Music of Singapore Youth Festival

The Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) is one of the highlights of every student’s educational journey in a secondary school or junior college.

Be it in sports, uniformed groups or performing arts, they go through an “assessment” for performing arts and “competition” for sports and uniformed groups where the former are recognised by certificates of distinction, commendation and accomplishment while champions are recognised for the latter.

For our young readers, here are the required pieces for the Concert Band category for both “Secondary School” and “Junior College / Centralized Institutes” levels through the decades. As for the others, those were the days!

Share with us your stories and moments through these years.

2021 – There is no set piece for this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


2019 – “Festival on Earth” & “Party in Space” by Lee Jin Jun


2017 – “Sunny Island” by Wong Kah Chun & “Escape Velocity” by Kelly Tang


2015 – “Hermes” by Hayato Hirose & “Singapura Suite Part 1” by Jan van der Roost
“Chorale and Jubiloso” by James Barnes & “Singapura Suite Part 2” by Jan van der Roost

(See 1999 for Singapura Suite recordings)


2013 – “Two Contrasts for Concert Band – Sarabande & Gavotte” by Kelly Tang


2011 – “Memories of Friendship” & “The Singapore Flyer” by Satoshi Yagisawa


2009 – “Two Overtures for Wind Band” by Kelly Tang


2007 – “Sunrise and Safari” by Adam Gorb


2005 – ‘Singapore Rhapsody” by Jacob de Haan


2003 – “Tales of the Sea” by Soichi Konagaya 


2001 – “Singapura Medley” by Robert Foster

(Note: We understand from the publisher that this is out of print)


1999 – “Singapura Suite” by Jan van de Roost


1997 – “Republica” by Ralph Hultgren & “The Heavenly Flute and the Dragon King (Opus. 182)” by Hardy Mertens