6th Singapore Lieder Festival: Reviews and Receptions

The 6th Singapore Lieder Festival ended well with the blessings of our supporters. We are also very much humbled by the reviews and receptions to this year’s programme.

First of all, the locally commissioned songs were all so well-received. We were glad we could do justice to the beauty of what Dr Tang, Dr Goh and Kit Yeng wrote for us.

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Dr Tang’s facebook message

 

In his facebook post, Dr Tang was extremely generous and kind when he said ‘Never before came a greater impetus to compose, nor have I felt more heightened angst and anxiety upon completing a score. As such, last night’s sublime premiere came as an unprecedented surprise, which happens when performers make the music their own. Thank you Shane & Adrian for bringing to life Romeo’s transcendent adoration for Juliet in such palpable & melting fashion.’

 

 

 

 

 

We were also very blessed to have a positive review in the Straits Times (published 31st October 2016) :

‘Sing Song Club co-founder tenor Adrian Poon sang in 10 songs. His mellow, natural and unforced voice was ideal for songs with flowing lyrical lines, such as Martin Shaw’s I Know A Bank (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Patrick Doyle’s Sigh No More, Ladies (Much Ado About Nothing).’

‘Soprano Cherylene Liew’s exquisitely poised voice accounted for Hugo Wolf’s Lied Des Transferierten Zettel (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, sung in German), Ernest Chausson’s Chanson D’Amour (Measure For Measure, French) and Haydn’s She Never Told Her Love (Twelfth Night, English), which provided further contrasts.’

‘Baritone Daniel Fong was given the honour of opening the recital, where a nice boomy glow to his voice graced Glen Roven’s I To The World (Comedy Of Errors) and Schubert’s Was Ist Sylvia? (Two Gentlemen Of Verona).’

‘The songs for multiple voices included Frederick Keel’s You Spotted Snakes (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with soprano Yap Shin Min and mezzo-soprano Ng Sheh Feng, Liza Lehmann’s How Sweet The Moonlight (The Merchant Of Venice) and George Shearing’s Fie On Sinful Fantasy (Merry Wives Of Windsor). Bob Chilcott’s Come Unto These Yellow Sands (The Tempest) closed the delightful evening with three women’s voices in the brightest of spirits.’

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But Soft…

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“But Soft…” will receive its world premiere on 27th October 2016. To be performed by Adrian Poon and Shane Thio.

But Soft…
by Kelly Tang

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid since she is envious.
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
As daylight doth a lamp. Her eye in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!

I cannot stop singing this song! This work by Dr Kelly Tang is ultimate Hollywood!

We commissioned three local composers to create new works for us for this year’s lieder festival, and this is Dr Tang’s contribution, an adaptation of Romeo’s speech in Act 2 scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet.

I cannot imagine a more perfect setting. The lines are gorgeous to sing. Harmonic shifts are fantastic, meaningful, and effective. I have not enjoyed a song so much for a while, and I am immensely grateful I have this work in my hands. I hope I do a good job if it. That last page sends me over the moon! And can the setting of the word ‘envious’ be more seductive?

We are premiering this song on 27th October. We have such gifted and talented composers on this island, we really need to celebrate them more.

Thank you so much Dr Tang for this most wonderful of creations.

Adrian Poon

 

The 6th Singapore Lieder Festival 2016: 27-30 October, 8pm, The Arts House

The Sing Song Club Presents

Most Heavenly Music of the Spheres! 

Songs of William Shakespeare

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A specially curated Lieder Festival to celebrate the mostly heavenly works by William Shakespeare through art songs.

27th Oct 8pm – The Histories and Tragedies
28th Oct 8pm – The Comedies and Problem Plays
29th Oct 8pm – It was a Lover and His Lass
30th Oct 8pm – Poetry

World premiere of newly commissioned songs composed especially for The Sing Song Club by Dr Kelly Tang, Dr Zechariah Goh and Leong Kit Yeng!

Tickets at $20, $15 (Concession) and $60 (Festival pass) at http://thesingsongclub.peatix.com/

Performed by Cherylene LiewYap Shing MinNg Sheh FengAdrian PoonDaniel Fong, Chong Wai Lun, William Lim and Shane Thio with Gloria Ang and Frank Lee.

 

 

Gloria Ang, label-free artiste

Gloria

Xiao Ting is 23, a coffee addict and a label-free artiste. She believes in creating work that flirts with various mediums, particularly those that she may not be most familiar with.

She believes in collisions with random moving parts and particularly in an age without borders, she entertains this possibility fairly frequently. More importantly, she has been blessed with opportunities to work with beautiful artists and is deeply humbled by their courage and tenacity.

You can check out out some of Xiao Ting’s performances and projects,

and learn more about her background and professional experience.

Feel free to contact her too!

The Alphabet Series: P is for Poulenc’s Phone Palaver

160202 Sing Song Club La Voix Humaine from Jennifer Lien on Vimeo.

A woman, a telephone, her despair. These three elements make up Jean Cocteau’s enigmatic 1928 monodrama La Voix Humaine, expertly set to music by Francis Poulenc in 1958. This work presents theatrical conventions in their barest forms, and in so doing, strips the woman’s emotions to the very core, raw and painful, and all you hear is her voice, the true protagonist of the work. This evening, the Sing Song Club presents Poulenc’s final opera, La Voix Humaine, a woman’s final telephone conversation with her lover.

Jennifer Lien, Soprano
Shane Thio, Piano