Well-lit walls, glowing on their own accord, with a long queue of University of Nottingham Malaysia population waiting for an eventful evening. The decorations amicable enough to awe the audience entering the Great Hall as murmurs of excitement began to disperse among them. Right ahead, the empty stage shimmers confidently and embossed on it are the words, 10th Anniversary: Choir & Chamber Music Orchestra.
The line-up of the choir and orchestra crew was nothing short of mesmerizing. The first performance greeted the audience with a glorious rendition from the movie The Greatest Showman The popular song echoed in the Great Hall comfortably, harmoniously with the orchestra team blending in seamlessly with the choir team’s brilliant singing, conducted by Chin Yu Qiong.
Only in Sleep by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds was performed next. Choir team’s impeccable vocal delivery and accurate pacing transformed the Great Wall’s atmosphere to a quiet, subtle mode as if inviting the audience to an undisturbed slumber. Followed by this was the unexpected performance of the choir team’s Mr Bean Mash-up originally composed by Howard Goodall.
After a riveting first half, the second half of the show began with La La Land’s Another Day of Sun originally composed by Justin Hurwitz. The entire crew assembled themselves in colourful apparels, for this summer-like peppy tune. It became a treat for the ears when composer John Williams’s soundtracks were performed next from movies like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Superman, Home Alone and Jurassic Park.
A couple of final performances brought the night to a well-deserved closure. An emotionally evoking singing of The Hanging Tree from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, was brought forth by the choir team. Apart from the hooded costumes that were realistic enough, the performance itself carried a dark, bone-chilling tone that grew on you and gave you goosebumps. The falsetto was exceptional and dragged the audience into a silent trance.
And at last, the nearly three-hour journey came to a graceful end with the sensational rock song by the band Queen from the album A Night at the Opera. Yes, you guessed it right! The Bohemian Rhapsody. Brimming with passion and full of enthusiasm, all the performers sang their hearts out until CCMO came to an unforgettable end. And with that, CCMO walked away with pride for the 10th annual performance, having exceeded their own expectations. If you are still in campus next year, be sure not to miss this one!