Quintet-ssential British

Organised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Take 5
  • Date:
    10 Sep 2017
  • Time:
  • Duration:
    1h 20min (including 15min intermission)
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Recital Studio
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  • Admission:
    Limited concession for students, NSFs and seniors: $18
  • Advisory:
    6 years and above


Travel back to the beginning of the 20th century as Take 5 presents Singapore premieres of piano quintets by two important British composers, written before the First World War.

Grand and expansive in scale, the piano quintets of both Frank Bridge from 1912 and Arnold Bax from 1915 represent British nationalism and pride at the turn of the century, before the world was plunged into the chasm of a global war.

Take 5 is a chamber music series initiated in 2007 by five prominent Singapore musicians to showcase masterpieces from the quintet chamber repertoire. Since its debut, the ensemble has featured and premiered piano quintets by Widor, Messiaen, Saint-Saens, Sibelius, Sinding, Bloch, Amy Beach, Bartok, Respighi, Francaix, Chausson, Brahms, Granados, Turina, Ginastera, Korngold, Fauré, Schumann, Dohnanyi, Dvořak, Kelly Tang, Franck, Elgar, Shostakovich and Joyce Koh to critical acclaim. They continue to explore works by well-known composers that are seldom performed in chamber concerts in Singapore.

The Take 5 Piano Quintet are:
Lim Yan, piano
Foo Say Ming, violin
Lim Shue Churn, violin
Chan Yoong Han, viola
Chan Wei Shing, cello

Quintet-ssential British