The Singapore Symphony Orchestra plays West Side Story


On 13th April, my friends and I attended a truly dazzling film and music evening at the Esplanade Concert Hall. We watched the 1961 movie production of West Side Story, with the SSO playing the score, live. The orchestra was conducted by Joshua Tan, and led by Lynnette Seah. Read the programme notes.


Lynnette Seah Gives a Treat

On Saturday 27th January, my friends, family and I were treated to a mini-recital by Lynnette, accompanied by Shane Thio, the SSO’s pianist. On the programme:

  • Gluck: Melodie
  • Beethoven: Romance in F
  • Kreisler: Praeludium & Allegro
  • Rachmaninov: Vocalise
  • Kreisler: Londonderry Air
  • Massenet: Meditation

Lynnette & Shane have been playing together since 1985, and it showed.


After the mini-recital we had a taste of Lynnette’s other talent, cooking, specifically Peranakan cuisine from Lynnette’s Kitchen.



Don Gomes Visits

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Yesterday afternoon. Don’t ask me how it happened; I’m just glad that it did. Don is simply delightful to talk to. When I shyly asked him to play something on the piano he obliged with an improvisation on When You Wish Upon A Star from Disney’s 1940 movie Pinocchio.

Over a cup of coffee we chatted about:

  • What jazz artists listen for and aim to achieve when working in the recording and mastering studios;
  • Tuning and temperaments (I showed Don how Verituner works, and why it is worth learning how to wield a tuning hammer);
  • The difference between jazz piano and classical piano, and about learning to play jazz piano.


Don Gomes & Aya Sekine in Concert

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Last night I attended a concert by the jazz pianists Don Gomes and Aya Sekine, held at Emmanuel & Son’s music salon. Mr Kwan very kindly invited me to attend, even though the event was sold-out. Among the audience were the Australian high commissioner, and the Brazilian and Egyptian ambassadors. Don played on a Fazioli F278, while Aya played on a Fazioli F212. As you’d expect the pianos were beautifully prepared by Mr Kwan and his staff.

There is a pretty active jazz community here in Singapore. This I learned from the delightful Karen de Silva of the non-profit We Love Jazz SG. Visit their Facebook page and blog. Some photos by Bon Goût Music.

Help the Disabled, Poor & Needy

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For the coming holiday season, please help the less fortunate by buying gifts from ACTS Market, a social enterprise startup based in Singapore. It is an online marketplace for non-government organisations to sell handicrafts and other goods made by the disadvantaged people they help:

  • Former child slaves
  • Disadvantaged women
  • Impoverished families
  • Orphans & needy children
  • People with autism
  • Recovering mental patients
  • Rehabilitated street-ladies
  • The hearing-impaired
  • Victims of human trafficking
  • Widows & single mothers

If you live in Singapore, then you can use the coupon below to enjoy free local delivery for purchases of $100 or more.


Efim Bronfman & the SSO Play Beethoven & Bartok

My friend Lynnette passed me a complimentary ticket to the gala concert by Efim Bronfman and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. On the programme were two concertos–Beethoven’s 4th, and Bartok’s 2nd, preceded by Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture. Bronfman and the SSO were stunning, resulting in six curtain calls and two encores. This concert was possible only because Lang Lang had cancelled due to inflammation in his left arm.


Efim Bronfman & the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, 30th Nov 2017