3 exciting months, 3 light bites!
Catch The Philharmonic Winds in its special presentation of bite-sized wind music offerings, as they present to you the "Philwinds Chamber Series 2017"!
In the upcoming three months, join Phil Brass, Philharmonic Chamber Winds and The Philharmonic Winds as they present to you chamber music across different genres, at the Victoria Concert Hall!
Victoria Concert Hall
Saturday, 19 August, 7.30pm
Get ready for an enjoyable evening of quintessential brass music by Phil Brass, comprising brass and percussion musicians from The Philharmonic Winds. PhilBrass will be presenting "Miniatures" – a selection of music that seeks to portray the large, through the small.
Come explore the grandiose architectures and famous neighbourhoods of London in London Miniatures; hear the sounds of the enchanted Rose Garden; enjoy jazz music such as Black Orpheus and Gershwin In Brass, and catch tuba player Ben Pei in the limelight as part of the brass quintet classic, Tuba Tiger Rag.
Bring your little ones as well, as PhilBrass reprises their own version of The Carnival of the Animals, featuring tunes from the famous suite by Saint-Saëns that has become a children's classic. This work has been performed by Phil Brass to more than 10,000 students in 40 schools over the past three years.
A Soiree with the Tsar: Russian Rarities
Philharmonic Chamber Winds
Joost Flach, conductor
Victoria Concert Hall
Saturday, 9 September, 7.30pm
Come and catch the Philharmonic Chamber Winds as they bring to you rarely-performed works by Russian composers!
Rimsky-Korsakov's bubbly Quintet for Piano and Winds was written for a music competition. Cementing his education in wind instruments, he wrote three concerti for winds, of which the last was the Clarinet Concerto. The featured soloist, Desmond Chow, will be performing the Singapore premiere of this work.
A student of Rimsky-Korsakov's, Anatoly Liadov actively travelled around Russian in search of folk songs. The Philharmonic Chamber Winds, conducted by distinguished educator and oboist, Joost Flach, will present Liadov's colourful 8 Russian Folk Songs, op 58.
Other Russian rarities, such as Tchaikovky's student work Adagio for Wind Octet and Taneyev's Andante for Double Wind Quintet, complete the programme.
Toki Otozuru: A Concert of Japanese Chamber Music
The Philharmonic Winds
Robert Casteels, conductor
Victoria Concert Hall
Sunday, 1 October, 7.30pm
The musicians of The Philharmonic Winds, led by conductor Robert Casteels, will bring the audience on a musical sojourn with a selection of chamber music by top Japanese composers, with the spotlight on Toru Takemitsu's works.
Don't miss some of Takemitsu's most intriguing works, such as Day Signals, Signals from Heaven I and Night Signals, and Signals from Heaven II. As special treats for the audience, Itinerant will feature Andy Koh on solo flute, and conductor Dr Robert Casteels will perform on solo piano for Piano Distance.
Other pieces featured include pieces for mixed ensembles, including Onijime: A Beautiful Ghost by Shuhei Tamura and La Structure pour L'octuor by Masamicz Amano. In particular, Masanori Taruya's A Picture Book Without A Picture will feature the clarinet octet, and there will be two solo alto saxophone pieces featuring two different soloists: Night Bird by Karen Tanaka (performed by Ang Yixiang) and Improvisation II by Ryo Noda (performed by Samuel Phua).
Rounding up the concert, Yasuhide Ito's Four Seasons of Japanese Children's Songs will surely bring a smile to your face and his One Thousand Broken Musical Instruments for mixed ensemble and narrator will steal your heart.
The Philharmonic Winds (Singapore)
Since its formation in 2000, The Philharmonic Winds has been presenting meaningful concerts of high standards. Each concert revolves around a theme, such as Sounds of Japan, All That Jazz, Absoluut Dutch, An American Portrait and Death and Life, amongst others. The wind orchestra has also presented works by Grainger and Varèse, wind serenades by Mozart, Dvořák and Strauss, as well as symphonies by Hindemith and Barnes. In addition, The Philharmonic Winds has participated in opera productions of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Weill's Street Scenes.
In July 2005, the Philharmonic Winds was awarded Gold with Distinction at the 15th World Music Contest held once every four years in Kerkrade, the Netherlands.
The Philharmonic Winds strongly supports Singaporean composers by performing and premiering their works, devoting entire concerts to their compositions. Some prominent composers featured are Leong Yoon Pin, Kelly Tang and Phoon Yew Tien, to name but a few. The orchestra also seek to enrich wind repertoire with arrangements by our very own members.
The dedicated members of the wind orchestra, whose name 'Philharmonic' means 'devoted to music', came together because of their love for music. From students to working professionals, her members are experienced performers, many of whom are currently furthering their music education at tertiary level.
With the objective of reaching out to younger audiences and to promote youth music development, the Philharmonic Youth Winds was initiated in early 2002 to provide young passionate musicians an opportunity to further their ensemble experience.
It is the aspiration of The Philharmonic Winds to become the finest wind orchestra in Singapore, aiming for professionalism in all aspects of the fine arts of music-making.