21 August, 2012

2012 NCV Talent Night

On Friday the 10th of August, NCV residents gathered in the Main Common Room for the ‘2012 NCV Talent Night’.

The night started out with the NCV choir performing ‘When you Believe’ from Prince of Egypt accompanied by Premilla Chinappa Quinn on the piano. This was followed by a short animation clip created by resident Shu Low.

Residents were also treated to a lovely piano piece (Rondo Capriccioso op.14 by F. Mendelssohn) played by resident Joni Mok.

One of the highlights of the event was resident Vivien Lee’s rendition of ‘Valerie’ which wowed the audience as they clapped along to the beat. Next up, resident Natalia Novozhilova performed a beautiful modern jazz dance routine.

One of the surprises of the night was the next act, by residents Theresa Crossing and Tim Amos. What started out as a simple juggling act turned into an acrobatic act leaving the audience gasping with amazement.

The evening took a more dramatic turn as resident Ahsan Kabir belted out a hindi song (Na Jaane Koyi) accompanied by residents Ria Dev and Pesila Ratnayake.

Resident daredevil Kevin Phang with the help of Platini Lee and Majid Sepanji then took to the stage to perform an acrobatic act called ‘the human flag’. Platini Lee put aside his usual role as the ‘official photographer’ leaving the audience in stitches with his stand-up comedy.

Not to disappoint, Cecilia White caught everyone’s attention with her poetry reading performance entitled ‘A Haunting of Nightvowels’.

Next up to showcase her talents, resident Rachel Chung performed the First Movement to Moonlight Sonata.

Kevin Phang then took the stage again to perform a solo guitar piece.

Stephan Chikazaza, a ‘usual’ in previous Music Nights left the audience in awe, performing one of his own compositions.

The night ended with a bang as the NCV Band performed ‘Somebody that I used to know’, ‘If you’re Gone’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ while unearthing the talent of future rockstar Michael Sturm (senior resident).

Events such as these are regularly held at NCV to bring individuals together. It is meant to provide a venue for residents to showcase their talents while allowing them to get away from the stresses of work and university for that short span of time. All in all, the event was definitely a success, and one thing is for sure, everyone left with a smile on their faces.

And of course, at the NCV, the show isn’t over till the fat penguin dances. Our very own mascot, Frank took to the stage, getting the crowd pumped up while performing the steps to YMCA.


06 August, 2012

Jamaica Night at NCV

On 6th August 2012 the Caribbean nation of Jamaica celebrated 50 years of independence. On Saturday 4th August NCV’s only Jamaican resident, Master of Policy Studies student Tameka Lee, organized an evening of Jamaica-themed celebrations to mark the occasion. 
The Main Common Room was decked out in the colours of the Jamaican flag: black, green and gold, and residents were encouraged to wear something in the same colours. Tameka commenced the evening with an introduction to Jamaica, introducing the geography, demographics and history, accompanied by a slide show.  This was followed by a number of distinctly Jamaican items: a performance on steel drum, a recital of the Louise Bennett Coverley poem “Colonization in Reverse”, a rendition of the Harry Belafonte classic “The Banana Boat Song” and a lesson in elementary patois language: “wah gwan?” (what’s going on?). The NCV dancing group put together a dance for the occasion, and residents enjoyed some delicious Jamaican food (goat curry and jerk chicken). 

To cap off a brilliant night for Jamaica Usain Bolt commenced the ultimately successful defence of his Olympic 100m title in the early hours of 4th August.  Go Jamaica!