Works of Sim Boon Yew: Whirling Melodies, Nostalgic Dreams


The Elements Chinese Orchestra’s annual concert for 2024 will showcase not only the most representative works of Sim Boon Yew, but also premiere various newly arranged pieces by him!

Sim Boon Yew is a renowned Chinese Orchestral Musician. He was part of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) as a Zhong Hu performer (from 1997-2017) and a resident Music Arranger. His great passion in Chinese orchestral music is manifested through his active participation and promotion of it in numerous community cultural events. In 2021, he was conferred the Public Service Award by His Excellency, the President of Singapore.
With his enthusiasm in Chinese Orchestral music, Sim Boon Yew has composed and arranged more than two hundred music pieces in local ethnic tunes which has deeply impacted the local Chinese orchestral music composing scene. Aside from being frequently appointed by various local and foreign professional orchestras to compose music, his works have also been frequently performed by amateur orchestras locally, as well as in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Malaysia.

"Theme of the Pioneers" is a majestic piece known from the iconic Hong Kong martial arts films 'Palm of Rulai’ and Stephen Chow's 'Kung Fu'; "Suriram", "Variations on the Theme of Burong Kakak Tua," and "The Bubbling Creek Flows," draws inspiration from folk melodies of Indonesia, Malaysia and China; "Impressions of Xiang Tunes" and "Sword Dance" incorporate musical elements of Fujian Opera and Peking Opera; our concert will also feature one of Sim Boon Yew's masterpiece, "Little Note," the soundtrack of an award-winning short film of the same name, directed by Royston Tan. This piece will be conducted by the maestro himself during the concert!

Join us in an immersive exploration of captivating cultural charm! The Elements Chinese Orchestra eagerly anticipates to present to you a musical feast, inviting the exquisite melodies to resonate in your hearts, as we collectively celebrate the grandeur of ethnic musical expression!

Date: 22 to 23 June 2024
Venue: klpac
Time: 7 pm on Saturday, 3 pm on Sunday

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