West Winds in Concert 2008 “All Things Japanese”

7 February 2008
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West Winds, Band of the Bukit Batok Community Club

presents
All Things Japanese
29 March 2008, Saturday, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
In Collaboration with Esplanade – Theatre on the Bay

Conductor, MAJ Philip Tng and Guest Conductor, Mr ITO Yasuhide

Tickets Price: $20/$15
(Concession for Senior Citizens/Students/NSF only: $12)
Tickets Avaliable on Esplanade Box Office and all SISTIC’s authorised agents from 18 Feb 08.

Be mesmerised as West Winds brings you the best of Japan in this evening of enchanting music – from Japanese wind band works, to Japanese composers’ interpretations of Asian music, as well as tributes to the Japanese landscapes from Western composers.

Established since 1993 with the support of the People’s Association and Bukit Batok Community Club, West Winds is made up of a group of passionate musicians from different walks of life, from civilian to military, professional to student. The band has won a Gold medal when it participated in the Singapore International Youth Music Festival in 1996, and has since toured Australia, USA and Japan.

Repertoire highlights:

March-Bou-Shu
YAGISAWA Satoshi

Jalan-Jalan ~Vision of the Isle of the Gods ~
TAKAHASHI Shin’ya

Japanese Tune
KONAGAYA Soichi

Impressions of Japan
James Barnes

Ryukuan Fantasy for Piano and Band
ITO Yasuhide

Sinfonia Singaporiana for Band
ITO Yasuhide

Gloriosa – Symphonic Poem for Band
ITO Yasuhide
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West Winds featured in NAC Annual Report FY2006/07

4 February 2008

West Winds performance at the WASBE 2005 international Conference is featured in NAC’s Annual report. See Page 4 of the link.

http://www.nac.gov.sg/static/doc/abo/annualreport07/A_Flying_Start.pdf


Conductor: Maj Tng Liat Peng, LTCL

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Maj Tng Liat Peng started his music education at the age of ten under the tutelage of Mr. Lee Tuck Fah. While pursuing his education, he was named the Best Boy Cadet of the year 1985 and was awarded a music scholarship in 1987 for his contribution in the Singapore Polytechnic Concert Band.

In 1990, Maj Tng won another scholarship, this time to study at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall in London. In 1993, he graduated with several accolades which include the first prize in the ‘Fanfare Award’, the ‘Fred Mortimer Memorial Competition’; second prize in the ‘Besson Cup and Medal’, the ‘Sommerville Prize’ and was awarded the ‘Graham Wallace Award’ for being the best Overseas Student Bandmaster of the year.

An adjudicator for the SYF Indoor and Outdoor Competitions, Maj Tng is presently the Senior Director of Music, Singapore Armed Forces Bands.


Membership?

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Are you an amateur or semi-professional musician who enjoys playing challenging band literature?

Since its inception in 1993, WW has established itself as a haven for reasonably skilled amateur musicians in Singapore who wants to play original band repertoire and orchestral transcriptions, rather than the light pops selections. Then WW is the place to be!

In its short history, WW has earned her local reputation for her willingness to attempt all types of music.

Membership into the Band is subjected to an audition / interview. The purpose of this audition is due to the limited number of instruments available in West Winds. Successful candidates will get to use top model instruments. Do feel free to call or write in and enquire.

Email your application to westwinds@cimfoniq.org . Include your name, your instrument and contact number.


What West Winds stands for?

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  • To provide experienced wind and percussion players with a venue in which they can practice their art.
  • To provide social camaraderie for players who have a common love for the type of music that is best suited for performance by winds and percussion.
  • To provide opportunities for individual musical expression and growth.

The Band gets to perform frequently outdoors. Past venues of performance include Sentosa, World Trade Centre Amphitheatre, and Marina Square Shopping Centre. The Band also took part in the 1995 Singapore Arts Festival Fringe. The Band recently performed at Riverside Point Shopping Centre as part of its promotional activities and at the Singapore Press Holdings / Lianhe Zaobao carnival.

The Band also recently performed for the Opening Ceremony of the Fort Canning Country Club, in which prominent guests attended.

West Winds also supports grassroots activities at the Bukit Batok Constituency. The Band performed at the World War II Memorial Revealing Ceremony held at the Bukit Batok Hill in 1995, and it has always been the Band-in-Attendance at the community’s annual events such as the Bukit Batok Town Council Day, Resident’s Day, National Day Dinner as well as the CC’s Christmas Cheer concert.

The Band has also held two annual programme concerts – “West Winds in Concert ’95” and “West Winds in Concert ’96” – of which both were sold out and the band received an overwhelming response from the audience.

Probably the Band’s most significant achievement to date will be the attaining of the GOLD medal award at the 1st International Youth Music Festival, organised by World Projects Corporation and was held in Singapore in August 1996. The Band competed against several other foreign entries from Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong and received many favourable comments from the panel of world renowned judges.


Why West Winds?

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During the formation of the band, it was then the first and only community band located on the western side of Singapore. That is how the band got its name, West Winds.


Who is West Winds?

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West Winds was formed with the support of the People’s Association & the Bukit Batok Community Club in 1993 for amateur musicians, who would like to continue pursuing their interest in band music after graduating from their educational institutions. Its members come from all walks of life and they include full-time national servicemen, young executives, engineers, managers as well as students. They come from all over Singapore, some as far as Hougang, Tampines and Pasir Ris. Members’ age ranges from about 16 – 31, all bonded together by the common love for music. Currently, the Band has a strength of about 60 members.

The Band practices on every Saturday evening and will increase practice on Sunday afternoon whenever there is any major project coming. Members often have to make sacrifices on weekends for practices.

It is one of West Winds’ objective to promote culture awareness by bringing wind music to wherever the Band performs. Over the years, it has become a place where music lovers gather and many good acquaintances were made.