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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 …

Tok Gong Movers Review

I usually write reviews of arts performances that move me… but today, I really feel compelled to give a review on a company that moves… houses. Buying-selling, renovations (OMG… just kill me) and moving things from the old place to the new is truly one of the most stressful things I’ve had to do in recent years. This moving company however, has TOTALLY made my day and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them to anyone who needs a reliable, meticulous and organised team to help you. Glad for the word-of-mouth recommendation  from my music colleague, if not, I wouldn’t even know about your company (not everyone uses Facebook as a directory ya know!). Shared on Tok Gong Movers Facebook Page today, 18 June 2017: Dear David and your (3+1)-man team, From the pre-move recce, to the actual moving, to today’s (ultra last minute emergency request) post-move help, you have been totally THE BEST! I would like to thank you for the top notch service and willingness to go above and beyond your job. I was particularly impressed …

A Review of “Honestly! 3 Operas, One Hour.”

A review of “Honestly! 3 Operas, One Hour.” L’arietta Productions 02 April 2016, 7pm 10 Square, Orchard Central. The Gentlemen’s Island Music by Joseph Horovitz (1925 – ), libretto by Gordon Snell Window Shopping Music by Chen Zhangyi, libretto by Jack Lin. A Hand of Bridge Music by Samuel Barber (1910-1981), libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) Honestly! is L’arietta’s first full length production and oh boy was this a fun night! Opening with Horovitz’s 1958 opera “The Gentlemen’s Island”, Reuben Lai (Tenor) and Brent Allcock (Baritone) were an absolute joy to watch and listen to. Both artists were evidently comfortable in their comedic roles, with beautiful individual musical touches to their lines (turtle souPP and juuicy oysters anyone?). Do not however, mistake this one-act comedy opera to be musical fluff! Horovitz’s work while tonal in nature was nonetheless difficult music even though Lai and Allcock sang it with aplomb, making it sound a lot easier than it really is. The libretto was a cutting commentary on social classes and rules… two shipwrecked ‘gentlemen’ ridiculously …