10 Aug 2017, 9am
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10 Aug 2017, 10am
West Winds was formed in 1993 with the support of the People’s Association and Bukit Batok Community Club. The band was started with the vision to create a place where musicians in Singapore can gather for the love of band music and it has dedicated itself to bringing music to the community.
West Winds is proud to present ‘West Winds In Concert 2017 - A Concert with Eiji Suzuki and ME6 Philip Tng’ concert jointly conducted by our Band Director, ME6 Philip Tng, and our Guest Conductor Eiji Suzki from Japan.
Convivium (Sinagpore Premier) - Jan Bosveld
Menu for Wind Band A Chain of World Premier (Singapore Premier) - Carlos Pellicer
March Silver Spirits - Eiji Suzuki
Selections from Cavelleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni transcripted by Eiji Suzuki
Merry Widow Selections - Franz Lehár transcripted by Eiji Suzuki
Land of a Great Promise ‘Chingis Khan’ - Eiji Suzuki
Soaring Freedom Bell - Eiji Suzuki
Cantus Sonare - Eiji Suzuki
All Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, JCs, CIs and ITEs may use the Tote board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50 % of this programme.
For more information about the band, visit our website at www.westwinds.org.sg or Like! Us at www.facebook.com/westwinds.sg
Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
(with 20 minutes interval)
Rating / Age Limit
- No admission for infants in arms and children below 6 years old.
- Children 6 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry.
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No Flash Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event
Through All SISTIC Channels
20% Discount for Senior Citizen (age above 55 yrs) / Local & Overseas Student / NSF/Child (age 6 - 12 yers old)
[Verification: Present valid ID / Student Pass / SAF 11B (Military IC)]
[Valid from 10 Aug 2017 onwards]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]
20% Discount for West Winds Artist Concession
[Verification:Quote or key valid password upon purchase ticket]
[Valid from 10 Aug 2017 onwards]
About West Winds
West Winds was formed in 1993 with the support of the People’s Association and Bukit Batok Community Club. The band was started with the vision to create a place where musicians in Singapore can gather for the love of band music. As a non-profit group, we rely on the support of our patrons and supporters to sustain the band.
With its identity as a community band, West Winds is dedicated to bring music to the community by promoting an awareness and appreciation of band music. Our annual concerts have become a highlight in the local band scene calendar. West Winds also regularly feature in Esplanade's "Beautiful Sunday" series, a free concert series by homegrown music groups aimed at offering members of the public the opportunity to enjoy free musical performances. Furthermore, the band also actively promotes band music at the community and school level. The “West Winds Community Series” is the band’s school outreach programme where her musicians would visit a school and share their love and knowledge of music with the younger musicians. The culmination of the outreach programme is a joint performance by West Winds and the school band which is open to the residents of Bukit Batok. “West Winds Community Series” offers the school musicians an opportunity to perform and learn from our musicians and, together with our performances, underlines the band's desire to contribute to the local band music scene.
Band Director - ME5 Philip Tng
For this man who speaks little and smiles quietly, the sudden twinkle in his eye may take you by surprise then yourealize this is unusual. He banters as easily with his musician during rehearsals as he takes them to task. “We’re friends – I can be very direct when I rehearse them. Since they know me well, they know my expectation.” He said. As Band Director for West Winds and Senior Director of Music for the Singapore Armed Forces Bands, it is with the same personable but firm posture he has forged his music career.
He studied the piano with Mr Lee Tuck Fah at the age of ten, and making a percussive instruments sound lyrical wasa joy that fascinated him. “And knowing my mother was working so hard to put me through piano lesson was the motivating factor that led me to what I am doing today,” he explained. Then, he joined he school band, where “playing with a group of people with diverse ideas and the various instruments’ diverse sounds and timbre” opened his mind. Music left an indelible imprint in his life at an early age. In 1987, he was awarded a music scholarship for his contribution to the Singapore Polytechnic Concert Band.
In 1993, he graduated from the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, in London, with several accolades, including the Graham Wallace Award for best overseas student bandmaster, the Sommerville Prize, and the first prize in the Fanfare Award of the Fred Mortimer Memorials Competition.
He also adjudicates the Central Judging of Concert Bands and Display Bands for Singapore Youth Festival School Band Competition.
Guest Conductor – Eiji Suzuki
Born in Tokyo in 1965, Suzuki attended Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, studying composition, piano, conducting and Gagaku (Japanese traditional music). After his graduation, he debuted with a commission from Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and was well-received. His orchestral works are also performed by premier professional orchestras such as Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. His works are premiered at the Midwest Clinic, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Taiwan International Clinic, and performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, which are published by Bravo Music and De Haske.
His compositions for wind orchestra, symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, and pops are recorded and released widely from BMG, EMI, Universal Music, and Brain/Bravo Music. Suzuki is an adjunct professor at Shobi College of music and is also active as a conductor, producer, clinician and columnist. Special recognitions have included the 11th Japan Academic Society of Winds, Percussion and Brass Academy Award in 2001 and Ministry of Foreign Affairs diplomatic mission award for his comtribution and compositions. He was commissioned for National Sports Festival, National Cultural Festiva and National Health and Welfare Festival. Suzuki’s leading works include Cantus Sonare, Ho-O - Jin-ai cho-fu, The Land of Great Promise: Chingis Khan, Nobunaga, Merry Widow Selections and Der Vogelhandler and are recorded in various CDs.