Composer . Teacher
CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA - EMPYREAN LIGHTS
This being part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence, an official speech would have kicked off the concert, but in lieu of that, the orchestra played its historic first note in Hong Kong with Empyrean Lights by Ho Chee Kong, the school's head of composition. From the atmospheric opening on subtle cello notes, the audience was taken on a sentimental journey that, at the end, was reduced to solo trumpet calls the composer said "solemnly weave an epitaph in honour of a great statesman, Mr Lee Kuan Yew".
- Oliver Chou, South China Morning Post
Tree Hollow Echoes
for bassoon (by Michael Garza) and mridangam (by Tony Makarome)