Overseas Trips
13th March 2015

Chinese Orchestra OLJ, Xiamen, China

The Dunman High School Chinese Orchestra embarked on an overseas school immersion programme to Xiamen, China from 13th-19th March 2015. The Orchestra members had the honour of performing in two prominent theatres, Banlam Grand Theatre and Gulangyu Concert Hall during this overseas trip. It was a privilege to be able to put up concerts at these venues, which were recognised for their contributions in the promotion of Chinese culture as well as excellent facilities. Under the baton of our music director Dr Tay Teow Kiat and conductor Ms Wang Guiying, the Orchestra managed to put up successful performances despite having to adapt to the vastly different climate in China. The pieces played for the concerts included widely known pieces such as “Songs from Xibei”, “Windy City Melody” and “The Great Wall Capriccio”, which showcased the different ethnic influences in Chinese traditional music. The Orchestra also had the opportunity to collaborate with the local students and shared the stage to perform pieces such as “Waves of Gulang Isle” and “The Great Wall Capriccio”. As part of a cultural interaction, and to celebrate Singapore’s 50thbirthday, the Orchestra also performed pieces with a Singaporean flavour such as “Voices from the Heart” and “We are Singapore”.

These two concerts were also highly publicised on newspapers and television stations in Xiamen. Newspapers such as Xiamen Diary published articles on the Orchestra’s performances, according praise on the Orchestra’s interpretation of pieces played, and also recognising the Orchestra’s effort in promoting Chinese music.

In addition, the Orchestra also had the opportunity to participate in exchange programmes with the students of various top schools such as Xiamen Shuangshi Middle School of Fujian, Xiamen Music School and Xiamen Foreign Language School. It was a valuable opportunity for members of the Orchestra to discuss the differences in school life of both countries as well as to share their common interest in music. Students from the various schools warmly welcomed the Orchestra’s members by preparing special lessons and bringing the students on educational tours around their school campus, which our members thoroughly enjoyed.

Our orchestra members then spent three days visiting places of interest in Xiamen and Wuyishan to immerse in their rich culture. The Orchestra visited Ao Yuan, where the tomb of Mr Tan Kah Kee is sited. There, they developed a better understanding of the acclaimed Chinese businessman and his various contributions to the people and his country. The visit toGulangyu Island allowed students to experience the relaxing lifestyle of the residents living on the “Island of Music” while gaining a stronger appreciation for music. Students also had the chance to visit places such as Wuyi Mountain Xiamei Ancient Village and even got to experience a bamboo raft ride on the Jiuqu River. Through these experiences, students were able to broaden their world view and gain insight into the history of both ancient and modern China, as well as to immerse in the serene atmosphere of nature.

The rare opportunity to travel abroad to perform allowed for greater exposure to Chinese heritage and culture as well as for our members to hone their performing skills and deepen their understanding of Chinese music. This trip also provided our members with valuable shared experiences which helped forge stronger friendships. This trip was definitely a memorable one which will forever be etched in our minds.

我校华乐团于2015 年3月13日至19日到访中国,在厦门、鼓浪屿和武夷山表演、交流,并观光学习。

此行中,我团有机会在著名的闽南大戏院以及鼓浪屿音乐厅进行两场公演。我团为能够登上被视为舞台艺术发展中心的两个舞台呈献公演,而倍感荣幸。虽然当地的表演场所对于团员们来说十分陌生, 但在音乐总监郑朝吉博士和指挥王桂英老师的带领下,我团成功地呈献了这两场演出。演出曲目有展现中华文化之美的《老天爷下甘雨》、《关东风情》、《长城随想曲》等。为了庆祝新加坡建国50周年,我团也演奏了新加坡的歌曲《小人物的心声》和《我们是新加坡》。我团也有机会与当地学校的学生在两场公演中联袂演奏了几首曲目,例如 《鼓浪屿之波》与《长城随想曲》。

我团的演出成功地展示了两地文化交流的成果,得到当地观众的热烈反响和高度赞扬。当地的媒体也对我团的演出给予极高评价,厦门广电网和《厦门日报》等对我团的演出盛况进行了大幅报道,对我团精湛、专业的演奏水平,及致力于推广中华音乐的精神大加赞赏。

我团成员也有机会与厦门市双十学校、厦门音乐学校以及厦门市外国语学校等校师生进行交流学习。同学们彼此分享了校园生活和对音乐的执着与热爱。当地的学校为迎接我团师生的到来,精心准备了有趣的课程,并带领团员们参观校园与学校设施,让团员们更加了解当地中学及艺校的校园生活。

在为期七天的行程中,团员们也参观了当地的一些名胜古迹。团员们通过参观陈嘉庚先生的陵墓——鳌园,更深入地了解了他为国家与人民做出的贡献和付出的心血。此外,团员们也有机会来到“音乐之乡”鼓浪屿,沉浸在岛上宁静的环境中,并对华乐发展有了更深广的认识。同学们也参观了厦门的下梅古民居、黄岗山大峡谷等景点,对中国古代历史文化和当代的蓬勃发展以及壮美的大自然景观有更进一步的认识,开阔了视野,增广了见闻,有利于培养全球视野。

这次访华之旅,为同学们提供了宝贵的演出机会,不仅让团员们磨练和提升了表演技巧,也增进了他们对中华文化与传统的认识。旅程中的各种宝贵经验,以及途中建立的友谊,使华乐团更为团结,团员之间也更为亲近。此行的点点滴滴必会成为同学们求学生涯中难忘的回忆,铭刻在团员们的心中,也会为华乐团未来的发展奠定更坚实的基础。

关于德明政府中学访华演出的新闻、广播及报章报导:

新加坡德明政府中学华乐团来厦交流
时间:2015年03月16日  台海网络电视台
昨晚(3月15日),新加坡德明政府中学华乐团/联袂厦门音乐学校鼓浪屿青少年民族乐团的师生们,在闽南大戏院呈献了一场精彩的“华夏情”音乐会。

音乐会运用大合奏、弹拨乐合奏、打击乐合奏等表现形式,演出了《代父从军》、《长城随想》、《鼓浪屿之波》、《台湾民谣幻想组曲》等曲目。其中多个曲目是师生们通过近半年的各自准备,经过几天的磨合后在现场共同合奏的。

(新加坡德明政府中学学生)当我们交流的时候,就会大开眼界,让我们看到(同一曲目)有不同的解释方法,真是让我们学习到非常多。

新加坡德明政府中学华乐团是新加坡乐坛上的一支生力军,多次出访海外。今年是新加坡共和国建国50周年,也是新加坡和中国建交25周年。由新加坡驻厦门总领事馆和新加坡厦门公会推动的这次音乐交流,也是庆祝活动之一。

(新加坡德明政府中学校长 符传丰)借这样喜庆的日子,我们再一次踏上中国,让我们的学生能够在欢庆建国50周年的时候,带来我们的友谊。

(新加坡德明政府中学学生)厦门是很美的城市,跟我以前来过的印象有很大改变,更加文明了,更加干净了。

(新加坡驻厦门总领事馆总领事 池兆森)除了这次活动以外,我们今年还会打算赠送一批关于新加坡的书籍给厦门的图书馆。

市委常委、政法委书记詹沧洲到场聆听音乐会。

中新两国中学生合奏民乐《鼓浪屿之波》
来源:厦门人民政府网

新加坡华乐团首次来厦 两国乐团合作演绎华夏
来源:东南网

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