How's the blogskin! It's not the final one yet and we'll continue touching it up!:D
It's the holy days now and all of us are studying and mugging. But remember to relax too! When you want to take a break, just take out your instru and play some scales or a small part of Mozart's Eine Kleine or Tchaikovsky! It's good to have some practice!
Oh and to all the sec1s and sec2s performing, ALL THE BEST AND JIAYOU! Play and WOW the audience yeah!
SURPRISE! We finally changed our blogskin!!! Special thanks to Ying Tong(老板/boss) for creating it =D We're stil in the process of editing the skin and the background pic (which does not include the greys) is just temporary. So don't worry, everyone will have their faces pasted on the blog soon... >:D eheheh.
Jubilate is coming REAL SOON, so here are some things to take note of!
So based on our syf recording...
1) Intonation Take note of this for the running down scales, for example Rounds bar 17. It sounded horrible in the recording, but then again, it might be because of the not really good recording quality.
2) SHORT (Articulation/Accents) Yes, the acoustics of the hall wasn't very good during syf, but ANYWAY, just play it short. Then it won't sound so draggy! Yep.
Ok thats all for the SYF pieces. I think.
As for Hope, just look at Mr Chan and know what he's doing so you can come in on time. And take note of the dynamics.
THAT'S ALL! Jiayous stringers!!!!! WE CAN DO IT!!!!!!!! =)
This is Jana here. I know many of you are disappointed with the results but I am glad that your seniors (Jessalyn, Olivia.. Vanessa... etc.) are taking it with good spirits. Yes, SNSO didn't reach its goal of getting the very-much-desired Gold With Honours prize, but didn't every single one of you have a GWH SYF journey?
I know it is tough to go out to face the other CCAs when the Symphonic Band, Chinese Orchestra, Choir and Modern Dance all got the GWH, and I do know that your peers have been 'looking down' on SNSO just because we didn't get the GWH. Trust me, I know that how it feels. But you see, the SYF is more than just getting a 'brand' for the orchestra, it is forging bonds with your orchestra mates throughout the months of intense preparations, it is going through so much drama and hatred and yet love and adoration for every little thing about SYF - whether be it the people, your instrument, the piece, the conductor.
Having been through 3 SYFs and a long-time member of SNSO, I do know the excitement and the joy that SYF brings, as well as the disappointment and the tears.
Just a few days ago, SNSO walked out of the RP auditorium in tears, shaking with shock and crying with disappointment. But every single one of you did a STUNNING job and I know (trust me haha) the amount of hard work, the skipping of many recesses, the amount of sandwich bread eaten, the hours of practicing till you feel like ripping your scores apart. Every single one of us who is and was part of the SNSO family knows how much harder we have to work to achieve the kind of standard we have now.
And of course, not forgetting the very handsome and cool man that brought us to this stage: our dear conductor Mr. Chan Wei Shing.
He has never ever given up on us even when we were literally playing like... um.. like... cats. And that is a testament to how much faith he has in the potential of SNSO. Your seniors are always cheering SNSO on, because even though we've left, there's always a part of us that will till remain with SNSO. That is the beauty of an SNSO girl.
So never give up on SNSO, your peers and most importantly, yourselves.
I am so terribly proud of every single one of you. And despite the results we have achieved, dear SNSO, we are still a GWH orchestra.
Fight on! And remember to play with all your heart and soul for Jubilate, and prove everybody that SNSO is of great quality, spirit and determination.
To the rest of the juniors who will be in SYF 2011, I hope all of you have learned from this experience, and continue to hunger for that goal every orchestra has for SYF.
On behalf of string, we congratulate all string orchestra for putting in a lot of hard work for this SYF performance (: we have put in our very best to make this performance the ultimate best (: a round of applause for all string orchestra! WELL DONE!! (:
We are all super super proud of each and everyone of you guys!! WE DID IT!! WE ROCK MAN, and women!! (: we made an impact and wow everyone! we have proved that we girls are able to play manly songs well! don't care about what others say, in our hearts, we know that we have put in 150% into our playing, we have put in a lot of effort!! We love every single one of you guys!!
now our next mission: JUBILATE!!!! we're gonna practice super super hard to prove that we deserved it! we're gonna shock everyone with our loud, impressive and incredible playing!! everyone is gonna sit up straight and listen to us!
We WILL move like lallangs (basses!), smile confidently, stare at Mr Chan, pluck with such great movements, breathe together making the audience breathe together with us, cellos will play like yankee doodle (: (: (; we will WOW every single one!! so string, do not feel upset! take this as a learning experience, the best memories we've ever had. JUBILATE, We WILL LEAVE THE BEST IMPRESSION EVER!! WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!! DON'T GIVE UP!!
REMEMBER OUR SMALL WORLD (: it consists of SNSTRING, OUR MUSIC, MEP ROOM, METRONOME, MR CHAN AND THE BATON (: (: (: i love our small world !! STRING, WE CAN DO IT!! GO FOR IT (: WE WILL SHINE LIKE A FROLICSOME DIAMOND (:
As I am typing this, I'm wondering how long I'd be able to post like this.
As I am typing this, our recording is playing in the background.
As I am typing this, my keyboard is gradually getting wetter and wetter.
No don't get me wrong, I am not disappointed nor am I angry or sad.
These are tears of joy for me. No, not only me, your seniors and I were on the phone, listening to it, crying.
We were good. No matter what others think, we were good. We played with all we had, gave it our best shot and let me tell you this. I don't and I never will regret what we did, what we played.
Yes we lost what we had wanted but we gained so many new things in the process. The other orchestras were fantastic, snstring please don't criticize. Learn from them, and improve ourselves. We have so much we can learn from them, every single one.
This is not our final year in SYF. Not for SNSTRING. 2 years, 4 years, 6 years, 8 years and even more later, you stringers will still be performing.
We got a gold this year. Let me tell you this, we won't be denied an honours for long. Who do you think we are?
We're SNSTRINGERS aren't we?
One time isn't going to put us in a slump forever.
My dears, cry now if you want. Cry and relieve all the stress we have been carrying on our weary shoulders. But promise me stringers, that once we're done crying, pick yourselves up again and move on.
Reach for higher places and grasp the stars. Because we want to, because we can.
I have never been so proud of something before. I am not disappointed with us, never was. What I am feeling right now is really too complex to be put into words and this feeling is something only we stringers can understand. Only we, who played on that very stage can understand.
It's alright if everyone else thinks that we're screwed. Because we're not. We all know that don't we stringers? It doesn't matter if all everyone else want is the result because we know that deep down, we've gotten it already.
I'm not asking you to delude yourselves. But just know that SNSTRING was brilliant. Know that and strive to be better, better and then, the best. We were true performers on the 29th. True snstringers and I love you all for that.
Our love for string exceeds gold with honours.
SNSTRINGERS we have one last performance this year! Practice and we will show the world what we're made of. Let your love for Rounds and Britten grow. Don't let 2009 become a painful memory, it is not, We will spend the rest of this year growing closer, becoming stronger. We will spend the rest of 2009 in joy.
We deserve it don't we stringers?
This is my last year wearing our beautiful uniform, Jubilate is my last. Make this the best Jubilate we have ever played in.
OUR BITTERSWEET MEMORIES OF 2009 WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN WILL THEY?
Tomorrow is our last time before we take centre stage. The last time we'll rehearse as an orchestra before we shine as one. Yes we'll give it our best. We're going to go up there, and give it our all. We'll shock the audience, shock the judges, shock Mr Chan. Heck, we're going to shock ourselves.
Not with a whole bunch out-of-tune notes, notes that don't exist in the score, late/early entrances/exits, a plain boring piece of whatever you want to call it.
We're going to show them what we're really made of (not sugar, spice and everything nice). What our music is truly truly made of.
We grasped the fact that yes, we do want that gold with honours. We've proven it to ourselves that we want it, we've proven to our seniors, friends that we want it. We've proven it to the teachers, Mr Chan that we want it.
We're going to prove to the audience that we want it. We're going to prove to the judges that we want it. We're going to prove that we girls, are about as manly as a guy can get. Yes, we are (albeit a bit weird to say so).
We've come so far. Dragged ourselves back from all those times of disappointment, anger and hopelessness. Even when others gave up on us, we didn't give up on ourselves. We proved our worth to them and we will render them speechless on Wednesday.
The last time we went in, we came out crying. We ended our piece knowing that it was the best we had ever played and string, we are going to feel the same way this time. I know we will.
We'll exchange glances on stage, uncertain, worried, nervous at the beginning. But I know that as our last note rings throughout the hall, we will stand and smile at the audience (smile, not grimace) and walk off stage, unable to contain our tears our joy.
We will walk backstage, laughter and tears all rolled up into one and we will confidently tell our friends praying for us back in school, our teachers, everyone that our music was brilliant, exceptional, excellent, stellar.
In other words, our music was what we wanted it to be.
Forget what others say, forget what our peers achieved, forget expectations placed on us. Because right now, it's only us and our music. Nothing else matters.
When we walk on stage, the hall will be empty, no audience, no judges. Just our dear orchestra, our dear music and our charming conductor and his baton.
My dears, from now on, his baton will be the apple of your eye.
On Wednesday morning, you will be scared. You will tell me you are scared. Then I'll tell you i'm scared shitless. Sure, it's normal to be scared, afraid, I'm not telling you to lie to yourself and say no I am not scared at all. Nor am i telling you to be really scared with me.
I'm telling you that you're not alone, as cliche as it sounds, we're all in this together. We are an orchestra, we chose this path and we're going to do this together.
Remember eveything single thing Mr Chan, your tutors, your SLs and I told you. Remember them like you would remember how scared you will be, how intimidating the hall is going to get.
I didn't talk my voice hoarse for nothing today.
We're on our 6th lap, and we're not going to flop dead. We're going to go full speed, we're going to give it all we've got. We're going to fight tooth and nail for what we want, what we deserve.
We're going to be one sound, beat with one heart, play with one goal in mind, play with one soul.
I just want to say ALL THE BEST in the upcoming Singapore Youth Festival on Wednesday :)
I know you all have worked sooo hard for it and amidst all that drama and tears (plus eating toast for the past few months and sacrificing that lovely dish of an orange bowl), I am confident that each and every single one of you will triumph and gain the results that you all want :)
Play your best, remember to look at Mr. Chan and breathe! I have x435342346 confidence in all of you! I really wish I could be there though :( be in the excitement of things and sharing this wonderful experience with all of you, BUT I'LL BE CHEERING YOU ON IN AUSTRALIA! Mak Carmen Rachel you better remember to sms me then I'll call you all :)
Hello Stringers, it's 5 more days to SYF! ! ! We all know what Mr Chan said today right :) BUT we must continue to practice hard, only then we can get *ahem* we all know what we want.
It's been 4, almost 5 very long months of eating bread, playing the same songs over and over again, and again. But from January till now, we've improved in small steps, large steps, and finally in leaps and bounds and somersaults! Now it's the last 5 days, GO STRING! It doesn't matter what the other schools are playing, because we know that with our music we'll achieve our goal! This time we don't have Hope (peter hope), we have certainty (WITHOUT A DOUBT!)
So, everyone must remember what Mr Chan, Mr Goh, Mrs Tham, Ms Foo, your SLs, Jessalyn says and remember to do it!
Hello String, Heard the news?? Band, Modern Dance, Choir all came back with Gold With Honours(: Pressurising, but We CAN do it too(: Hope you have been practising dilligently! I dont want any WhatIfs or IShouldHave's on 29th! give it your all(: If you're gonna say "I should have practised more", Practise NOW! before its too late(: 1 week to go, persevere! <33
SYF IS GETTING NEARER AND NEARER!!!!! and we WILL and MUST get better and better then BEST (:
WORK HARD! one of our piece (which i'm not allowed to post on this blog until the end of syf) is the FIRST to be played in SINGAPORE and maybe, SOUTHEAST ASIA or even ASIA!!!
we will play the piece to our extreme extreme best and get EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS to infinity and beyond(: (: (: WOOHOO!!!! WE CAN DO IT (:
Tickets for Jubilate on the 22nd of may at Republic Poly is selling at $30. Pls let any stringers know if you would like to get tickets (: there are limited number of tickets!!! SNSO will be playing second premiere of a certain piece in the whole of singapore during jubilate!!
Hey stringers! Syf is on the 29th april which is not far away.. please practice hard to get what you deserve and then you can enjoy the fruits of your labour. we are a team and please be a team player as we know we are all stars and we are all in this together. every single one of us is of significant importance in this journey to success. like huddles, we have to support each other and help those in need, helping everyone to pull through this tough period. co operate with your sls and teammates as all of them really want and are most willing to help you. the important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself :) just because someone has fancy sneakers that doesnt mean they can run faster. we may not have so much experience, however, as long as we work hard and and stick together, im positive we can do it! Stringers, be confident, as long as you put in 200 percent, we WILL get what we want!