. She showed and talked to us about works of famous artists such as Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp, Picasso, Van Gogh, etc. I was amazed that there were so many authentic works of such famous artists in front of me and also, I was very inspired. Although I do love art, I am not particularly good at drawing but after looking at the works in MoMA, I realized how art can be absolutely anything and told myself I would be braver and more daring with my next creative work! 🙂
Day 4: In the evening, we went to see a basketball game in Madison Square Garden which was super duper duper duper fun and I believed was the most exciting thing that I did in NYC! The game was NYC Knicks vs Miami Heats. We were hyped when we saw how big the stadium is and the atmosphere and everything just made it so exhilarating!!! I got myself a giant finger and was actually very focused on the game and was cheering very hard! Knicks lost but that’s alright… Oh such a night…!!
Day 5: The last day, we visited Greenwich Village, which had an AMAZING bookstore! 18 miles of books! I was overwhelmed by the variety and the amount of books in front of me and had to take a while to actually choose something. All the time I was worried I wouldn’t have enough time there, and it was true – I didn’t! The rest of the day was spent for last-minute shopping and I bet everyone felt very satisfied with the things they got.
Overall, NYC was an amazing experience to me. After I was back at Concord and looked back at what I did in the last 5 days, I thought to myself “WOW! Did I really do that many things?”
I got to learn a lot of new things, get exposed to new ideas, shopped a lot and strengthened my relationships with my friends! I think if you get a chance to go on this trip, please consider signing up, because seriously, it is so fun and can be life-changing! You would realize how there are so many exciting things in the world for you to explore and might come up with ideas that you have never thought of or have dreams that you never dared to dream before!
Heidi Vuong F4