On 8th April 2019, the CHIJ Katong Convent band made its third appearance at the Esplanade Concert hall to mesmerise the audience with its captivating pieces at the full-length concert, Limelight. Limelight is a special concert programme showcasing some of the best school choirs and concert bands in Singapore. Because of its outstanding achievements in the local schools' arts scene, the band received the honour of being invited again this year by Esplanade to perform at Singapore’s grand concert hall. The band performed renowned pieces such as Music from Princess Mononoke by Joe Hisaishi, Belah Sun Woman by Jodie Blackshaw, Counting Stars by Ryan Tedder and Shut Up and Dance by Ben Berger and Ryan McMahon. What was special about this concert was that half of the ticket proceeds were channelled towards supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes which bring the arts to at-risk youth and the elderly.
After a long six years, KC Choir was back on the stage of the Esplanade Concert Hall for her second Limelight Concert on 2 April. The eighty-strong choir, together with our KC Choir Alumnae, opened the concert with Sanakam, a Latvian folksong (meaning ‘Let’s Gather’). Helmed and mentored by conductor Mr Terrence Toh, the choir gathered to present other pieces such as Northern Lights, The Seal Lullaby, If Music be the Food of Love among others. Our student clarinettist and student violinist were also showcased in She Weeps Over Rahoon and The Snow respectively. Some other songs from the repertoire that enthralled the audience included For Good and Defying Gravity, two tracks from the popular musical Wicked. The night at the Esplanade ended with the choir’s mellifluous voices belting out It’s a Grand Night for Singing which both the choir and the audience could not have agreed more!