趁着“风华再现”网上音乐会https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0FGK5mzjdc的热度，近日计划筹备一场明年的演出，演出内容包含了1950 - 2000一些有代表性的新加坡本土歌曲（合唱与管弦乐）。一开始仿佛形势不错，计划以及联络得七七八八之后，却出了一些变故，也同时让我意识到一些问题和危机。
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All venue hire requests will be considered by a Curation Panel and the success of an application is dependent on several factors. The most critical evaluation criteria include the profile of the hirer, nature and the date of the event. As such,bookings are not accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
After checking in with the Venue Partnership Team on the availability of dates, potential hirers must first submit a Venue Request Form with all necessary information. Please send us the following information to support your application:
· a write-up/description on the intended performance/event
· a draft schedule on the estimated set up/rehearsal time required as well as the duration of the performance/event
· videos of similar performances/events in the past – youtube links are preferred.
Upon approval by the panel, a venue offer will be sent via e-mail. Following the hirer’s acceptance of the initial offer, a formal Letter of Offer/Acceptance, together with an Invoice for the deposit will follow. These documents will have to be returned duly signed with the cheque payment for deposit within 2 weeks for the offer to be valid. Dates held will automatically be released after the 2-week period.
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Kindly note that the following are not inclusive in the Venue Rental:
- Technical crew
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其实有关演出的作曲/编曲已经都准备得七七八八了，就差几首本地早年的经典歌曲尚未落笔。无论如何都会完成这些编曲，也不为什么，写作只为了兴趣，就和我以往的许多从未演出过的作品一样 - 寄望将来。
A Concert of Singapore Songs
The past and recent local songs ( Initial Plan)
This concert consists of 18 choral songs that represent the local culture and spirit of Singapore in different eras. First half of the concert contains 9 choral works created in the 2000s relating to local memories. The Second half also contains 9 songs, presented in 4 languages, and all are from local productions during the 1950s to 1990s. These songs are well-received by our three ethnic groups: Chinese, Malay and Indian. In appreciating the choral songs, I believe both the singers and the audiences, regardless of race, will be able to recognize the fighting spirit of our pioneer generation.
First half concert programme：
All songs composed by Phoon Yew Tien with lyrics by Lin Zi.
for a capella or choir with piano accompaniment
1 那一片青草地 （ A Patch Of Green)
In the 1970s, there were more than 10 three-storey HDB flats with white walls, red tiles and blue glass windows, situated in the vicinity along Alexandra Road. There was a pretty large lawn in front of the flats, where and cattle and sheep were often seen. The old scenery has since disappeared, giving way to city development. Nevertheless, the past memories remained.
2 纪念册 ( Autographs）
In the 1960s and 1970s, the graduating pupils of Chinese primary schools in Singapore and Malaysia used to each prepare an autograph book, so that they could exchange blessings among themselves and kept for remembrance.
3 元旦（New Year‘s Day)
New Year's Day can be treated as a New Year's song, adopting the style of Chinese songs in the 1950s. The lyrics express the freshness and joy of spring.
This is an a cappella song. The drifting dandelions symbolize the love for freedom. Everywhere could be home, despite of adverse environment.
Formed by the Jurong River near the Chinese Garden in Jurong, "Spring Lake" used to be a popular place for boating by youngsters in the early 1970s, It has since disappeared, leaving aside good memories.
6 杜鹃花 （Azaleas)
Inspired by Mr. Huang Youdi's song "Azaleas" which I used to listen from young, I have arranged different forms of arrangement for the "Azaleas" . This song of the same name is now composed to recall childhood, in addition to pay tribute to the late Mr. Huang Youdi. Azaleas symbolize vibrancy and enlighten a positive and progressive life approach.
This is a lively, nursery rhyme-style duet. The Chinese words for fireflies is substituted by “Huo Jin Gu” in the lyrics, which is the alias. The song expresses the characteristics of fireflies, emitting a faint light in the jungle silently, and serve as a guidance to the passers-by in the tropical ambience.
8 风月有情（The Breeze and the Moon）
The tune resembles a Chinese folk song "Xin Tian You". With slight adaptation and new lyrics filled, It reflects the sense of age presenting an unique charm. The love for nature turns out to be humanistic.
9 悼念消失的华校（Chinese Schools-A Lasting Legacy)
Local Chinese schools had been gradually converted to English schools since 1980s, leaving behind a historical landscape, disappeared from the local education platform. The Singapore Chinese School Alumni Association held an 8-day exhibition about the Chinese Schools in the past at Hua Chong Institution from July 13 to 20, 2014.
Second half concert programme：
1 Semoga Bahagia 1960
A Malay song by Zubir Said, rearrangement/orchestration by Phoon Yew Tien
Besides Singapore's National Anthem, Zubir’s other classic Semoga Bahagia (“May You Achieve Happiness”) encourages youth to uphold good character and values, in the pursuit of happiness and a respectable life. Since 1970, the song has been the official Children’s Day song in Singapore.
2 Munnaeru Vaalibaa 1960
A Tamil song by S. Jesudassan, rearrangement/orchestration by Phoon Yew Tien
In 1966, then a teacher at Raffles Institution (RI), S. Jesudassan (b.1930) was asked by the principal to write a song for students to be sung on RI’s Founder’s Day. Similar to Zubir Said’s Semoga Bahagia, the intent was to inspire youth to achieve success, in the context of a then newly independent Singapore. The Ministry of Education’s Music Director, David Lim, who was also Head of Music at RI, decided the following year to adopt Munnaeru Vaalibaa as one of the official community songs taught in every school, a tradition that continues today.
3 Singapura 1960
Music by Van Moring, Lyrics in Malay by David Lim Kim San, Lyrics in English by Dick Lee, rearrangement/orchestration by Phoon Yew Tien
Van Moring 作曲，马来语歌词：David Lim Kim San, 英语歌词：Dick Lee
This is a very popular local song in the 1960s, describing our beautiful island nation of Singapore.
4 《春回大地》1970 “Spring Returned “ 1970
Lyrics by Lim Jwee Heng, the music is composed by local senior composer Lee Yuk Chuan, rearrangement/orchestration by Phoon Yew Tien
The song expresses the returning of spring and the happiness and joy of new year, portraying a prosperous nation.
5 《新加坡你多年轻》1960 “ You are young, Singapore” 1960
Lyrics by Singapore Culture Award winner Chow Kwok Chan, the music is composed by the late Singaporean composer/singer Tian Ming En, rearrangement/orchestration by Phoon Yew Tien
The song describes the unremitting effort and spirit of our people in the early days of nation- building.
6 《胶林，我们的母亲》1950 “Rubber plantation, our mother” 1950
Lyrics by Yuzhou, the music is composed by the late Singaporean composer Boh Chit Hee, rearrangement/orchestration by Phoon Yew Tien
There were rubber plantations in Singapore in the olden years. Walking in the rubber plantations, I couldn’t help but think of those rubber tappers who quietly endured hardships in life and contributed to the country development.
The following 3 songs will presented in a medley form:
7 国民服役歌曲 1 《我们是新加坡人》
已故新加坡文化奖得主以及作曲家梁荣平先生 Leong Yoon Pin作曲，潘耀田编曲/配器
NS Song 1 “We the People of Singapore” 1980 composed by Leong Yoon Pin, recipient of the Singapore Cultural Medallion, rearrangement/orchestration by Phoon Yew Tien
新加坡作曲家 Johnson Lee作曲， 潘耀田编曲/配器
NS Song 2 “Singapore Our Homeland” 1980 composed by Johnson Lee, rearrangement/orchestration by Phoon Yew Tien
9国民服役歌曲 3 《相信我吧！新加坡 》
Raymond Lam作词，新加坡作曲家Koh Joo Ann 作曲， 潘耀田编曲/配器
NS Song 3 “Believe in Me Singapore” 1980
Lyrics by: Raymond Lam, music by Koh Joo Ann, rearrangement/orchestration by Phoon Yew Tien
This arrangement for a symphony orchestra with mixed choir consists of three well-loved Singaporean NS songs; namely, We the People of Singapore (by Leong Yoon Pin), Singapore Our Homeland (by Johnson Lee) and Believe in Me Singapore (相信我吧！新加坡, by Raymond Lam and Koh Joo Ann). The music begins with a soft and gentle introduction with a fragment of the melody from Believe in Me Singapore, which subsequently leads to the upbeat and majestic NS songs/marches of We the People of Singapore and Singapore Our Homeland, before reaching its climax in Believe in Me Singapore.
The above songs will accompanied by symphony orchestra
violin 1 x10
violin 2 x8
Videos for referance
Semoga Bahagia 2018
March On - A Medley of NS Songs 2019
Munnaeru Vaalibaa 2018
Tentative collaborating groups and Individuals :
The SPH Choir
Conductor: Woo Man Ngan
The Ensemble Singer SYC
Conductor: Jennifer Tham/Chong Wai Lun
The One Chamber Choir
Conductor: Lim Ai Hui
The Soka Association Choir
Conductor: Woo Man Ngan
Symphony orchestra conductor:
Pianist: Shane Thio
Tentative concert date and venue:
10.2023 at Esplanade Concert Hall