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The Debonairs – Songs of Christmas

04 December 2014

In the spirit of Christmas, someone suggested a carol group. The prospect of this sounded like great fun and so several students proceeded to join said “choir”. Meeting times and places were set up and we began having practice sessions.

However, after the first session, we discovered that the task ahead would not be as easy as we had assumed. We had problems in tone, timing and tune. Some members dropped out. At this point, we realised that we could not do it alone. We therefore finalised the members who were:

  • Carl Ljungvall
  • Casey Cheung
  • Jack Howatson
  • Kelvin Wang
  • Nnaemeka Nwofe
  • Samuel Chinda
  • Tae Hyung Kim

Afterwards, we recruited Ms. Pratt as our supervisor and conductor. With her help and musical expertise, we improved in leaps and bounds. Our timing became more proficient and the tune was no longer an issue. We continued to practice and improve.

As the Christmas Fayre drew closer, so did the day of our reckoning. Would we be ready? Would we be good enough? Nerves began to set in. The pressure was on! Mr. Lewis had personally expressed his gratitude to us and it would be a gut-wrenching feeling to let him down or anyone else.

With firm belief in our hours of practice, we stepped up on the day of Christmas Fayre at the Santa’s grotto and started singing. To our surprise, we weren’t as bad as we thought, or at least that’s what people told us. After the first couple of times, we worked up the nerves to sing outside to the masses. We went through our roll of carols:

  • Deck the Halls
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Twelve Days of Christmas, and
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Once we were finished, we received a rousing round of applause! Things had gone quite well. Not at all what we had expected. People said we had sounded good. We however found it difficult to believe. We nonetheless accepted their praise gleefully and left to enjoy the rest of the Christmas Fayre!

Update from: Nnaemeka Nwofe, Year 12 student