A beautiful marbled red sky set over Marlborough College Malaysia on the evening of 1st May, an evening that by tradition in England is celebrated with singing and dancing at the end of a day-long May Day Spring holiday. The beauty of the Malaysian sky was an appropriate accompaniment to our own May Day musical celebration as some of our finest pianists, five young members of the College pupil body, set upon their goal to take home the coveted Piano Competition Cup.
This is the sixth year that the Piano Soloists Competition has taken place, and it may be that this sixth year has signified the beginning of a new cycle of competitors with fresh-faced members of Year 7, Year 8 and the Shell putting their fingers to the test under the watchful eye of our adjudicator, the Regional Academic Consultant for Trinity College in Malaysia, Mr U-Jin Lim. Mr Lim, an experienced teacher, performer, adjudicator and examiner, was clearly very impressed by the quality of the playing that he witnessed as he praised the performers at the end of the contest. The repertoire chosen by the performers was demanding: ‘Presto Alla Tedesca’, the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata in G, Op.79; Movement 1 from Mozart’s Sonata number 17 in B-flat, K.570; and Chopin’s Waltz in A-flat major, Op.69, number 1. The brave performers wowed their audience and their adjudicator, but an extraordinary engaging performance by Jerry Li of Beethoven’s ‘Presto Alla Tedesca’ was ultimately awarded the cup for this year.
Congratulations must go to all of the young performers, and we are excited to see them further mature as accomplished musicians and performers as they continue their journey through the College.