Sunday, 3 April 2022
Esplanade Concert Hall, 2pm
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This concert marks the beginning of a new year of music-making for Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (BHSO). It also marks the opening of a new chapter for BHSO as it ventures forth without the guiding force and baton of its late Music Director, Adrian Tan, whom the orchestra hopes to do proud with today’s performance. His musicians miss him, his absence is still tangible, but they hope to do him proud with today’s performance.
Together with conductors Ignatius Wang and Amanda Kye-Ning Tan, BHSO will be presenting Gustav Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, Jean Sibelius’ Andante Festivo, as well as familiar favourites The Moon Represents My Heart and Shanghai Jazz arranged by Kelly Tang. They will also be joined by violinist Yew Shan to perform the popular “Spring” and “Autumn” movements of The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.
About Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (BHSO)
The Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (BHSO) is one of Singapore’s most prominent community orchestras. Founded in 1986 under the auspices of the Braddell Heights Community Club, the BHSO has been home to countless local and expatriate amateur musicians from all walks of life, who are bonded by their love of classical music and performing together.
Ignatius Wang (b. 1990) is regarded as one of the rising conducting talents from Singapore. He is the Director of Music and Chief Instructor of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Band, Music Director of the Lion City Brass Band and SEIRA, and Associate Conductor of the Temasek Polytechnic Band.
As a guest conductor, Ignatius has conducted some of the most prominent groups in Singapore and Europe, including the Sinfonisches Verbandsblasorchester Markgräflerland, Benefiz – Musik und Kukltur für andere Orchestra, and the EVAM Estagio de Verão.
Ignatius has also been featured regularly at the WBAS Youth Band Festival and the Asia Arts Festival as a clinician and adjudicator. He has led several conducting workshops, including the International Brass Band Summer School, Music Leaders Camp and the Student Conductors’ Workshop for the Arts Education Branch, Ministry of Education. Ignatius also serves as a board member for the Wind Bands Association of Singapore.
Amanda Kye-Ning Tan
Amanda Kye-Ning Tan (b. 1998) is a rising Singaporean conductor and violinist. In 2021, Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Royal College of Music, London, as part of the RCM-NAFA degree programme. She is currently pursuing a Specialist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting, studying with the Artistic Director of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Cultural Medallion recipient Lim Yau.
In 2019, Amanda made her local conducting debut with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra in their conducting workshop led by Music Director and current mentor Tsung Yeh. In 2020, she was appointed Conducting Fellow of the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra, after serving the orchestra for two years as Associate Principal 1st Violin. With the passing of Music Director and mentor Adrian Tan in July 2021, she assists the orchestra in both conducting and managerial duties.
Beyond Singapore’s waters, Amanda has participated in masterclasses by Neil Varon, Apo Hsu, Kirk Trevor, and Dianne Wittry. Most recently, she was selected for the Sorrell Women Conductors Course organised and held at the Royal Academy of Music, London from January to March 2022.
Yew Shan is a Singaporean violinist. He began his performing career with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO), becoming a member in 1984 and making his maiden concerto appearance with the SYNO in 1988. Shan joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 1996, and was Fourth Chair, First Violin Section (1998-2000). He holds degrees in violin performance from Yale University and the University of Sydney. Shan was appointed Concertmaster of Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra in 2016, and currently also holds the position of Interim Music Director.
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