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Philharmonic Wind Orchestra

Leonard TAN, Music Director
LAU Lifeng, Guest Conductor
Vincent TAN, Euphonium


30 July 2022, Saturday, 3pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

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Leonard Tan

Music Director

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Lau Lifeng

Guest Conductor

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Vincent Tan



Leonard Bernstein

Overture to “Candide”

Lee Jinjun

Concertino for Euphonium
Vincent Tan, Euphonium

John Mackey

Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band

J. Hisaishi & Y. Kimura (arr. Morita)

Spirited Away


Comprising over 150 skilled musicians, Philharmonic Wind Orchestra (PWO) was founded in 2022 to continue the legacy of The Philharmonic Winds and Philharmonic Youth Winds. Led by Music Director Leonard Tan, PWO continues its long-standing artistic mission of advancing wind music in Singapore, at the same time expanding its outreach to all segments of the Singaporean community. Since 2000, The Philharmonic Winds and Philharmonic Youth Winds have been known for presenting meaningfully-programmed concerts of consistently high standards. Each concert revolves around a theme, such as Sounds of Japan, All That Jazz, Absoluut Dutch, An American Portrait and Death and Life, amongst others. Through its regular concert and “Singapore Compose” series, The Philharmonic Winds and Youth Winds also strongly support Singaporean composers by performing and premiering their works, devoting entire concerts to Singaporean compositions. Some prominent composers featured are Leong Yoon Pin, Kelly Tang and Phoon Yew Tien, to name but a few. The orchestras also seek to enrich wind repertoire with arrangements by their very own members. The Philharmonic Winds and Youth Winds have also won numerous international and local accolades, including The Philharmonic Winds' Gold with Distinction at the First Division of the 15th World Music Contest in Kerkrade, the Netherlands in 2005, Second Prize at the 127th Certamen Internacional de Bandas de Música (127th International Winds Band Contest) in Valencia, Spain in 2013, and the Youth Winds' Gold Medal in the Concert Division of the 2018 Singapore International Band Festival, building upon its prior achievement of Top Band in the First Division of the same competition in 2008. As the wind music scene emerges from the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic, PWO looks forward to its third decade of music-making and community-building by continuing to bring quality cutting-edge wind repertoire to greater audiences and to champion the works of Singaporean composers locally and abroad.

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