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.
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》。