Video: Choral Speaking and Dramatic Duologue

Every year, some classes compete take part in the choral speaking competition in the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival. In choral speaking, a massed group recites a poem. Dramatic duologues short dramas, usually excerpts from a play or dramatic adaptations of a book, for two performers. These are videos of some of the performances.

For videos of solo performances or sample readings, you can go to the English deparments YouTube page: www.youtube.com/user/lamwooenglish/

A Song of Toad (from The Wind in the Willows) by Kenneth Grahame (2016)

Class 2D of SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School in Hong Kong give a choral speaking performance of A Song of Toad by Kenneth Graham. The group were champions (Secondary 1-2) in the Hong Kong School’s Speech Festival and were invited to perform at the showcase of top performances.
Teacher-in-charge: STR

Choral Speaking: Ten Dancing Dinosaurs by John Foster (2014)

Class 2D of SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School in Hong Kong give a choral speaking performance of Ten Dancing Dinosaurs by John Foster. The group were champions (Secondary 1-2)in the Hong Kong School’s Speech Festival and were invited to perform at the showcase of top performances.
Teacher-in-charge: STR

Choral Speaking: The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Extract) (2013)

Class 3D of SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School in Hong Kong give a choral speaking performance of Robert Browning’s adaptation of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The group were champions (Secondary 3-4) in the Hong Kong School’s Speech Festival.
Teacher-in-charge: Ms Laurie Fung

Choral Speaking: He and She (2013)

Class 2D of SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School in Hong Kong give a choral speaking performance of Clare Bevan’s poem He and She. They were second runners-up (Secondary 1-2) in the Hong Kong School’s Speech Festival.
Teacher-in-charge: STR
Student Leaders: Yammi Yip and Kiko Law

Choral Speaking: The Fire Monster (2013)

Class 4E of SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School in Hong Kong give a choral speaking performance of John Foster’s poem The Fire Monster. They were second runners-up (Secondary 3-4) in the Hong Kong School’s Speech Festival.
Teacher-in-charge: Ms. Joanna Yim

Choral Speaking: The Song of the Jellicles (2012)

Class 2T of SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School perform The Song of the Jellicles by T.S Eliot.
Teacher-in-charge: STR

Choral Speaking: The Alice Jean by Robert Graves (2012)

Class 6F of SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School rehearse their choral speaking performance of the poem ‘The Alice Jean’ by Robert Graves.They performed the poem a few days later at the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival and won first place.

Teacher-in-charge: Ms Champagne Hung
Student Leaders: Veron Hung and Christine Ng
Soloist: Evangeline Hung

Dramatic Duologue: The Silver Rose (Excerpt) by J.C. Trewin (2011)

Maggie and Angie from SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School rehearse a scene from J.C. Trewin’s the Silver Rose. They performed this dramatic duologue at the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival in 2011, winning first prize (Secondary 5-6).
Coach: STR

Choral Speaking: The Camel’s Complaint (2011)

Two classes of students rehearse their interpretations of The Camel’s Compaint by Charles E Carryl. The video was recorded in November 2011. The classes later competed in the Hong Kong School’s Speech Festival, with 3E (coached by Grace Sze) placing third and 4e (coached by Joanna Yim) placing third. The image of the camel at the beginning and end is taken from a photograph by Sebastian Niedlich Grabthar).It was animated using CrazyTalk. Unfortunately, the school hall and lecture theatre were being used so we had to record the video outdoors, with less than ideal sound and lighting conditions.

Choral Speaking: The Boneyard Rap by Wes Magee (2010)

Three classes of students rehearse their interpretations of The Boneyard Rap by Wes Magee. The video was recorded in November 2010. The classes competed two days later, with 3D (coached by Grace Sze) placing second and 3E and 4D (coached by Champagne Hung and Curtis Ho, respectively) placing third.

To get a clearer sound recording, I used a portable digital audio recorder (Roland R-05) that I could place close to the group (just off camera). The video was edited in Premiere Pro. The introduction at the beginning was made by combining pictures of a pumpkin, an eye and a pair of lips using Photoshop and then animating the composite picture in a face-puppetry program called CrazyTalk. In this video, however, the mouth movements are not well synchronized to the actual words; usually, CrazyTalk does a better job at this. The transitional video (the moving bones) was adapted from footage in a bought collection video material. The opening title text was animated using After Effects. The music during the end credits was played on a Korg M50 and recorded using Goldwave (it is recycled from the Seasonal Limericks video).

Choral Speaking: Weasels by John Latham (2009)

This is a video of students from SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School (Class 6F) performing John Latham’s poem Weasels at the school’s Christmas service (21 December 2009). The class had performed this poem when competing at the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival, winning first prize in the senior section. They were coached by Ms. Susie Liu. The poem describes a boy’s misunderstanding of a doctors diagnosis of ‘measles’ as ‘weasels’.

Teresa Ng and Maggie Lai of class 3E did the video recording. I recorded the sound so that I could try out a new piece of equipment for the school’s multimedia studio—a Tascam digital audio recorder. Unfortunately, the background noise, especially the sound of fans (and air-conditioning) was quite loud, so the audio was difficult to clean up.

Seasonal Limericks (2009)


This video combines the choral speaking performances of two groups of students (Classes 1E and 2E) from SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School. The poem, Eric Finney’s Seasonal Limericks, was performed at the school’s Christmas service on 21 December 2009. The classes had performed this poem when competing at the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival, with 1E winning first prize in the junor section section. The students were coached by Ronnie Tam (1E), Champagne Hung and STR (2E).  

Teresa Ng and Maggie Lai of class 3E did the video recording. I recorded the sound and edited the video.

The music during the end-credits was played on a Korg M50 using one of the standard presets. The snow-covered trees are from a photograph—Fresh Snow in the Garden of Ambras Castle—by Noclador. Other clips were obtained from various stock-footage collections.  


~by longzijun

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