2 Feb 2020

Shadowplay this February, and Fireflies in March - 2020 premieres

The first quarter of 2020 is seeing Malaysian composers busy at work, with several new pieces lined up, from two new premieres for chamber orchestra and a new piano work for print.

Coming up is Adeline Wong's premiere of a string orchestra version of her 2010 piece 'Empunya Yang Beroleh Sita Dewi' (He Who Possesses Goddess Sita) by the Eastman Camerata in Singapore on 28 February.

The piece was originally commissioned by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for a chamber orchestra and wayang kulit collaboration, that relates an episode from the Ramayana. This month the work will take on new life in the form of a stand alone work for strings, performed by the alumni of the famous Eastman School of Music in the US.

Esplanade Recital Studio
Eastman Camerata
Conductor: Joshua Tan
28 Feb 2020
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tickets: SGD25 -
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In March, Ng Chong Lim will premiere his new work for chamber orchestra 'Fireflies' with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Fireflies is a 10-minute work inspired by the composer's time in Nepal when he was engaged in aid work for the poor. Written for strings, double oboes, bassoons, trumpets and three percussionists, the piece opens the evening concert 'Viva Beethoven', where Ng, an extraordinary concert pianist, will be on the keyboard performing Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto with the orchestra. The concert ends with the magnificent Eroica Symphony.

Dewan Filharmonik
Sat 28 Mar 2020 8:30pm
Sun 29 Mar 2020 3pm
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Gerard Salonga, conductor
Ng Chong Lim, piano
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Finally, this quarter also sees a new piano work from Jessica Cho for a new publication. Capricious is a short and delightgul piece in the composer's usual capricious style first seen in her Five Little Pieces for Piano, moving from lento to vivace in an action-packed miniature.

Listen to Five Little Pieces for Piano and piano works by Wong and Ng using the audio player at anthology.freehandfestival.com.

28 Jan 2020

Mei Yi Foo takes Free Hand compositions 'Beyond Borders' with a Singapore joint programme in February 2020

Following the success of Malaysian Composers Collective's Free Hand Festival in Kuala Lumpur last August, UK-based Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo brings the programme across the Causeway to present a joint programme with Singaporean composers at 'Beyond Borders', happening at Yong Siew Toh Conservetory at National University of Singapore.

Through this first ever joint programme, composers from both sides of the divide explore commonalities and diversities in creative ideas and styles, going past physical, social and historical boundaries at this forum and concert.

Beyond Borderswill bring the two cultures together in a unique contemporary piano recital featuring works by YST faculty Chen Zhangyi, Chow Jun Yan, Adeline Wong together with composers from Singapore and Malaysia, in particular winners of Free Hand 2019 Lee Chie Tsang and Samuel Cho.

The event also includes a masterclass and a pre-concert talk where Foo and the composers will illuminate on their work and artistic approach, and offer insight into how the creative process can transcend all barriers tangible and intangible. This meeting of minds hopes to bring greater understanding into how art transcends the limitations life brings.


Clima (2018)

Vatni (2019)

In the Absence of Silence (2019)

black or white or red (with a tinge of white and blue)? (2019)

Reef Weave (2019)

la pierre magenta (2000)
Piano Peals (2002)

Sympathetic [re]sonance (2015)

Herringbone (2018)

See you there, at:

February 18, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Conservatory Orchestra Hall
Yong Siew Toh Conservetory, National University of Singapore
Kent Ridge


19 Jan 2020

New Zealand hosts ACL and ISCM festivals this April

The Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ)  hosts the ACL festival in Christchurch in April 2020, starting 6pm on Monday 27th April, till the evening of Saturday 2nd May. Many festival events will combine with the ISCM World New Music Days until 30th April, and the final two days will be ACL only.

The ACL General Assembly meetings will take place on the mornings of 28th April and 1st May in central Christchurch, and the Country Reports will be presented on the mornings of 29th and 30th April.

Simultaneously, the ISCM World New Music Days will commence in Auckland on Tuesday 21st April and then move to Christchurch on 27th April.  Information is available at www.iscm2020.nz.

Malaysians featured at the ACL Festival this year are composers Adeline Wong, Tazul Tajuddin and young composer Ilysia Tan, the latter whom will represent Malaysia at the Young Composers Competition.

Registration is now open until 1 March.


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