Minutes before the final competition of Professor Edmond Ko Cup 2016/17, Wong Cheung Lo Hui Yuet Hall has already been filled up by student residents sitting with their respected halls. Dedicated supporters didn’t mind sitting on the stairs with their neon-lit banners and hall t-shirts. If hall belongingness couldn’t be described by words this event would be the perfect picture to show it.
As the competition started, darkness of the auditorium giving all the spot light on to the stage and the performers. The solo performance was marked with such high energy start from a rap song “I” by WANG Yuhao (Chan Sui Kau Hall, Year 3, Environmental Policy). There was a great variety of songs that were performed from western ballad love songs to Chinese classic, from Canto pop songs to alternative rock. Not only vocal skills were apparent but their emotions took over the whole atmosphere.
As amazing as the competitors were, the guest performances also took the auditorium by storm. CHAN Ying Chun (Hall 10, Year 4, Business Analysis) electrified the room when he showed off his juggling skills. Spinning, turning and tossing surely got everyone surprised. Savannah WEI (Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 1, Undeclared) and Ivana ZHANG (Alumni Civility Hall, Year 1, Computing Mathematics) performed “Come On, Get Higher” and mesmerized the audience with a touch of light acoustic.
It was amazing to see the crowd go from utter silence, showing deep respect and attention for the performance, suddenly roars and hall chants took over right after every performance.
The group performance was the main highlight – with complicated and synchronized dance choreography that has been practiced for weeks and hours, to the dynamic transition of their formations that looks like it has been planned intricately.
The group performances made the audience feel as if they were in a paid concert. Creativity was apparent in the way the performers mashed up multiple songs into one; doing their own rendition and adding a bit of themselves on to songs that we would normally hear on Spotify.
Final guest performers were, Mr. LEUNG Lappong, alumnus from Jockey Club Academy Hall, to the rock band of Sustain both doing their own versions of popular Cantonese songs.
Everyone held their breath, anticipated cheers rested at the back of everyone’s throat; Judges and important guests came up on stage to announce the winner. Taking the first place for solo performance was Edly WAI’s (Residence Tutor of Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 1, Juris Doctor) “Tian Xia Wu Shuang (天下無雙)”, that classic Chinese song with high pitched voice surely deserves this award. Sharing the Champion banner were CHEUNG Yuen Yan’s (Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 1, Undeclared) “Million Reasons” and HUI Ka Hang’s (Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 1, Undeclared) “I Know You Are Sad (我知道你很難過). The announcement then moved to the group performance awards with Qoo&Nam of Alumni Civility Hall taking up the second place, The Puppets of Jockey Club Humanity Hall taking up the first place, and Seventh Harmony of Jockey Club Harmony Hall taking up the Champion.
The Final Show of PEK Cup was then unveiled. Scores from the PEK sports events were tallied up and the Trophy Cup was brought to the stage and the whole auditorium heated up. The second runner-up… Hall 10, the first runner-up… Jockey Club Humanity Hall, and finally the final Cup was given to Jockey Club Harmony Hall!
THAT WAS THE WRAP of PEK Cup 2016 – 2017! Congratulations to everyone who participated!
Writer: Julianne DIONISIO (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
Photographers: Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall), Emily JIA (Hall 11), REN Ling (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
比賽開始了，聚光燈照亮舞台之上的表演者們，成為昏暗禮堂中最閃亮的地方。個人表演中最出彩的當屬來自陳瑞球堂的王宇豪（環保政策學系三年級）帶來的動感饒舌 —《I》。 個人表演曲目豐富多樣，從歐美抒情民謠，中式經典，粵語流行到另類搖滾樣樣俱全。而帶動全場氣氛的不僅是表演者們高超的唱功，更是充沛洋溢的情感。
嘉賓演出和唱歌比賽一樣精彩動人，贏來掌聲雷動；來自舍堂十的陳英俊（商業分析學系四年級）用他絕妙的雜耍表演讓全場氣氛燃到高點。令人眼花繚亂的旋轉與拋擲讓每個人都驚羨無比。魏珂（賽馬會敬賢堂/一年級）和張清源（校友樂禮堂/計算數學學系一年級）的小清新吉他演奏「Come On, Get Higher」更是繞梁三尺。
接下來是大家屏息以待的賽果公佈。獨唱項目出現了雙冠軍，由演唱《Million Reasons》的張琬茵（賽馬會敬賢堂/一年級）和演唱《我知道你很難過》的許嘉亨（李兆基堂/一年級）共同獲得，以海豚高音主唱《天下無雙》的衞嘉宜（賽馬會群萃堂/法律博士一年級）則榮獲第三。團體表演的冠亞季分別由賽馬會群萃堂的Seventh Harmony、賽馬會敬賢堂的The Puppets 及校友樂禮堂的Qoo&Nam 獲得。
文: Julianne DIONISIO (賽馬會敬賢堂)
譯: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
攝: 丁琳笠 (校友樂禮堂)、賈藝琛 (舍堂十一)、任伶 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)