Last Saturday 1 September our AISHK community experienced a very special event. 112 students from Year 3 through to Year 12 performed along-side international West End singer Daniel Koek, who flew in direct from London especially for the event. Built around wonderful music from some of the world’s most loved musical theatre shows, the evening certainly lived up to its name of A Night on Broadway.
The show opened with the Orchestra playing exciting music from the popular show Wicked. This flowed into the dynamic opening number from Songs For A New World featuring five highly talented soloists from AISHK – Serena Walsh, Sahil Mahbubani, Temana Short, Ella Bindley and Shannon Yeung. The audience were captivated by the power of their voices and their ability to present such a complex musical number.
The audience went on to be wowed with the talents of Year 5 student Matilda Dear singing a song from the musical Matilda, Year 9 student Shannon Yeung who sang a solo from the much-loved film Mulan, Year 10 student Ella Bindley who sang and accompanied herself on the piano with a medley from the film La La Land, and Year 12 student Serena Walsh who sang an excerpt from the musical Waitress. Shannon and Serena also joined together to sing a beautiful duet from Wicked.
The Vocal Ensemble and Primary Choir thrilled with their engaging renditions of songs from The Greatest Showman and Matilda, with featured solos from Year 12 student William Wong and Year 4 students Ella Macmillan and Emily Miu.
In addition to our AISHK soloists, we welcomed two guest artists from Hong Kong; Esther Li Ying Ue and Mary Suarez. Esther sang several songs from Songs For A New World, including the earnest duet I’d Give it All For You with Daniel. Mary sang the dramatic song titled On My Own from Les Miserables, which led beautifully into Daniel’s powerful rendition of Bring Him Home, demonstrating to the audience why he was chosen as one of the youngest men to play the demanding lead role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables. Daniel also thrilled the audience with a medley from Phantom of the Opera, and in total contrast presented an intimate medley from Billy Joel.
The evening was made extra special in being able to feature a number of past AISHK students. There is nothing like a live band working with soloists and choirs on stage, and we were lucky to have alumni Kelvin Fung on piano (who flew from Melbourne for the event), Andrew Cheng on guitar, Gordon Tang on trumpet, and Thomas Chiu on drums.
Playing the drums was not the only thing Thomas Chiu did for this show – he also played an integral role in organising this event. Thomas graduated from AISHK in 2009 and went on to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston before being accepted into the pilot training program. He now works as a full-time pilot with Cathay Pacific.
Alumni Dana Free travelled from Sydney just for the show and joined Daniel Koek in the singing of the moving duet Last Night of the World from the musical Miss Saigon, and then went on to sing a most heartfelt rendition of To Sir With Love.
Graeme Tyler provided the audience with an outstanding performance of the piano solo Polichinelle by Rachmaninov
We say thank you to Daniel Koek, the AISHK Orchestra, Vocal Ensemble and Primary Choir, AISHK soloists and guest soloists, as well as alumni performers. We thank musical directors Mr Peter Stapleton, Ms Vindy Ho, Ms Elise Kelly. We thank Ms Daphne Tse and Mr Paul Ng for all their invaluable work behind the scenes, and Ms Lynda Lemmon who gave so much time in directing and stage management. We thank Robert Porter from Yellow Frog Media and Ruby Chu for generous technical support. We give a heartfelt thank you to Thomas Chiu for his tireless work to make this event happen.
We thank most sincerely all who joined us for the event in the audience.
The evening concluded with two powerful show-stoppers involving all performers on stage. It was exhilarating to see and hear 120 performers join forces and perform Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music and From Now On from The Greatest Showman. What an unforgettable way to conclude a superb evening.
Performing Arts Department