So here's good friend John to relate about an evening when he and Silver Strings members were invited to the concert where local 60's melodies were played and sung by our boys and girls from 2015. We made music history...
Sunday, 5 pm.
Singapore *Wind Symphony
'Made in Singapore'.
"When the concert Made In Singapore was held, my wife and I were intending to take a trip to Melaka. However after a bit of deliberation, I decided against it. The reason is obvious. The traffic situation would be nothing short of chaotic on a Hari Raya long holiday weekend. So we decided to opt out of Melaka. I was proudly assuring my wife what to do for the holidays, that we could go to watch a band performance.
When the Orchestra eventually played it, I turned to look at Audie. I could see him smiling from ear to ear. Audie had just celebrated his birthday and I told him at the reception after the show that he couldn't have received a better present! The piece played by S.W.S. is very clean and has a very pristine feel to it, the way a love song should be felt by a young girl in love, having just found "the one"!
After enjoying You're The Boy, I was naturally looking forward to Shanty (Henry Chua/Quests). When the piece was played and completed I really believe it's awesome, a word that is a little misused these days. I thought it was very cleverly crafted. The only recognizable part was the initial verse. The rest somehow reminded me of some John Williams movie themes. Salute Mr Shun Ng and Mr Jinjun Lee. I am of the view that all the materials that were used for the Greatest Hits of Tea Dance segment should be recorded and distributed. That is of course not to say that the other materials should not be recorded as well.
I am impressed beyond words that a man can compose 250 songs. It is difficult even to compose two songs but 250!! Salute to Mr Yusnor Ef (Cultural Medallionist). And what a fitting tribute to the man to have Amni sing his most prominent compositions. Amni's crystal clear voice and wide vocal range can do justice to any good song and she deserves to be on the world stage.
The timing of the entire team and the S.W.S. is musical precision engineering. All the other artists and musicians are truly a credit to the whole show as well. What an outstanding cast! Well done! Gentle Bones, Sezairi and Shabir, a truly magnificent show guys!
Congratulations to all who were involved in this event led by Mr Adrian Tan, musical director of the symphony and manager Mindy Lin. A lot of work and planning went into the production. However its success can easily be measured and appraised by the number of happy and contented faces I saw as the audience was reluctantly leaving the concert hall.
Did you attend the concert? Tell us your views.
Apologies to the other talented composers and artistes if their works and names have not been specifically mentioned or included in this write-up.
My thanks to John Cher (left) who wrote this article faster than greased lightning.
[Symphony Friends: Rickie Chng, Andy Young (Silver Strings), Yusnor Ef (Composer), Ho Chee Mun (SWS Chairman), Audie Ng, John Cher (Silver Strings), Henry Chua (Quests).]
Images: Souvenir Programme, You Tube, Google, A Personal Collection.