Started as an alumni extension of the NTU Symphonic Band (NTUSB), Nanyang Symphonic Winds (NSW) is a rebranded entity that seeks to pursue a more challenging musical direction and performance style that will bring excitement to both their members and audience.
“We have maintained our presence yearly through the continued support of NTUSB by presenting segments in their annual concert series, Sojourn. With the hope to become an abode for all generations of NTUSB alumni to elevate their experience of music-making and sustain the friendships forged with fellow friends and alumni beyond our university days, we re-launched in 2017.” said See Kah Siong, its president.
Kickstarting their activities with an inaugural concert this Saturday, NSW under the batons of conductors Mr Luk Hoi Yui and Mr Takehiro Oura, will present memorable pieces that were performed in past competitions and some of the their favourite music. Themed as “Reminiscence”, this concert aims to bring the alumni back in time for a nostalgic throwback to their days in NTUSB.
“Our alumni band is created by alumni, for alumni. We have our very dedicated and passionate alumni members to thank for voluntarily spending their valuable weekends in preparation for this concert.
I believe that what all of us share is our love of music making, and this alumni band is a nod back to our days in NTUSB where we enjoyed playing together and where we forged bonds – something that has helped propel this venture into fruition. Behind the scenes, we also have our committee and other members helping to organise this concert, all out of their own free time. Since many of us are working individuals, this dedication from them is commendable,” Kah Siong raised.
Having seen the band from its beginning and its growth through the years, it is meaningful for both conductors to start NSW’s new journey in a concert that looks back at its past and pay a musical tribute to the band that has brought the members closer – to still make music together, years after graduation.
“I am always happy to see my students continue to play music after they graduate. Now, that we have set up an alumni band and holding our own concert – my students still look the same, but my own hair has already turned white. For this concert, I have chosen music from my first concert with them, and also from Mr Luk’s time. I hope that we can present a good concert with high energy, and something that the audiences will enjoy,” Mr Oura said.
With significant contribution to the legacy of NTUSB, Mr Luk also recalled the spirit of the NTUSB members even though it has been 15 years since he left the band.
“Many of us have not met for years, but it is almost like an old friends meeting when we see each other again. I am glad to be able to work with the band members this time in a rare opportunity.
I have chosen 2 pieces to fit the theme of this concert, and one of them is Fantasy Variations. I remember that we performed this piece during WMC 2001 in Holland and clinched the Gold Medal. Even though most of the band members are not professional players, they still hold high standards in their music playing, which I think is very admirable.”
Reprise | 溫故知新
23 June, Saturday
Victoria Concert Hall, 5pm
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