We started our practice session early January and then performed for the Chinese New Year Celebration in school. When people decided there should not be angklung performance for the PTA Annual General Meeting, I knew the boys were a bit disappointed but the music must play on. And out of the blue, someone called me from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia asking whether we could play for an event there, I quickly agreed and the boys were excited to no end.
This however called for hard work from the members of the group. I calculated and we practised for less than 10 hours before the actual day and it was not easy when four of the group members were also involved in another district level marching competition held on the same day of the performance - so they were people who had to be running here and there, between the marching and angklung practice session.
We had a very bad rehearsal session with people making a lot of mistakes. With a few hours left, that was one of the moist nerve-wrecking moments I had ever experienced. However, after dinner and Maghrib prayer, we practised again and this time it was much better. And that was the biggest relief of my life, EVER.
|getting ready with the costume|
|silat performance to welcome the guest of honour|
|two of the elocution contestants|
So I guessed the performance was successfully done. There was one part when someone forgot to shake one main note but again, thank God, they did not stop in the middle. There were even audience who congratulated us for the great show. I guess all's well that ends well.
|the post performance captures|
|the closing ceremony|
|watching the closing ceremony|
|there was tea for us :)|
|the senior members of the group|
|the fifth formers and an ex-student who came|
|with Maryam Shafie, an ex-student who is |
one of the members of the organizing committee,
|waiting for the bus to take us back to school, at 11 p.m.|
So here is the video of the performance. We played two songs: "Terukir di Bintang" by Yuna and "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, the theme track of "Titanic". Enjoy!