In this academic year (1997-1998) we, the String Orchestra, were industrious and keen about making music. Not only did we give a performance on Speech Day and participated in the Music Festival, but we also joined the "1997 Hong Kong Youth Music Interflow, String Orchestra Interflow" and performed in the concert called "Oasis" held by our Music Association.

In early September, we carried out an audition for our members in order to classify them into different sections and the section leaders were also chosen.

What surprised us most was that more and more Form One boys can play string instruments very well, much better than those in previous years. They all have the gift from God.

After the audition, we started our practices for the performance on Speech Day. On 27th of November, the pieces we played were the 'Salute d' Amour', written by Elgar and the 'Hungarian Dance No.5', written by Brahms. Although the performance was not as good as I expected, we still earned much appreciation from the audience.

After Speech Day, we started to prepare for the Music Interflow. Although the pieces chosen for the performance were the same as those we played on Speech Day, we still concentrated on practices and tried to make some improvements on our repertoire. On 21st of September, we went to Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium for our second performance. This time, I am glad to say that our performance was much better than that of my expectation.

After a week of rest, we had to prepare for the Music Festival. As it was my first time as chairman, I was extremely nervous and tried to arrange the orchestral practices as frequently as possible. Fortunately, I was not the only one who cared about the competition. Actually, most of our members were trying their best practicing the pieces and helping other members who had difficulties. Again, we could feel that the "Wah Yan Spirit" has long been the energy pushing us Wahyanites to work together and to achieve the same goal.

As the competition approached, we rehearsed more and more frequently. The day of reckoning came and we went to Tsuen Wan Town Hall for the hard fight. In this competition, we got the second runner-up position . We all know that we had already tried our best in our performance. However, the other competitors played even better than us, so we could congratulated the winners and said that we would try again next year. I hope that the chairman next year will be able to do better and get a more promising result than we had.

Here, I would like to thank our director Mr. Wong Wai Ming. Before the competition, he spent a lot of time on our orchestral practices and taught us a lot, not only the way we should play the pieces, but also the value of the competition itself. It is not a must to be the winner in every competition, but we must find out what we have gained from our experiences.

This was not the end of the story. After the competition, there was a concert held by the Music Association. We took part in performing one of Mozart's famous chamber music called 'Divertimento in F'.

Lastly, I would like to thank Mr. Norman So, Mr. Yue Poon Leung, Mr. Leung Wai Kwong, Ms. Hwong Yen Fang, Mr. Lee Tak Kwan and Mr. Gray So for their great support. Thanks should also be given to all the section leaders, librarians and members for working so hard throughout the year. I do believe that we wouldn't have had such a great success in the absence of any one member of the orchestra.

William Chiu
Concert Master
Chairman

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