CelebrationsOrganised by: NUS Centre For the Arts
Performed by: Alumni bands of National Junior College, National Institute of Education and National University of Singapore
50 years ago, Associate Professor Ho Hwee Long, a pioneer of the Singapore wind music scene, planted a seed. To commemorate the 80th birthday of this special mentor, a concert set to raise funds for commissioned works to honour this great man at the University Cultural Centre.
The alumni members from the three bands have come together to present familiar favourites including The Seventh Night of July, An American in Paris, The Phantom of the Opera and an arrangement of A Dance of Yao by Prof Ho himself.
About the Music Score Commission Fund
Similar to the importance of availability of textbooks, reference materials and other learning resources, making more compositions available is crucial to a wholesome music education. The music score commission fund aims to commission new wind band scores which can be performed by NUS Wind Symphony and by all local schools free-of-charge, expanding the wind band repertoire and benefiting more young Singaporeans in their music learning journey.
As the administrator of the fund, NUS Centre For the Arts will:
• Connect with local and international composers;
• Encourage creativity in new composition writing;
• Provide programming platforms to debut the new works; and
• Provide commissioned scores to local schools, royalty-free.
The fund will help to:
• Expand the existing music repertoire in Singapore,
• Expose students to greater variety of music, and
• Offer wider selection of performances to the public.
*Singapore tax residents are eligible for a tax deduction that is 2.5 times the gift value for gifts made in 2019.
About Professor Ho Hwee Long
A/Prof Ho is among the first batch of band instructors trained to start the Singapore School Band Project in 1967. 50 years later, he is still guiding student bands and inspiring young minds.
A/Prof Ho was extensively involved in the evolution of Singapore's band movement - strongly advocated by Mr Lee Kuan Yew - since 1967, nurturing generations of Singaporeans, including teaching Prime Minister Lee and Madam Ho Ching in their school days.
A/Prof Ho has been the director for National Junior College since 1969, the National Institute of Education from 1973 to 20, and the Music Director and Resident Conductor of NUS Wind Symphony from 2008 to 2018.