All posts tagged: multi-disciplinary art

神游上河 (Shen You Shang He) Handbell Music

I am really excited to be given the rare opportunity to conduct the Ministry of Bellz in the premiere of my latest composition, handbell music 神遊上河 for Solo Chinese Bass Drum, Solo Soprano, Handbell Ensemble and Mixed Choir. The premiere will be performed by Ms. Melodie Ng (Percussion), Ms. Grace Kuo (Soprano Solo), Ministry of Bellz & the Schola Cantorum Singapore Chamber Choir TODAY,  27 January 2018 at the Drama Centre Theatre Singapore (National Library). Tickets are SOLD OUT so hope you got your tickets early! 神遊上河 is a first for me, in many ways. Unusual instrumentation – solo Chinese bass drum, solo soprano, handbell ensemble and choir. “Live” projection of a really cool ancient Chinese painting (清明上河图) as the music is playing. And yes the painting is scrolling from right to left as per Chinese tradition! Compositionally, this is pretty new ground for me… taking inspiration from various places: Ancient Chinese 编钟 bian zhong (bell) music Modern Western handbell music Compositional ideas from contemporary pop and classical music THANK YOU Baba Damien LIM and the Ministry of Bellz for having faith in us and for commissioning …

Serendipity Are Made of These

Intellectuals like to think one’s destiny is determined by one’s choices… this wannabe intellectual is feeling (at least for today), that perhaps one’s choices are governed and led inexorably by destiny… Haec Dies: 1. A happy occasion where my old friend, seriously overachiever and talented NAFA classmate gets married! *congrats John!* 2. Two of my adult choirs pull off respectable public performances after having come a very loooong way: 2.1 The STAR Teachers’ Choir’s first public performance @ the Esplanade Library! The small chamber group of 13 (+1 conductor), completely self-led, made up of music teachers in-training and full-fledged music teachers. Do note though that many of them are learning singing for the first time, let alone conducting, leading warmups and organising themselves as a choir etc. I must say for such a group to sing music with 4-part divisi like today is not a walk in the woods!! GREAT JOB and kudos to the two conductors Rebecca Lau (Mayflower Primary School) and Allen Losey (Tampines Primary School)!!! *muacks* Above: The lovely, crazy teachers from …