On Wednesday 24 February 2016, HHRCS hosted a celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Monkey.
Our guests were treated to some amazing performances from members of the Chinese community at Blandville Court, the Golden Girls Dance Group from Chinese Fujian Association and students from Riverside Girls High as well as local residents and clients from around the Gladesville/Hunters Hill area.
The Blandville Court singing group sang two melodic Chinese songs highlighting their soft tones and harmonies.
The Golden Girls Dance Group enthralled us with brilliant costumes and four graceful Chinese folk dances.
Mrs Kelly, Principal from Riverside Girls High, sat proudly as her four students sang as duo's and solo's of some modern pop songs. Some of the girls accompanied the beautiful singing with their guitars.
Mrs Xiangyan Liu a 72 year old lady from Blandville Court had everybody stunned by her agility and grace as she demonstrated Tai Chi,then showed us her strength using a 'Kongfu' fan. Many of us were in awe of her balance and flexibility, especially when she did the splits!
Mr David Phelan delighted the guests with a beautiful flute solo and Mr Shenkui Zhuang played a solo on his 'Chinese violin', entitled Happy Happy. We were all very happy after these two soloist performances.
Mrs Ann Zhang sang a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne, accompanied by Mr Shenkui Zhuang on harmonica. It was lovely to see and hear the guests join in the song.
Mrs Huijun Yang was enthusiastic yet soothing with her Chinese Shaoxing Opera song.
Whilst not performers, Mrs Linda Chen and Guoyu Lu contributed to a fun afternoon by preparing fifty riddles which were displayed for guests to enjoy.
All our performers and guests enjoyed a lunch of Fried rice, spring rolls, fried dumplings, Chinese cookies or rice cakes and a selection of refreshing summer fruits.