About Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra

 

The Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (BHSO) is one of Singapore’s finest community music ensembles. Established in 1986 under the auspices of the Braddell Heights Community Club, the orchestra has been the musical home for local as well as expatriate musicians from around the world with a passion for music. Helmed by Maestro Yan Yin Wing for over 24 years (1989-2012), the orchestra’s membership grew from a handful of enthusiasts into a full size symphony orchestra. Under the leadership of its Music Director Adrian Tan, the BHSO’s community-based direction has been revitalized with innovative concert programs and exciting new initiatives like The Joy Chorale (TJC), a community choir under the direction of Khor Ai Ming, significantly expanding the orchestra’s scope and repertoire.

Today, the BHSO family comprises over 80 professional/amateur orchestral musicians and 150 chorus singers, working together to present an annual season of five major concerts and two chamber music recitals, with many more educational and outreach events every year.

The BHSO takes pride in its wide range of projects, collaborations and repertoire. It has worked with many renowned international and local conductors and soloists including Helen Quach (Vietnam), Paul Banda (Hungary), Albert Tiu (Phillipines) and Ee-Ping (Singapore).

Committed to developing and promoting homegrown musical talent, the BHSO has featured many well-known Singaporean soloists who are making their mark in the music world today, in its “Gifted Young Musicians” concerts since 1997. The music of local composers are regularly featured. In recent years, the BHSO has commissioned and performed music by Bernard Tan, Low Shao Ying & Low Shao Suan, Jeremy Monteiro and Americ Goh. In 2015, BHSO was lauded for its efforts in reviving “Symphony No. 2 for symphony orchestra and chorus” by pioneer composer Leong Yoon Pin – an important masterpiece that had not been performed since its premiere in 1979.

In recent years, the BHSO has earned a reputation with its innovative approach to promoting classical music, winning over new audiences with entertaining and informative concerts presented in an engaging way. Audiences were invited to sing along with soloists and chorus in Handel’s famous oratorio “Messiah” in 2013, and in 2015, 30 members of the public, who had little or no training in music were invited to join the chorus for a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – which was performed to a full-house at the Esplanade Concert Hall to great acclaim. Their memorable and inspiring journey was captured in the short documentary film “There is music in every one of us” that was broadcast on Mediacorp’s okto channel in February 2016 and remains available for viewing online at Toggle (www.toggle.sg).

In 2016, the BHSO celebrated its 30th Anniversary with exciting performances joined by conductor Apo Hsu (Taiwan) and soloists Albert Tiu (Philippines) and Kevin Loh (Singapore). Highlights include music by local composers, Kelly Tang and Leong Yoon Pin. The musical celebrations culminated in a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

 


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