For the first time, Lion City Brass Band will be having a joint concert with The Eastern Australian Brass this Sunday at the Salvation Army Headquarters Auditorium in Bishan.
“The Eastern Australia Brass first wrote to us in 2017 to explore the possibilities of having a joint concert together, en route to Europe for their concert tour,” said ME4 Ignatius Wang, Lion City’s conductor.
Led by Kevin Knapp, the Eastern Australia Brass comprises of highly experienced brass musicians – including the reigning New South Wales cornet and flugelhorn champion, Brian McGuinness.
“This is the first time we are collaborating with a foreign brass band, and hopefully, the first of many to come. It is a fantastic opportunity for our musicians to connect and make music together with our friends from Australia.”
Sunday’s concert will feature several exciting pieces such as ‘Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture’, ‘Stabat Mater Suite’ and Lion City’s latest commissioned work, ‘Of Orchids and Crimson Sunbirds’, by Singaporean composer, Dax Wilson Liang. Principal Euphonium Kang Chun Meng will be performing the classic solo, ‘Grandfather’s Clock’.
The Eastern Australia Brass has also prepared an entertaining programme, including ‘The Gael’ and a cornet solo titled ‘Anna Karenina’. To mark 100 years after the end of World War I, they will also present ‘American Salute’ and ‘For the Fallen’ to pay tribute to the soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
“We will be coming together at the end of the concert to perform Peter Graham’s arrangement of ‘How Great Thou Art’, and the famous tune from Australia, ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
Join us as the Lion City Brass Band performs for the very first time, the brass band transcription of Majulah Singapura, based on the 2001 arrangement by Phoon Yew Tien.”
An Evening with Friends
Lion City Brass Band & Eastern Australia Brass
16 September, Sunday
Salvation Army Headquarters Auditorium (Bishan), 5pm
Register via https://easternaustraliabrass.peatix.com/