Saturday, 18 March 2023
Ho Bee Auditorium, NUS University Cultural Centre, 7pm

$25 (public), $18 (students), $30 for 2 (Friends of CFA), Available here

Led by Music Director Mr Francis Tan, InTempo: Music in Living Technicolour aims to illuminate the use of instrumental colours to portray human emotions such as love, grief, hope and joy. 

Technicolour is a process of colour cinematography using synchronised monochrome films, each of a different colour, to produce a colour print. Similarly, music comes alive when instrumental colours are combined in various configurations. By showcasing the myriad woodwind, brass and percussion colours in harmony, we hope that our music will breathe new life to such raw yet commonplace emotions people grapple with daily. The repertoire for In-Tempo will include pieces such as Concerto for Wind Orchestra by Koh Chang-Su, Morceau Symphonique for Trombone and Band by Alexandre Guillmant, and 3 Miniatures for Tuba and Wind Ensemble by Anthony Plog.

Francis Tan | Music Director 

Francis Huan Chun Tan is Music Director and Resident Conductor of the National University of Singapore Wind Symphony. His tenure with the National University of Singapore Wind Symphony has seen it clinch First Place Gold with Distinction Award in Division 1 of the 2022 Singapore International Band Festival and First Prize Gold Award in Division 2 of the 2017 World Music Contest held in the Netherlands.

His all-encompassing mission as a Conductor-Presenter is to inject classical music into Singapore’s cultural DNA in varying capacities. To this end, he contributes extensively to the music field through leading community orchestras and wind bands in reaching out to communities of different demographics. He leverages his role of Conductor-Presenter to draw bridges between music and the audience through stories, costumes and a personal connection. He has worked with Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra and frequently conducts Westwinds (Band of the Bukit Batok Community Club).

NUS Wind Symphony 

From its humble beginnings as a military band in 1968, the NUS Wind Symphony (NUSWS) has established itself as one of the premier wind orchestras in Singapore advocating for the educational and artistic value of wind bands. Boasting an illustrious history, NUSWS’s mission is to nurture musicians through a holistic programme that encourages the spirit of excellence and passion for wind band music and its community. Under the baton of its Resident Conductor, Mr Francis Tan, the wind symphony creates quality music with a wide repertoire of varying difficulty – from orchestral transcriptions to wind band classics, from old-school marches to modern band music.

As one of the pioneering bands in Singapore, NUSWS serves as a leader in the wind band community through creating innovative programmes, offering access to specially commissioned scores for wind band music and cultivating advocates for wind band music.

Written By Editor

A contributing editor at TBP.