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A survey of motets and madrigals from the Renaissance period, during which the rebirth of arts, science and culture took place. The tremendous intellectual and artistic creativity inspired by the ancient remains strong. Juxtaposing works by Leonardo da Vinci, participants will discover creative musical inventions of the 16th Century with an ensemble demonstrating music by Heinrich Isaac, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Thomas Weelkes, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Orlando di Lasso, Thomas Tallis and others. The workshop is poised perfectly amid the backdrop of a rising Renaissance City of th...
Start Sales Date
9 Nov 2021, 9am onwards
Esplanade Box Office:
9 Nov 2021 onwards, 12pm - 6pm
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, no intermission
Conducted in English
Admission Rules of Esplanade:
- All patrons are required to use the TraceTogether app or token via the SafeEntry Gateway. We regret that patrons who do not have the app or the token will be denied entry.
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
- Infants in arms or children below the age of 6 shall not be admitted.
- Children 6 years and above must purchase ticket for admission.
Late Seating Advisory
- You are strongly advised to be seated before the performance start time.
- Latecomers will be admitted during suitable breaks, if any.
- Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.
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- No photography, video and audio recording is allowed for this event.
- Please note that photographs and videos of patrons may be taken at this event for use in our archival and publicity material.
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- Maintain safe distancing between groups.
- Keep your mask on and practice good personal hygiene.
- Use the hand sanitiser provided around the centre and in the performance venues.
- Strictly no food & beverage allowed in the performance venues.
- Esplanade reserves the right not to admit patrons who do not comply with prevailing safe management measures.
- Stay at home if you're unwell.
Toh Ban Sheng is no stranger to the choral world. An active member in the international choral scene, Toh is highly sought-after as an adjudicator, clinician and guest-conductor. Perhaps, the most awarded Singaporean choral conductor with seven Conductor’s Prizes in Europe under his belt, he has been invited to adjudicate, conduct, or teach in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Taiwan and the USA. He has also written for the International Choral Bulletin and has had his music published in the USA and Europe.
Starting out essentially as a self-taught musician, former Physics teacher Toh completed two master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Voice from the USA with the support of a National Arts Council Bursary. Toh has since been recognized as an eminent conductor and music educator with an illustrious track record, having garnered numerous Grands Prix, Category Champions, Jury Prizes and some 80 gold awards at international and national competitions. With Raffles Singers, which has garnered three Grands Prix in Europe, he was invited to present two concerts at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain.
At home in Singapore, Toh’s choirs have twice won the highest national accolade for Best Choir of the Year Award. He has served as a Music Specialist with the Ministry of Education and part-time lecturer at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and the National Institute of Education. For many years, Toh has been mentoring teachers under the NAC- STAR Artist-Mentor Scheme and he also sits on the panel of review in the National Arts Council.
Among many other notable appointments, he conducted the 800-strong National Day Parade Combined Choir at the National Stadium on live telecast. His work as a Chorus Master for Mahler Symphony Nr. 2 and Beethoven Symphony Nr. 9 has won him raved reviews by the Straits Times. In recognition of his artistic achievements and contributions in the music arena, Toh was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2006 by the National Arts Council and the Honorary Member of the Choral Directors Association of Singapore in 2016. He is honoured to be the founding member of the International Choral Conductors Federation in 2021.
He currently directs five award-winning choirs in Singapore schools and junior colleges, in addition to directing the Amoris Singers and Raffles Singers. Since 2014, he has been serving as the Artistic Director of International Choral Festival Orientale Concentus held in Singapore. Two new international festivals have since sought him out as the Artistic Director. His self-titled biography, The Accidental Conductor, was published in 2010 and the Choral Series under his name with Earthsongs Music Publication (USA) was launched in 2012.
Renaissance Singers, the demo ensemble, is a newly founded ensemble of professional singers and conductors for the inaugural International Choral Composers Seminar end of 2021.
As part of the latest safe management measures, Pre-Event Testing (PET) is compulsory for all audiences attending this performance, except for those who have completed the full vaccination against COVID-19#
Patrons who have yet to complete their vaccination must undergo PET at any of the Ministry of
Health (MOH) Approved Test Providers or Quick Test Centres, within 24 hours before the end of the performance, at your own cost. On-site PET is not available at Esplanade for this event.
Children aged 12 and below may be exempted from PET. Limited number of children in this age group will be admitted into the venue upon verification by our ushers at the door. This is to ensure the number of children does not exceed 20% of the total audience size.
#Full vaccination refers to:
• two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna or any COVID-19 vaccines under the World Health Organisation's (WHO) emergency use list
• recovery from a COVID-19 infection
Do bring along your negative PET test result notice, photo identification, and mobile device with updated TraceTogether (TT) app or token for SafeEntry check-in. We regret that patrons who do not have their photo ID, the app or token will be denied entry. Please visit MOH website for details.