Festival Winds 2019

The highly anticipated band event of the year “Festival Winds” organised by the Band Directors’ Association (Singapore) is back for its second year running from the 19th-21st and 23rd December 2019! Festival Winds is a premier musical experience for students (Secondary School and above) throughout Singapore to come together and perform with one another. At Festival Winds, students will participate in masterclasses with an esteemed professional faculty and rehearse as an ensemble for 4 days. At the end of the Festival, students will put up a full length concert to demonstrate their growth and development.

Festival Winds is grateful to welcome new sponsors Chenter Foundation, Licha Stelaus Productions and new venue partner Nanyang Polytechnic alongside our returning sponsor The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) who will be supporting Festival Winds 2019. Do also look forward to catch your favourite Band Directors in action as the Band Directors’ Association Band takes stage for the Festival Winds Honour Band Concert. Festival Winds Honour Band Concert will be conducted by BDA(S)’s esteemed advisor, Dr Leonard Tan from the National Institute of Education and Director of Music of the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band ME5 Tan Aik Kee Ken Steven.

This upcoming 4-day event, targeted at students aged 13 years old and above, is helmed by some of the top local professional directors with the following objectives:
– To provide a platform for band members from different schools to interact in a learning and performance environment
– To introduce ensemble playing and full band training to participants
– To create opportunities to foster camaraderie and teamwork
– To equip student leaders to be role models in discipline and skills to lead and assist other band members in music matters

Following are the details of the event:
Date: 19th to 21st, 23rd Dec 2019
Time: 8.30 to 6pm (19th to 21st Dec) / 1 to 10pm (23rd Dec)
Venue: Nanyang Polytechnic (19th to 21st Dec) / Esplanade Concert Hall (23rd Dec)
Fee: $78 (on a first come first serve basis)

Buy tickets to the concert at: https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/winds1219

Upon application, students will now be separated into 3 groups, based on their number of years of experience, and put through a series of intense ensemble and combined band training. The application fee includes provision of lunch and soft copy scores, which will be provided to applicants 1 month before the start of the camp. Applicants will be required to make your own way to and fro from Nanyang Polytechnic/Esplanade concert Hall for the 4 day period; and to prepare the music beforehand to the best of their ability. The camp will culminate in a concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 23rd December (Monday) at 7.30pm (Nanyang Polytechic: 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Singapore 569830 / Esplanade Concert Hall: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981). Concert tickets may be purchased separately at $20 each. Guest band for this concert will be the Band Directors’ Association Band.

Places are limited. If you have missed out on all the fun (think balloon drop and Christmas hats) last year, make sure you do not miss out on this again! Limited super early and early bird registrations are available so do hurry!

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