All posts tagged: Leong Yoon Pin

Life & Death

Are they lacking composers and singers in heaven?  Leong Yoon Pin’s departure was not that long ago and now, I just received news of the death of a wonderful Taiwanese-German soprano whom I’ve had the good fortune of meeting, work with and learn from in the 2010 Taipei Bach Festival. Life can be full of surprises indeed, a real reminder that our time on earth is a short one where one should live life to the fullest.  Life is too short to live unhappily. Mdm 佩穎, Requiescant in pace. Thank you for blessing us with your beautiful soprano voice during the Taiwan St John Passion. Your generous spirit and humble outlook is an inspiration to all who’ve had the good fortune of working with you.  You will be missed!

Leong Yoon Pin – A Choral Odyssey

Leong Yoon Pin – A Choral Odyssey 25 August 2009 is a milestone in Singapore’s choral history.  Led by 4 renowned Singaporean conductors, a tour de force of 12 school and community choirs came together for an unprecedented gathering to pay tribute to Singapore’s pioneering composer, performing to an appreciative full-house crowd at the Esplanade Concert Hall in a concert aptly titled “Leong Yoon Pin – A Choral Odyssey”. This featured composer is Mr. Matthew Leong Yoon Pin (b.1931), a respected educator and conductor who is best known for his voluminous output of choral music as well as myriad instrumental works that run the gamut from symphonies, overtures, concertos to chamber works. Leong’s choice of text shows a predilection for poetry ranging from the Chinese classical greats such as Li Bai (李白) and Du Fu (杜甫) to modern English nationalistic poetry by local poets such as Angeline Yap.  His choice of texts is born of a natural affinity for the two languages and filtered by the political climate of the late 1950s – choral songs …